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, Executive Leadership

Degree Earned: EdD License Campus: CU Denver Offers a unique opportunity for current and aspiring leaders in districts, schools, and other educational organizations to study with nationally and internationally known scholars and practitioners. Coursework focuses on knowledge and skills around managing talent and finances, building strategic partnerships, leading innovation and change, and planning for future-ready schools and organizations.

Doctor of Education in Leadership for Educational Equity, Latin@ Learners and Communities

Degree Earned: EdD Campus: CU Denver Equips exceptional leaders with the knowledge and resources to create and sustain high standards in antiracist, culturally and linguistically diverse education to increase equity in schools, innovate, and contribute in purposeful ways to improve learning and work environments for PreK -12 Latinx students, families, and school site staff. Graduates of this program serve as leaders in schools, school systems, colleges, community agencies, and organizations.

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, Early Childhood Policy

Degree Earned: PhD Campus: CU Denver Prepares candidates to be leaders, policymakers, policy advisors and analysts, faculty members, and researchers who successfully shape, direct, implement and evaluate early childhood services, infrastructure, and policy and contribute to the scholarly knowledge that undergirds the discipline. Graduates will enter a growing and dynamic field with burgeoning research about the critical years in children's brain development, learning and health. This concentration holds institutional and system reform as its unit of change and equity in opportunity and outcomes as the purpose for change.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Human Development, Family Science and Human Development

Degree Earned: PhD Campus: CU Denver SEHD’s PhD program in Family Science and Human Development takes a multi-disciplinary approach to preparing students for college and university teaching and research, as well as the development and evaluation of programs that seek to expand equity in opportunities and outcomes for children, youth, and families; particularly children, youth, and families from under resourced communities. Our program also seeks to strengthen the interconnections among research, practice, and policy for social change.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Human Development, Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Degree Earned: PhD Campus: CU Denver The Inclusive Early Childhood Education PhD prepares candidates to be faculty members, researchers and leaders at the forefront of change in the areas of early childhood education, early childhood special education, and early childhood multilingual education. Our program focuses on preparing scholars, researchers and future teacher educators to support child-centered early childhood education that is committed to educating children across races, ethnicities, abilities and languages.

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: PsyD License Campus: CU Denver 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 is one of only 14 school psychology PsyD programs to receive APA accreditation (currently on contingency). A bilingual concentration is available. An optional Graduate Credential in Neurosequential Model in Education™ (NME) is also available. Graduates experience a 100% job placement rate.