Frequently asked questions
Helpful information for students in the Department of Educational Leadership at NAU
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Where do I go for advising in Flagstaff? Accordion Closed
Please contact Jennifer Offutt in the EDL office by email to schedule an appointment.
Where do I get advising if I don’t live in Flagstaff? Accordion Closed
Where can I get help for problems with class registration? Accordion Closed
Visit the Office of the Registrar site.
What if the class I want is full? Accordion Closed
If a class is full, students must get a capacity override directly from the instructor. Please refer to the “registration help” link described above.
How do I set up an independent study? Accordion Closed
Individualized study arrangements must go through your advisor. On our forms page, select Individualized Study Contract. Follow the instructions on that form.
You are not offering the class I want right now, when will you offer it again? Accordion Closed
If you have any questions concerning which classes may be offered in the future, contact Dr. Bob Boothe by email.
Does the Department of Educational Leadership offer any tuition waivers? Accordion Closed
The Department of Educational Leadership can recommend one tuition waiver per year for an in-state (Arizona resident) Educational Leadership student and one tuition waiver per year for an out-of-state (Arizona non-resident) Educational Leadership student. Tuition waivers are assigned in the spring of each year for the fall and spring of the following academic year. This will open in Microsoft Word. You must print the blank form, fill it out, and then send it to the Educational Leadership office, to the attention of Jennifer Offutt. A one-page letter is required as to why you think you should get a tuition waiver. You will be notified by the Graduate College if you receive a tuition waiver. If waivers have already been granted for the semesters you want, there still might be an opportunity to receive a tuition waiver through the Graduate College due to students who may have declined previously-awarded waivers from other departments. Therefore, you may wish to apply for a tuition waiver anyway, in hopes that something becomes available.
How do I find more information about the Department of Educational Leadership’s master’s program? Accordion Closed
See the programs of study page.
What do I need to do to get admitted? Accordion Closed
Submit an application to the Graduate College for admission to the university, as well as an application to the Educational Leadership Department. You will need to consult with an Educational Leadership advisor and submit a completed program of study within the first semester. Note: students pursuing administrative certification must also supply a copy of their current AZ teaching certificate.
May I transfer credits from another institution or program into my master’s program? Accordion Closed
A maximum of nine hours (25 percent of your total hours) may be transferred from another institution, but they must be relevant to your course of study and have been taken within the allowed six-year time period, or be part of a previously-completed master’s degree. Also, they cannot have counted toward any part of an undergraduate program. Your advisor must approve any petitions to transfer credit from another university.
Are classes available to complete the master’s degree entirely online? Accordion Closed
No. A few limited classes are available online, but most are either face-to-face classes or available at selected statewide campuses. Find a complete listing of all online degrees and certifications offered by Northern Arizona University.
How do I find more information about the Educational Leadership doctoral program? Accordion Closed
See the programs of study page.
Do I need a master’s degree to apply to the doctoral program? Accordion Closed
Yes, verification of an earned master’s degree is required prior to acceptance into the doctoral program.
May I transfer credit from another institution or program into my doctoral program? Accordion Closed
It is not permissible to transfer credit hours into the doctoral program from other institutions. Only coursework taken at NAU in pursuit of the superintendent certificate plan may transfer into the doctoral program within the K-12 emphasis.
Can I count classes taken at Northern Arizona University before my admission into your doctoral program? Accordion Closed
Only coursework taken at NAU in pursuit of the superintendent certificate plan may transfer into the doctoral program within the K-12 emphasis. There is no guarantee of acceptance into the doctoral program due to the completion of such courses.
I was on campus for a previous master’s degree. Is it possible to count that as the residency requirement? Accordion Closed
Residency is required so you can experience a scholarly atmosphere with access to events, resources, and fellow academicians while in pursuit of your degree. Having been on campus at a time previous to being in a doctoral program, you would not have been engaged in the same activities that count toward graduate residency for doctoral degrees. However, our department has worked out a special plan with the Graduate College whereby Education Leadership doctoral students can meet their residency requirements through various weekend or summer workshops, activities, and classes. Those particular options may change from year to year, so they will be clarified after students are admitted into the program.
When do classes begin? Accordion Closed
The first semester of classes for any admission group will be the summer following acceptance into the program.
Are classes available to complete the doctoral degree entirely online? Accordion Closed
No. A few limited classes are available online, but most are either face-to-face classes or available at selected statewide sites via ITV or interactive computer. You should be able to get all of the classes required for your doctoral degree in a timely manner if you are willing to travel to the Phoenix or Flagstaff campuses. This is in addition to the residency requirements described above. Find a complete listing of all online degrees and certifications offered by Northern Arizona University.