Ph.D. On Campus

Curriculum and Instruction

Northern Arizona University

24 months
25708 USD/year
25708 USD/year
10480 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Curriculum and Instruction program of the Northern Arizona University 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.


Purpose Statement

The Curriculum and Instruction program of the Northern Arizona University is designed and ideally suited for educational professionals with prior degrees in fields such education, higher education, and other professional fields (i.e. engineering and nursing). Individuals may be continuing their academic journey, or engaged in careers such as teaching (K-20), education leadership, curriculum development, or community development through curricular design. 

Students have a desire to engage in a rigorous program to gain a thorough understanding of the field of curriculum and instruction. Ultimately, through their research, publication, and professional contributions, candidates will enrich the field of education and curriculum design throughout Arizona, the nation, and internationally. Students participate in advanced coursework, readings, and seminars that explore the depth and breadth of major theories, and research methodologies across the field of curriculum and instruction. Engaging with faculty members, students explore theoretical frameworks and construct reasoned curricular arguments that fit within the field of curriculum and instruction as well as their professional contexts of practice. 

Our graduates work in many educational contexts including universities, community colleges, K-12 districts and schools, as well as business, technical, and vocational institutions. Pursing expertise through the program’s progression pathways, graduates from the C&I Program are prepared to assume positions as assistant professors in several diverse areas (including, but not limited to: curriculum and instruction, teacher education, instructional design, and early childhood education). Additionally, international students graduating from this program, often return to assume university faculty positions and become agents of change within their communities. The PhD program prepares individuals to assume expert roles in many fields of education such as: learning and curricular, design, higher education, education technology, and leadership.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Frameworks of Curriculum
  • Doctoral Program Success Seminar
  • Writing for Publication Seminar
  • Grant-Writing Skills, Knowledge, and Dispositions Seminary
  • Advanced Seminar in Curriculum Problems
  • Paradigms For Research In Curriculum And Instruction

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs
  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent
  • Transcripts
  • English language proficiency
  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Letter of interest
  • Writing sample (between 5-10 pages in length with reference list)
  • Professional/leadership experiences in education
  • Community, Non-professional activities
  • Personal history of working in diverse settings
  • Personal statement on diversity

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25708 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25708 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25708 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25708 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    10480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10480 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Flagstaff

1010 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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