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 Philosophy in Education and Human Development, Leadership for Educational Organizations

School of Education & Human Development

Overview

Degree: PhD

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

Prepares candidates to assume research and teaching positions in institutions of higher education or research-based organizations and contribute to the growing evidence that school leadership makes the difference in how schools succeed in improving learning outcomes for all students.

Application​ deadlines


January 10*
*Extended deadline for Fall 2022 only


Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver

What you'll learn

Educators and policy-makers agree that school leadership makes the difference in how schools succeed in improving learning outcomes for all students. Research and scholarship on school leadership is beginning to understand when leadership is successful, what the relationship is between effective leadership and effective teaching, and how best to lead the collective impact of leadership on organizational and student-learning outcomes at all levels. 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 the understanding of education leadership questions in-depth.

Students in this concentration will:

  • Learn how to navigate existing research and literature that supports effective leadership for educational organizations
  • Understand the theories that underpin this research and the rationale for the application of this work in understanding how organizations operate
  • Develop a working knowledge of the interrelatedness of people, systems, culture and organizational outcomes
  • Build on past research and design new research efforts that lead to more equitable outcomes and new understandings of complex organizational problems of practice
  • Engage with student colleagues, faculty, and organizational partners in collaborative research studies, which investigate promising strategies for resolving vexing organizational issues
  • Become data savvy in using research findings to produce equitable and productive results from these investigations
  • Culminate the program with a dissertation that contributes to the knowledge base in the field of leadership for educational organizations.

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development

You can trust CU Denver to provide an education that will prepare you for excellence in your career as a faculty member or researcher. The university and school are recognized for preparing leaders of distinction who value educational excellence and social justice. Additionally, CU Denver's School of Education and Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report's “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top education schools in the country.

Courses

The 75-credit program begins each fall.

Program Courses

Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:4 to 8 years

Required Credits for Completion:75

Admission Requirements


Application Deadlines

The following deadlines are firm, early submissions are encouraged.

Fall Semester: January 10*
*Extended deadline for Fall 2022 only

The core course rotation begins every fall. We encourage students to review the concentration area choices on our website and contact one or more of the faculty associated with that concentration area for an appointment prior to submitting their application. This ensures the students have an opportunity to discuss their research area of interest, as well as introduce themselves to the faculty. Also, the financial support we provide our PhD students is often tied to federal and state funding decisions, so meeting with a faculty member will let you know if any funding opportunities will be available in the upcoming year.

As part of gaining admission to the PhD program, students are paired with a doctoral faculty advisor/mentor. The doctoral faculty may request a personal interview to complement the information provided in the application materials.

Application Requirements

  • Minimum requirements:
    • Master's degree or equivalent
    • 3.5 GPA in graduate-level course work recommended
  • 3 recommendation letters: two letters should come from faculty in a university program in which you were previously enrolled
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • If applying for a license, a copy of your teaching license is required
  • Resume/CV: Applicants must have and show evidence of relevant professional and/or academic experience.
  • Written Statement: In 4-6 pages (double-spaced, Times New Roman 12 point font or larger), discuss research goals and a problem of practical or theoretical importance that could lead to a research study. Be sure to address how your research would fit within one of the concentration areas.
  • Recommended: Master's thesis and/or published materials — Examples of published materials include articles, book chapters, newsletters and technical reports.
  • Students applying to the Research, Assessment and Evaluation Concentration should submit a transcript that shows statistics proficiency. To demonstrate proficiency, please contact sandy.mondragon@ucdenver.edu.
  • $50.00 application fee
  • Admissions Interview: An interview may be required as part of the admissions process. If so, applicants will be contacted with more details.
  • International Applicants only: Proof of English Language Proficiency (International applicants should review the following information regarding English language proficiency)
For more information, email education@ucdenver.edu or call 303.315.6300.

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, Leadership for Educational Organizations

School of Education & Human Development

Overview

Degree: PhD

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

Prepares candidates to assume research and teaching positions in institutions of higher education or research-based organizations and contribute to the growing evidence that school leadership makes the difference in how schools succeed in improving learning outcomes for all students.

Application​ deadlines


January 10*
*Extended deadline for Fall 2022 only


Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver

What you'll learn

Educators and policy-makers agree that school leadership makes the difference in how schools succeed in improving learning outcomes for all students. Research and scholarship on school leadership is beginning to understand when leadership is successful, what the relationship is between effective leadership and effective teaching, and how best to lead the collective impact of leadership on organizational and student-learning outcomes at all levels. 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 the understanding of education leadership questions in-depth.

Students in this concentration will:

  • Learn how to navigate existing research and literature that supports effective leadership for educational organizations
  • Understand the theories that underpin this research and the rationale for the application of this work in understanding how organizations operate
  • Develop a working knowledge of the interrelatedness of people, systems, culture and organizational outcomes
  • Build on past research and design new research efforts that lead to more equitable outcomes and new understandings of complex organizational problems of practice
  • Engage with student colleagues, faculty, and organizational partners in collaborative research studies, which investigate promising strategies for resolving vexing organizational issues
  • Become data savvy in using research findings to produce equitable and productive results from these investigations
  • Culminate the program with a dissertation that contributes to the knowledge base in the field of leadership for educational organizations.

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development

You can trust CU Denver to provide an education that will prepare you for excellence in your career as a faculty member or researcher. The university and school are recognized for preparing leaders of distinction who value educational excellence and social justice. Additionally, CU Denver's School of Education and Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report's “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top education schools in the country.

Courses

The 75-credit program begins each fall.

Program Courses

Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:4 to 8 years

Required Credits for Completion:75

Admission Requirements


Application Deadlines

The following deadlines are firm, early submissions are encouraged.

Fall Semester: January 10*
*Extended deadline for Fall 2022 only

The core course rotation begins every fall. We encourage students to review the concentration area choices on our website and contact one or more of the faculty associated with that concentration area for an appointment prior to submitting their application. This ensures the students have an opportunity to discuss their research area of interest, as well as introduce themselves to the faculty. Also, the financial support we provide our PhD students is often tied to federal and state funding decisions, so meeting with a faculty member will let you know if any funding opportunities will be available in the upcoming year.

As part of gaining admission to the PhD program, students are paired with a doctoral faculty advisor/mentor. The doctoral faculty may request a personal interview to complement the information provided in the application materials.

Application Requirements

  • Minimum requirements:
    • Master's degree or equivalent
    • 3.5 GPA in graduate-level course work recommended
  • 3 recommendation letters: two letters should come from faculty in a university program in which you were previously enrolled
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • If applying for a license, a copy of your teaching license is required
  • Resume/CV: Applicants must have and show evidence of relevant professional and/or academic experience.
  • Written Statement: In 4-6 pages (double-spaced, Times New Roman 12 point font or larger), discuss research goals and a problem of practical or theoretical importance that could lead to a research study. Be sure to address how your research would fit within one of the concentration areas.
  • Recommended: Master's thesis and/or published materials — Examples of published materials include articles, book chapters, newsletters and technical reports.
  • Students applying to the Research, Assessment and Evaluation Concentration should submit a transcript that shows statistics proficiency. To demonstrate proficiency, please contact sandy.mondragon@ucdenver.edu.
  • $50.00 application fee
  • Admissions Interview: An interview may be required as part of the admissions process. If so, applicants will be contacted with more details.
  • International Applicants only: Proof of English Language Proficiency (International applicants should review the following information regarding English language proficiency)
For more information, email education@ucdenver.edu or call 303.315.6300.

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 Philosophy in Education and Human Development, Leadership for Educational Organizations

School of Education & Human Development

Overview

Degree: PhD

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

Prepares candidates to assume research and teaching positions in institutions of higher education or research-based organizations and contribute to the growing evidence that school leadership makes the difference in how schools succeed in improving learning outcomes for all students.

Application​ deadlines


January 10*
*Extended deadline for Fall 2022 only


Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver

What you'll learn

Educators and policy-makers agree that school leadership makes the difference in how schools succeed in improving learning outcomes for all students. Research and scholarship on school leadership is beginning to understand when leadership is successful, what the relationship is between effective leadership and effective teaching, and how best to lead the collective impact of leadership on organizational and student-learning outcomes at all levels. 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 the understanding of education leadership questions in-depth.

Students in this concentration will:

  • Learn how to navigate existing research and literature that supports effective leadership for educational organizations
  • Understand the theories that underpin this research and the rationale for the application of this work in understanding how organizations operate
  • Develop a working knowledge of the interrelatedness of people, systems, culture and organizational outcomes
  • Build on past research and design new research efforts that lead to more equitable outcomes and new understandings of complex organizational problems of practice
  • Engage with student colleagues, faculty, and organizational partners in collaborative research studies, which investigate promising strategies for resolving vexing organizational issues
  • Become data savvy in using research findings to produce equitable and productive results from these investigations
  • Culminate the program with a dissertation that contributes to the knowledge base in the field of leadership for educational organizations.

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development

You can trust CU Denver to provide an education that will prepare you for excellence in your career as a faculty member or researcher. The university and school are recognized for preparing leaders of distinction who value educational excellence and social justice. Additionally, CU Denver's School of Education and Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report's “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top education schools in the country.

Courses

The 75-credit program begins each fall.

Program Courses

Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:4 to 8 years

Required Credits for Completion:75

Admission Requirements


Application Deadlines

The following deadlines are firm, early submissions are encouraged.

Fall Semester: January 10*
*Extended deadline for Fall 2022 only

The core course rotation begins every fall. We encourage students to review the concentration area choices on our website and contact one or more of the faculty associated with that concentration area for an appointment prior to submitting their application. This ensures the students have an opportunity to discuss their research area of interest, as well as introduce themselves to the faculty. Also, the financial support we provide our PhD students is often tied to federal and state funding decisions, so meeting with a faculty member will let you know if any funding opportunities will be available in the upcoming year.

As part of gaining admission to the PhD program, students are paired with a doctoral faculty advisor/mentor. The doctoral faculty may request a personal interview to complement the information provided in the application materials.

Application Requirements

  • Minimum requirements:
    • Master's degree or equivalent
    • 3.5 GPA in graduate-level course work recommended
  • 3 recommendation letters: two letters should come from faculty in a university program in which you were previously enrolled
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • If applying for a license, a copy of your teaching license is required
  • Resume/CV: Applicants must have and show evidence of relevant professional and/or academic experience.
  • Written Statement: In 4-6 pages (double-spaced, Times New Roman 12 point font or larger), discuss research goals and a problem of practical or theoretical importance that could lead to a research study. Be sure to address how your research would fit within one of the concentration areas.
  • Recommended: Master's thesis and/or published materials — Examples of published materials include articles, book chapters, newsletters and technical reports.
  • Students applying to the Research, Assessment and Evaluation Concentration should submit a transcript that shows statistics proficiency. To demonstrate proficiency, please contact sandy.mondragon@ucdenver.edu.
  • $50.00 application fee
  • Admissions Interview: An interview may be required as part of the admissions process. If so, applicants will be contacted with more details.
  • International Applicants only: Proof of English Language Proficiency (International applicants should review the following information regarding English language proficiency)
For more information, email education@ucdenver.edu or call 303.315.6300.