Doctor of Education in Leadership for Educational Equity, Latin@ Learners and Communities

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: EdD

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

Equips exceptional leaders with the knowledge and resources to create and sustain high standards in antiracist, culturally and linguistically diverse education to increase equity in schools, innovate, and contribute in purposeful ways to improve learning and work environments for PreK -12 Latinx students, families, and school site staff. Graduates of this program serve as leaders in schools, school systems, colleges, community agencies, and organizations.

Application​ deadlines

December 1

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver

What you'll learn

Promoting Latinx learners' achievement is a priority coupled with a focus on equity, racism and justice for Latinx learners and families. We recognize the crucial need to increase the number of Latinx school and community leaders who understand the complexities of multilingualism, culture, and identity. Using a critical race theory lens and decolonized methodologies as an approach toward social justice and collaborative, empathic community-oriented learning, this program equips students with antiracist and culturally sustaining tools to examine and rectify systemic issues impacting marginalized students and families in their programs. Schools and communities need leaders who are well-versed in transformational practices that create equity and excellence in multicultural and linguistically diverse contexts.

Graduates of this program serve as leaders in PreK-12 schools, higher education, government, community agencies, and other not-for-profit organizations.

Members of this EdD concentration will:

  • Study and apply critical race theory to current, historical and sociopolitical events that target and impact Latinx learners and families
  • Use decolonized methodologies to uncover the lived experiences of students and families to determine themes, goals, and needs for school change and student achievement
  • Explore school restructuring strategies for linguistic diversity, language education policy and politics, and issues of assessment and instruction for Latino/a students
  • Focus on leadership, organizational change and measurement
  • Engage in data-informed decision making
  • Apply leadership skills to create real world solutions for change
  • Culminate the program with a doctoral research project dissertation.

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 leader in Latinx schools and communities. 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 education schools in the country.


The 54-credit program begins each summer.

The curriculum includes a combination of on-campus, hybrid, remote, and online courses.

Every student must be available to attend on-campus courses each semester.

The curriculum includes the following elements:

  • 12 hours in EdD core courses within equity, leadership and learning core areas (four 3-credit courses)
  • Nine hours in the research core (three 3-credit courses)
  • 12 hours in the concentration areas (four 3-credit courses)
  • Six hours of elective courses (two 3-credit courses)
  • 15 hours in seminars and the completion of a doctoral research project

All courses and experiences strive to expose students to context-specific best practices, interdisciplinary connections, and applied research in an environment that stresses the application of theory to practice. The EdD program has been designed to enable students to complete program requirements in three or five years.

Sample Courses

  • EDFN 7410 - Power and Privilege: The Social Construction of Difference 3 credits
  • EDUC 7100 - Leadership in Education 3 credits
  • EDUC 7230 - Organizational Performance In Educational Contexts 3 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:3 or 5 Years

Required Credits for Completion:54

Admission Requirements

The EdD in Leadership for Educational Equity, Latin@ Learners and Communities concentration, is a three or five-year, hybrid cohort program designed for working professionals, and has the following application requirements:

  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Written Statement of Purpose that includes the following information:
    • A brief summary of your educational and leadership experiences, including your values related to leadership and equity. Specifically discuss your interest in and commitment to advancing the academic, language, and/or social opportunities of Latinx learners, organizations, and communities.
    • A brief summary of your current professional role and responsibilities and if/how you use research and data to inform planning and decision making.
    • Your purpose in pursuing the EdD, intentions for applying the skills and knowledge gained from the EdD degree, and future career goals.
  • Resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can best speak to your leadership, professional accomplishments, academic skills, and career goals.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  • After the initial review of application materials, faculty will contact applicants to schedule individual interviews.

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For more information, email or call 303.315.6300.