Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Human Development - Critical Studies in Education

PhD

Are your passions about equity and social justice with respect to race, gender, class, disability, sexuality, language and culture? CU Denver’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education and Human Development critical studies in education concentration brings together award-winning faculty and doctoral students who ground their approach and their research in transdisciplinary and critical frameworks and advocate for educational equity, and transformative, liberatory education.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: CU Denver Classroom: Online and on campus classes Recommended completion time: 4 to 8 years Credits required for completion: 75 Minimum education level: Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution Application deadline: December 1st

The Details

What you'll learn

Do you see education research and teaching through a transdisciplinary and critical lens, especially with respect to race, gender, class, disability, sexuality, language and culture? University of Colorado Denver's Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education and Human Development critical studies in education concentration brings together award-winning faculty and doctoral students who center social justice and promote the ideas of educational equity, transformative education and educational activism in nontraditional ways.

Students who join us in this concentration will explore the perspective that society and schooling, including its structures, policies and practices are dialectical sites of oppression and liberation, and that educators should act as intellectual activists to facilitate liberation. The concentration promotes an activist approach that includes the opportunity to engage in a monthly faculty and student meeting where students and faculty can collaboratively work on research, publications, conference presentations and theory building.

The faculty in this concentration area approach education in critical ways to ensure the future of a more transformational, liberating and humanizing educational system and society.

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.

Admissions Requirements

The PhD in Education and Human Development, critical studies in education concentration, is a four to eight-year hybrid program with the following application requirements:

  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Strong interest in pursuing rigorous research
  • Written Statement of Purpose
    • A brief biographical description of your educational experiences and preparedness for doctoral studies;
    • Your 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 into the concentration area.
    • Your purpose in pursuing the PhD
    • A brief sketch of your future career goals
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • GRE scores (official scores taken within the last five years)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Interview

Upon examination of an applicant's materials, the admission committee will have the prerogative to require additional courses or experiences to ensure that an individual has the necessary background to move successfully into the program requirements.

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