We take pride in the quality of CU Denver School of Education & Human Development’s nationally ranked doctoral programs and the educational and professional experiences provided to our students. Our EdD, PhD and PsyD programs strive to provide coursework, individual supervision and mentorship to produce scholars, researchers, leaders and innovators of the highest quality: research-savvy, methodologically sophisticated, and prepared for a lifetime of contributions to their field of study. Explore the following exciting routes. Each path leads to different careers and supports different learning outcomes.

Doctor of Education in Leadership for Educational Equity (EdD)

This program is designed for experienced educators who wish to be leaders of change in schools and communities. It offers tools for leaders of school and organizational improvement, reform and educational equity and provides you the opportunity to apply evidence-based methods. Most of the students in our cohort-based program are working fulltime; therefore, the courses are taught in the late afternoon, evening or online. Our partnership with schools through our Center for Practice Engaged Educational Research (C-PEER) creates opportunities for our EdD students to work in teams with peers and faculty on district identified problems of practice.

  • Learn with your peers in a cohort-based 3 or 5 year plan to graduation
  • Engage with faculty and our district and community partners on identified problems of practice and policy
  • Become data savvy for strategic planning and decision-making
  • Culminate your program with a dissertation-in-practice.

Doctor of Education in Leadership for Educational Equity - Urban and Diverse Communities

Degree Earned: EdD Campus: CU Denver CU Denver's Doctor of Education (EdD) concentration in urban and diverse communities prepares leaders to see the opportunities for diverse and urban students, as well as the range of complex challenges in P-12, post-secondary and nonprofit educational systems. Our students develop the skills and dispositions to work along communities, while investigating these issues in-depth in order to lead systems change.

Doctor of Education in Leadership for Educational Equity - Professional Learning and Technology

Degree Earned: EdD Campus: CU Denver CU Denver's Doctor of Education (EdD) concentration in professional learning and technology is designed for those who are passionate about supporting the learning and professional development needs of K-12 district-level teacher trainers, post-secondary educators and workplace trainers with today's, and tomorrow's online and technology-based pedagogies. Graduates of this program assume top leadership positions in adult learning, instructional design and change leadership.

Doctor of Education in Leadership for Educational Equity - Mathematics Education

Degree Earned: EdD Campus: CU Denver CU Denver's Doctor of Education (EdD) concentration in math education prepares students to lead schools in designing strategies and pedagogies for improvement in teaching and learning mathematics. Our students are trained in research methods that are practice-oriented and conduct Doctoral Research Projects (DRP) to address issues of equity in math education and to understand the relationship between teacher professional development and student learning.

Doctor of Education in Leadership for Educational Equity - Executive Leadership

Degree Earned: EdD License Campus: CU Denver CU Denver's Doctor of Education (EdD) concentration in executive leadership offers a unique opportunity for current and aspiring leaders in schools and other educational organizations in public, private and nonprofit environments to study with nationally and internationally known scholars and practitioners. You will explore leadership frameworks and identify specific problems of practice. Synthesize your knowledge and skills around topics that will help you manage talent and finances, build strategic partnerships, lead innovation and change and plan for future ready schools and organizations.

Doctor of Education in Leadership for Educational Equity - Early Childhood Education

Degree Earned: EdD Campus: CU Denver CU Denver's Doctor of Education (EdD) concentration in early childhood/early childhood special education is designed to prepare highly competent professionals who are leaders and advocates for all children and their families from an equity and inclusive excellence perspective. Our graduates lead change and system and policy development in inclusive, culturally and linguistically diverse early childhood child care, school and community settings for children birth to age 8, their families and their educators.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Human Development (PhD)

This full-time program is designed for those whose aspirations are to join an academic faculty at an institution of higher education for a career in higher education teaching and research. Become an expert in the field’s research literatures, contemporary policy/practice issues and research methodologies of your chosen concentration area while working in a close relationship with your faculty mentors. Earning a PhD in Education and Human Development will culminate in an original dissertation; your courses and experiences will prepare you to design and conduct a dissertation study.

  • Participate in teaching and research experiences early and throughout your program
  • Leverage opportunities to present, write and publish with your faculty to build your dossier
  • Become involved with campus faculty governance

Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Human Development - Science Education

Degree Earned: PhD Campus: CU Denver ​CU Denver's Education and Human Development PhD with a concentration in Science Education prepares you to explore, understand, and think critically about the nature of science and science education from a largely research-oriented perspective. This program prepares you to become an equity-focused, highly knowledgeable leader in the field of science research and education, allowing you to foster experiential learning and exploration in all the learners you encounter.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Human Development - Research, Assessment, & Evaluation

Degree Earned: PhD Campus: CU Denver ​The call for meaningful data use and research understanding in educational contexts is strong and relentless—whether it is to practice formative assessment in the teaching/learning cycle, to evaluate classrooms, buildings or districts’ ability to support their students’ achievement or for leaders to strategically plan for their organizations. Join CU Denver’s doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education and Human Development concentration in research, assessment and evaluation to become exceptionally data savvy while collaborating with top faculty in the field.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Human Development - Mathematics Education

Degree Earned: PhD Campus: CU Denver ​Mathematics education is in crisis across the country—there is a critical shortage of teachers prepared to teach effectively in classrooms at all grade levels, from preschool through college and student achievement levels are lagging. At the same time, we are making great headway in understanding how children learn simple and complex mathematical concepts over the arc of their schooling experience. CU Denver’s PhD in Education and Human Development concentration in mathematics education prepares you to be a leader, faculty member and researcher at the forefront of the change.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Human Development - Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education

Degree Earned: PhD Campus: CU Denver ​Neuropsychologists and educators have demonstrated beyond question that the early years are critical years in children’s brain development, learning and health. The growing and dynamic field of inclusive early childhood education is evident in the burgeoning research and practice literatures in early childhood and early childhood special education. CU Denver’s doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education and Human Development concentration in early childhood special education/early childhood education prepares you to be a leader, faculty member and researcher at the forefront of the change.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Human Development - Critical Studies in Education

Degree Earned: PhD Campus: CU Denver Are your passions about equity and social justice with respect to race, gender, class, disability, sexuality, language and culture? CU Denver’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education and Human Development critical studies in education concentration brings together award-winning faculty and doctoral students who ground their approach and their research in transdisciplinary and critical frameworks and advocate for educational equity, and transformative, liberatory education.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Human Development - Leadership for Educational Organizations

Degree Earned: PhD Campus: CU Denver ​Educators and policy-makers agree that school leadership makes the difference in how schools succeed in improving learning outcomes for all students. CU Denver’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education and Human Development concentration in leadership for educational organizations prepares candidates to assume research and teaching positions in institutions of higher education or research-based organizations to contribute to this growing evidence base that explores education leadership questions in-depth.

Doctor of Psychology, School Psychology (PsyD)

This School Psychology program, accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) on contingency and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), is a top program in the United States. It is one a few programs in the nation to offer an optional bilingual concentration. Practical experiences include supervised practicums, internships and research opportunities. The PsyD program has a 100% job placement rate.

Doctor of Psychology - School Psychology

Degree Earned: License PsyD Campus: CU Denver CU Denver’s School Psychology Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program offers comprehensive, supervised training and a strong foundation in school psychological theory and clinical practices that are evidence-based, culturally responsive, socially just and collaborative. This program is one of only 14 School Psychology PsyD programs in the country to receive APA accreditation (currently accredited on contingency). It is one of only a handful of APA-accredited programs in the U.S. that offers an optional bilingual school psychologist concentration. The PsyD program has a 100 percent job placement rate.