Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Human Development - Research, Assessment, & Evaluation

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The call for meaningful data use and research understanding in educational contexts is strong and ongoing. We need educational researchers who understand educational problems first hand and have the tools to tackle them. Join CU Denver’s doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education and Human Development concentration in research, assessment and evaluation to become exceptionally data savvy and be able to directly apply your learning to your field starting with your first course.

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 5 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

The field of education needs experts in data use and research approaches to address critical problems in education. Join University of Colorado Denver's doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education and Human Development concentration in research, assessment and evaluation to become exceptionally data savvy while collaborating with top faculty in the field.

The goal of this concentration is to prepare students to:

  • Design and carry out meaningful engaged research in the field of education and human development
  • Prepare to become collaborative, applied researchers who work with community, university, and school partners through problem-based pedagogy and hands-on learning
  • Learn advanced quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research techniques
  • Work as data literate faculty members, school district and organizational researchers, data analysts and assessment coordinators in educational, non-profit, and community organizations

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, researcher, or leader in non-profit and community organizations. 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,”. Graduates of our program are leaders in research and evaluation in multiple roles: in higher education, school districts, museums, and evaluation and educational research firms.

Courses

The goal of this concentration area is to prepare students to design and carry out significant applied research on individual and organizational change in the field of education and human development. Through problem-based pedagogy and hands-on learning, students will be prepared to be collaborative applied researchers who work with community, university and school partners. Course content includes mixed methods, advanced statistics, advanced qualitative data analysis, advanced measurement techniques, and practicum experiences. Graduates of the program are prepared to work as faculty members, school district and organizational researchers, data analysts and assessment coordinators in non-profit/community organizations, and more!

Admissions Requirements

The PhD in Education and Human Development with a research, assessment and evaluation concentration, is a 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.
  • Your purpose in pursuing the PhD
  • A brief sketch of your future career goals
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Official GRE scores (must be 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.