Instructional Leadership, emphasis: K-12 School Leadership (MEd)
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Hands-on learning at NAU


Dive deep into your study area

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At NAU, we know how important it is for you to gain experience in your chosen field of study. Here, you can immerse yourself in your area of interest through internships and numerous other hands-on learning opportunities.

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On average, nearly 
3,000
students participate in research and internships each year
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Our student teachers serve in 
250+
schools

Opportunities across campus

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You will find opportunities for experiential learning in all departments across campus. Work with world-renowned professors on research projects, perform in—or manage—plays and operas, organize hospitality events, and so much more. You can also gain experience through an internship.

Find hands-on learning experiences through your degree program and discover NAU’s impact on Flagstaff and beyond.

“NAU gave me the opportunity to learn from working journalists in NAZ Today, a real newsroom. It couldn’t get any more hands-on. They gave me constructive criticism that taught me valuable lessons. I am a better journalist for it. Not many journalism students get that kind of experience.”
– Cheyenne Mumphrey, BA Communication Studies, '16, Flagstaff Campus

Pursue your passions and make connections

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“My main research focuses on the outer solar system, so things around Pluto and further out. One of the main projects that I am working on is looking for another planet in our solar system, usually called Planet X. I use the supercomputer here on campus, Monsoon, to do lots and lots of computer simulations that test where the planet could be and gravitational signatures that show if the planet is there.”
– Will Oldroyd, pursuing a doctorate in Astronomy and Planetary Science, Flagstaff Campus

Find connections


Mark Molinaro, Senior Lecturer, School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, advises you to “put yourself out there” to connect with others on campus and demonstrate your passions.