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, Higher Education

School of Education & Human Development

Overview

Degree: EdD

Classroom Type: Fully Online

Enables and supports current leaders in higher education to continue their work while completing their doctoral degrees. Graduates become effective leaders who are passionate about educational access, equity, and social justice in diverse settings in colleges and universities worldwide.

Application​ deadlines


December 1


Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver Online

What you’ll learn

You have a passion for educational access, equity, and social justice in higher education, and you want to be empowered with tools for positive change to impact student success. You are ready to pursue your doctorate in order to join leadership discussions and actions at the highest level in colleges and universities to grapple with what educational equity really means.

The 54-credit program begins each summer.

Topics of study include the following elements:

  • Leadership and equity
  • Finance and strategic resource allocation
  • Policy, governance, law, and ethics
  • Power and privilege
  • Organizational culture and performance
  • Predictive analytics
  • Research methods
  • Decision-making and conflict resolution
  • Strategic enrollment management.

Mode of study

The 54-credit, three-year cohort-based program includes online courses and in-residence intensive courses (that require two campus visits each year):

  • July - one-week intensive course including pre- and post-session online activities
  • Fall semester - consecutive eight-week online courses
  • January - one-week intensive course including pre- and post-session online activities
  • Spring semester - consecutive eight-week online courses.

Choose CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development

The School of Education & Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver provides an education that will prepare you for excellence in your career as a higher education leader. 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 & Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top schools in the country.

Sample Courses

  • EDFN 7410 - Power and Privilege: The Social Construction of Difference3 credits
  • EDUC 7100 - Leadership in Education3 credits
  • EDUC 7230 - Organizational Performance In Educational Contexts3 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:3 years

Required Credits for Completion:54

Admission Requirements


The EdD in Leadership for Educational Equity, Higher Education concentration, is a three-year, online (with in-person intensive sessions) cohort program, designed in an executive format for working professionals, and has the following application requirements:

  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Written Statement of Purpose, five to seven pages in length, that includes the following:
    • A summary of your professional background, relevant personal interests, commitment to access and educational equity, and short- and long-term professional goals.
    • An assessment of the three most critical issues for higher education leaders and how you wish to contribute to meeting these challenges.
    • An illustration of how your commitment is demonstrated in your past experiences and how this educational journey, shared with doctoral student colleagues, will enhance your ability to contribute in the future.
    • A demonstration that you have the written communication skills to successfully obtain the degree of Doctor of Education.
  • Resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can best attest to your leadership, professional accomplishments, academic skills, and career goals.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

The application materials are reviewed by faculty in the concentration area. A faculty review team will conduct a remote interview for applicants who reach the semi-finalist stage of the process. 

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 Education in Leadership for Educational Equity, Higher Education

School of Education & Human Development

Overview

Degree: EdD

Classroom Type: Fully Online

Enables and supports current leaders in higher education to continue their work while completing their doctoral degrees. Graduates become effective leaders who are passionate about educational access, equity, and social justice in diverse settings in colleges and universities worldwide.

Application​ deadlines


December 1


Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver Online

What you’ll learn

You have a passion for educational access, equity, and social justice in higher education, and you want to be empowered with tools for positive change to impact student success. You are ready to pursue your doctorate in order to join leadership discussions and actions at the highest level in colleges and universities to grapple with what educational equity really means.

The 54-credit program begins each summer.

Topics of study include the following elements:

  • Leadership and equity
  • Finance and strategic resource allocation
  • Policy, governance, law, and ethics
  • Power and privilege
  • Organizational culture and performance
  • Predictive analytics
  • Research methods
  • Decision-making and conflict resolution
  • Strategic enrollment management.

Mode of study

The 54-credit, three-year cohort-based program includes online courses and in-residence intensive courses (that require two campus visits each year):

  • July - one-week intensive course including pre- and post-session online activities
  • Fall semester - consecutive eight-week online courses
  • January - one-week intensive course including pre- and post-session online activities
  • Spring semester - consecutive eight-week online courses.

Choose CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development

The School of Education & Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver provides an education that will prepare you for excellence in your career as a higher education leader. 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 & Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top schools in the country.

Sample Courses

  • EDFN 7410 - Power and Privilege: The Social Construction of Difference3 credits
  • EDUC 7100 - Leadership in Education3 credits
  • EDUC 7230 - Organizational Performance In Educational Contexts3 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:3 years

Required Credits for Completion:54

Admission Requirements


The EdD in Leadership for Educational Equity, Higher Education concentration, is a three-year, online (with in-person intensive sessions) cohort program, designed in an executive format for working professionals, and has the following application requirements:

  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Written Statement of Purpose, five to seven pages in length, that includes the following:
    • A summary of your professional background, relevant personal interests, commitment to access and educational equity, and short- and long-term professional goals.
    • An assessment of the three most critical issues for higher education leaders and how you wish to contribute to meeting these challenges.
    • An illustration of how your commitment is demonstrated in your past experiences and how this educational journey, shared with doctoral student colleagues, will enhance your ability to contribute in the future.
    • A demonstration that you have the written communication skills to successfully obtain the degree of Doctor of Education.
  • Resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can best attest to your leadership, professional accomplishments, academic skills, and career goals.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

The application materials are reviewed by faculty in the concentration area. A faculty review team will conduct a remote interview for applicants who reach the semi-finalist stage of the process. 

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 Education in Leadership for Educational Equity, Higher Education

School of Education & Human Development

Overview

Degree: EdD

Classroom Type: Fully Online

Enables and supports current leaders in higher education to continue their work while completing their doctoral degrees. Graduates become effective leaders who are passionate about educational access, equity, and social justice in diverse settings in colleges and universities worldwide.

Application​ deadlines


December 1


Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver Online

What you’ll learn

You have a passion for educational access, equity, and social justice in higher education, and you want to be empowered with tools for positive change to impact student success. You are ready to pursue your doctorate in order to join leadership discussions and actions at the highest level in colleges and universities to grapple with what educational equity really means.

The 54-credit program begins each summer.

Topics of study include the following elements:

  • Leadership and equity
  • Finance and strategic resource allocation
  • Policy, governance, law, and ethics
  • Power and privilege
  • Organizational culture and performance
  • Predictive analytics
  • Research methods
  • Decision-making and conflict resolution
  • Strategic enrollment management.

Mode of study

The 54-credit, three-year cohort-based program includes online courses and in-residence intensive courses (that require two campus visits each year):

  • July - one-week intensive course including pre- and post-session online activities
  • Fall semester - consecutive eight-week online courses
  • January - one-week intensive course including pre- and post-session online activities
  • Spring semester - consecutive eight-week online courses.

Choose CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development

The School of Education & Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver provides an education that will prepare you for excellence in your career as a higher education leader. 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 & Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top schools in the country.

Sample Courses

  • EDFN 7410 - Power and Privilege: The Social Construction of Difference3 credits
  • EDUC 7100 - Leadership in Education3 credits
  • EDUC 7230 - Organizational Performance In Educational Contexts3 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:3 years

Required Credits for Completion:54

Admission Requirements


The EdD in Leadership for Educational Equity, Higher Education concentration, is a three-year, online (with in-person intensive sessions) cohort program, designed in an executive format for working professionals, and has the following application requirements:

  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Written Statement of Purpose, five to seven pages in length, that includes the following:
    • A summary of your professional background, relevant personal interests, commitment to access and educational equity, and short- and long-term professional goals.
    • An assessment of the three most critical issues for higher education leaders and how you wish to contribute to meeting these challenges.
    • An illustration of how your commitment is demonstrated in your past experiences and how this educational journey, shared with doctoral student colleagues, will enhance your ability to contribute in the future.
    • A demonstration that you have the written communication skills to successfully obtain the degree of Doctor of Education.
  • Resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can best attest to your leadership, professional accomplishments, academic skills, and career goals.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

The application materials are reviewed by faculty in the concentration area. A faculty review team will conduct a remote interview for applicants who reach the semi-finalist stage of the process. 

For more information, email education@ucdenver.edu or call 303.315.6300.