College of Education2013-2014

Department of Teaching and Learning

Curriculum and Instruction, Doctor of Education

This dissertation-based degree is designed for those who seek advanced preparation in teaching and curriculum with the goal of participating professionally in a variety of venues, including public and private schools, community colleges, government, and other agencies.


What Can I Do with a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction?

This degree is appropriate if you are seeking advanced preparation in teaching and learning and wish to prepare for professional leadership and participation in public or private schools, community colleges, universities, and other agencies.

University Requirements

  • To receive a Doctor of Education Degree (Ed.D.) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses, from one or more disciplines, ranging from at least 63-90 units of graduate-level courses. Most plans require research, a dissertation, and comprehensive exams. All plans have residency requirements regarding time spent on the Flagstaff campus engaged in full-time study.

    The full policy can be viewed here.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 90
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Dissertation Dissertation is required.
Oral Defense Oral Defense is required.
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Research Individualized research is required.


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application required ( for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit .
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements:

    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • GRE® revised General Test or Miller Analogies Exam
    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Writing sample
    • Personal statement or essay
Doctoral Requirements
  • Take the following 90 units:

    • <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error> (9 units)
    • Select one course from: <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error> (3 units)
    • <Course Error> (3 units)
    • <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error> (12 units)
    • One Educational Foundations course numbered 500 or above (3 units)
    • <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error> (9 units)
    • Select one course from: <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error> (3 units)
    • <Course Error> or <Course Error> (3 units)
    • Planned Focus covering current thought in an area of applied curriculum and instruction. This must include courses in foundational/theoretical/philosophical perspectives, research methodology, and new developments. (18 units)
    • Select one course from: <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>. We recommend that this course be outside your focus area. (3 units)
    • <Course Error> (3 units)
    • Additional graduate coursework (12 units)
    • <Course Error>, for the research, writing, and oral defense of an approved dissertation. You may end up taking more than the required units you can count toward your degree because you must register for it each semester while you are working on your dissertation. (9 units)
    For more information about residency and other requirements that pertain to this degree, see Doctoral Requirements Policy.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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