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.
Interest Categories: Education & Counseling
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. 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:
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.
The 75-credit program begins each fall.
The curriculum includes a combination of on-campus, hybrid, remote, and online courses each semester.
Every student must be available to attend on-campus courses each semester.
Recommended Completion Time:4 to 8 years
Required Credits for Completion:75
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.