Doctor of Education in Leadership for Educational Equity, Mathematics Education


Equips school leaders to design strategies and pedagogies for improvement in teaching and learning mathematics. The training focuses on research methods that are practice-oriented and conducted through the Doctoral Research Projects (DRP) to address issues of equity in math education and understand the relationship between teacher professional development and student learning.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: CU Denver Classroom: Online and on campus classes Recommended completion time: 3 or 5 Years Credits required for completion: 54 Minimum education level: Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution Application deadline: December 1st

The Details

What you'll learn

Are you passionate about mathematics? Do you agree that improving P-20 math education is a critical need for our society?

Become a member of the next mathematics education EdD cohort to become a leader who is ready to:

  • Engage with award-winning faculty, national grantmaking organizations like the National Science Foundation and our district-partners on identified problems of practice and policy
  • Work extensively with teachers and other educators to support transformation in the teaching and practice of math education to support student achievement
  • Address issues of equity in math education and reimage learning environments that broaden participation in the discipline
  • Utilize video data in both the design and evaluation of professional development interventions
  • Explore diverse data sources for strategic planning and decision-making
  • Learn with your peers in a cohort-based 3 or 5 year plan to graduation, and
  • Address real problems through a dissertation-in-practice.

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 who understands the value, complexities and unique opportunities of math education. 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:

  • 18 hours in EdD core courses:
    • Six credit hours equity core (two three-credit courses)
    • Six credit hours leadership and organizational performance core (two three-credit courses)
    • Six credit hours learning core (two three-credit courses)
  • Nine hours in the research core (three three-credit courses)
  • 12 hours in one Concentration Area (four three-credit hour blocks)
  • 15 hours in completion of a culminating Doctoral Research Project (includes one hour of mandatory design workshop experiences, second fall semester)

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. Course assignments focus on problem-solving experiences.

The EdD program has been designed to enable students to complete program requirements in three years, or five years for those taking one class per semester.

Admissions Requirements

The EdD in Leadership for Educational Equity, math education concentration, is a three- or five-year, hybrid program, designed for working professionals, with the following application requirements:

  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Written Statement of Purpose
    • The Statement of Purpose is five to seven pages in length, detailing your professional background, relevant personal interests, commitment to access and educational equity, and short- and long-term professional goals.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Professional artifacts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions

For more information, email or call 303.315.6300.