School of Diné Studies and Education

Welcome to the School of Dine Studies and Education. We have recently, as of Fall 2017, merged former Division of Dine Studies and Division of Center for Dine Teacher Education, into one School. We currently have a School Dean, Dr. Lawrence Isaac Jr, an Administrative Assistant, a Program Coordinator, and a combined count of 18 faculties that teach courses which fall under the School of Dine Studies and Education. We have 2 Certificate programs, 3 Associate of Arts degree programs, 2 Bachelor of Arts degree programs, 1 Bachelor of Science degree program, and 2 endorements programs.

Certificate in Navajo Cultural Arts
Certificate in Navajo Nation Leadership
Associate of Arts in Diné Studies
Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education
Associate of Arts in Education
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Mathematics track
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Science track
Endorsement Early Childhood Education
Endorsement Math

We currently have two grant programs under our school: the Certificate in Navajo Cultural Arts Program and the Stem Equity Program.


NCAP Spring 2019 Newsletter

Dean and Contact

Lawrence Isaac Jr. Ph.D.
School of Diné Studies and Education
Ned Hatalie Center, 5th and 6th Floors
Tsaile Campus


PO Box C-15
Tsaile, AZ 86556



Dean’s Biographical Data

Lawrence Isaac, Jr. is a enrolled member of Navajo Nation, and his Navajo clan is nanastzhi’taabahah; naatooh’dineh;taa’chiini yaa’sheii’; kiyaahani bi’nalli; and lliz’ze’lanii daa’bi’cheii. Originally home area is Black Mesa, near Kayenta AZ, He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran; a graduate of Navajo Community College (1969: first Student Body President for three semesters). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Educational Administration with a minor in Higher Education. Dr. Isaac served as the Eastern Area Education Program Administrator, OIEP, Washington, D.C (1986-1990) working with 25 federally-recognized tribes; Deputy Director, Environmental Assessment Studies, Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, IL; President, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Academy, Mystic, CT; Director of Education, Rough Rock Demonstration School; first Navajo Utah Trust Fund Administrator, Blanding, UT; Vice President, Student Affairs & Administration, Navajo Community College; Superintendent, Shonto Prepartory School; Dean of Students, Navajo Technical University; and present Dean, School of Dine Studies & Education, Dine College.

Lawrence Isaac, Jr., Dean, School of Dine Studies & Education
Ph.D. – Education Admin. & Higher Education, The University of Arizona
M.A. – Education Administration, The University of Arizona
Certificate – American Indian Law, Summer Law Program, University of New Mexico
B.A. – Government/Anthropology, The University of Arizona
A.A. – Navajo Community College

Latest News

Endorsement Courses.The School of Diné Studies and Education has developed two sets of endorsement courses that are aligned to requirements of the Arizona Department of Education. The courses promote culturally appropriate teaching and learning strategies for Navajo learners. They are designed for teachers, taught by teachers, with real-world applications in Navajo Nation schools. All courses will be offered at Tsaile Campus.

Math endorsement courses for Fall 2018:

  • Fall 2018

    • EPD 251: Geometry and Measurement in Grades K-8 (3 credits) (ADE: Geometry and Measurement).

Registration for returning endorsement candidates. Teacher candidates who have been admitted to the College may register up until the first day of class. You will need to complete a course registration form and return it to the SDSE office prior to the first day of class.

Registration for new endorsement candidates. Teacher candidates who have not been admitted to the College (and thus have not taken other endorsement courses with us) must provide the following. Complete and return to the SDSE prior to the first day of class:

  • College admission application with non-refundable $20 application fee (you will need to indicate “Non-Degree Seeking” status on the application).
  • Official CIB or enrollment card (applies to Navajo and American Indian students only).

SDSE Online Courses – Are They Right for You?

The SDSE now offers a variety of courses online via the College’s course management system, Blackboard. Are they right for you? Does online learning suit your style of learning? Will you be satisfied taking courses in an online environment? Consider the following things that are expected of students enrolled in Distance Education courses (the list below is adapted from a similar list created by New Mexico State University):

  • I have a reliable computer and internet access necessary to participate successfully in a distance education course.
  • I am able to devote 4 to 8 hours online, per week per course, to distance learning.
  • My schedule is predictable enough to plan ahead for study and coursework.
  • I have the time management skills to balance the demands of school and a job (in other words, I will not leave my assignments until the last minute).
  • I am organized, motivated, and self-disciplined.
  • I am willing to take responsibility for getting whatever help I need by asking questions of other students and the instructor.
  • I have strong reading and writing skills.
  • I feel comfortable expressing my ideas and questions in writing and have successfully done so using email and discussion boards in the past.
  • I am comfortable downloading and installing software.
  • I look forward to learning new computer technologies or will try even if somewhat apprehensive.

In addition to study habits, it is important to also possess the technical skills necessary to complete an online course. Consider the following computer skills that are expected of teacher candidates taking online courses:

  • I understand basic file management tasks such as creating and renaming files and folders.
  • I know how to save and retrieve files and documents.
  • I know how to upload files.
  • I am able to have several applications open at the same time and move between them.
  • I know how to install software on my computer.
  • I can describe any technical difficulties I may have in order to receive assistance.
  • I am familiar with word processing software and can use it comfortably.
  • I understand how to use email.
  • I know how to keep my software, such as internet browsers, up to date.
  • I understand how to change my browser settings.
  • I know how to search the Web effectively.
  • I understand how to read and follow technical instructions to accomplish new tasks.

Why choose Diné College?

  • You take classes close to home. We also have student housing.
  • Tuition is affordable. Financial Aid is also available from Pell Grants and The Navajo Nation.
  • The program is based on Sa’ah Naagháí Bik’eh Hózhoon. It includes Navajo Teaching, Culture, History, and Philosophy, and prepares you to teach children, k-12 setting.
  • Graduates are eligible for licensure. You are qualified for provisional teaching license and an SEI endorsement in Arizona or an initial license in New Mexico, and to teach in K-8 classrooms on The Navajo Nation.
  • As a licensed professional, you will be highly sought out by schools and districts across The Navajo Nation.
  • You can go full-time or part-time. Classes take place in the evenings and on weekends. You can keep your present job.
  • Ninety-five percent of our licensed graduates teach in Navajo Schools. They make good money. Many have continued their education to earn master’s and doctoral degrees.


Description with interviews about the Navajo Immersion program at Tséhootsooi Elementary School in Fort Defiance, Arizona, along with its connections to the School of Diné Studies and Education.

Dean and Contact

Lawrence Isaac Jr. Ph.D.
School of Diné Studies and Education
Ned Hatalie Center, 5th and 6th Floors
Tsaile, AZ 86556

PO Box C-15
Tsaile, AZ 86556