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, Early Childhood Education

Degree Earned: EdD Campus: CU Denver Designed to prepare highly competent professionals to become leaders and advocates for all children and their families from an equity and inclusive excellence perspective. Graduates lead system and policy development in inclusive, culturally, and linguistically diverse child care, school, and community settings for children birth to age eight, their families, and their educators.

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 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 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 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.