Published: October 5th, 2018

Special Education Directors,

The Leaders in Exceptional-education Addressing Diversity, Research and Service (LEADERS) grant at NAU will offer financial support to a limited number of scholars who pursue a Curriculum and Instruction (C & I) PhD program with a focus in culturally and linguistically diverse exceptional (CLDE) education. LEADERS Cohort begins in January 2019 and ends May 2023. Courses are on-line in spring and fall semesters and in-person in summer. A mandatory in-person seminar of approximately one week, funded by the grant, is held in Flagstaff each spring and fall. Comprehensive exams and a dissertation of each scholar’s research related to CLDE students are required to complete the doctorate. The LEADERS grant provides funding for tuition, books, travel to campus in summer, as well as summer campus housing. Enrichment seminars with nationally known researchers in culturally diverse special education are an integral part of this doctoral program. After graduation, LEADERS graduates are prepared and expected to take positions at colleges or universities as full-time special education faculty.


Oct. 5-Nov.10, 2018                  Contact Judith Ulrich for application PRIOR applying to the graduate college.

Nov. 12, 2018                             LEADERS application due to NAU ([email protected])

Nov. 12, 2018                             Application to NAU Graduate College C & I Doctoral Program: $65 non-refundable fee. A complete application includes letters of recommendation.

Dec. 15, 2018                             Notification to individuals receiving LEADERS grant funding

Jan. 14, 2019                              LEADERS Coursework begins

Jan. 18-21, 2019                        LEADERS’ participants meet in person at NAU for required orientation

For more information about the program and upcoming informational meetings, see this flyer or contact Judy Ulrich at [email protected] or 928-523-5193.