Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes
Prepares leaders to see opportunities in the range of complex challenges facing the education system. Graduates of the program will have the aptitude to properly serve diverse and urban student populations in P-12, post-secondary, and nonprofit educational systems. The program hones the skills needed to work within communities and address issues to lead systems change.
Interest Categories: Education & Counseling
Campus: CU Denver
Urban communities are complex and diverse. Unfortunately, they're often represented in oversimplified ways in modern literature and the media. CU Denver's Doctor of Education (EdD) concentration in urban and diverse communities prepares practitioners in P-12, post-secondary, and community settings to lead for impact and change through:
The program strives to provide an education that prepares students for excellence in their career as a leader. Graduates will be keenly aware of the value, complexities, and unique opportunities of urban and diverse communities. The School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) are recognized for preparing leaders of distinction who value educational excellence and social justice. Additionally, SEHD 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 each semester.
Every student must be available to attend on-campus courses each semester.
The curriculum includes the following elements:
The program strives to expose students to context-specific best practices, interdisciplinary connections, and applied research. This is all set within 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.
Most of the students in our cohort-based program are working full-time. To accommodate this, all courses are taught in the late afternoon, evening or online. This 54-credit-hour plan of study may be completed in a three-year or five-year track through blended-learning courses that use online activities coupled with face-to-face sessions.
EdD students culminate the program with a dissertation-in-practice. During this final phase, you’ll engage with faculty and our district and community partners on problems of practice and policy. This includes opportunities to learn with the support of leaders of the Center for Practice Engaged Education Research (C-PEER) and developers of the Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM) as you work with real data and engage in authentic inquiry. We prepare you to problem-solve, innovate, and improve learning outcomes for preschool – higher education environments.
CU Denver resides in the center of a thriving urban setting, creating a diverse university community. Our EdD students are prepared for the real world. This program partners with diverse, urban schools and community organizations. Many of our faculty members speak Spanish. This knowledge and skills enhance our student’s ability to serve culturally diverse and underrepresented individuals and families.
Our alumni receive executive coaching services for up to one year after graduation for a reasonable fee delivered by qualified faculty focused on your success after program completion.
Recommended Completion Time:3 or 5 Years
Required Credits for Completion:54
The EdD in Leadership for Educational Equity, Urban and Diverse Communities concentration, is a three or five-year program, designed for working professionals, with the following application requirements:
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