Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes
Brings together award-winning faculty and doctoral students who ground their approach and research in transdisciplinary and critical frameworks and advocate for educational equity and transformative, liberatory education.
Interest Categories: Education & Counseling
Campus: CU Denver
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.
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.
Recommended Completion Time:4 to 8 years
Required Credits for Completion:75
The following deadlines are firm, early submissions are encouraged.
Fall Semester: December 1
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.