Doctor of Education in Leadership for Educational Equity, Mathematics Education

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: EdD

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

Equips school leaders in designing strategies and pedagogies for improvement in the learning of mathematics. Graduates of the program become leaders in addressing issues of equity in math education, making connections to community and leadership, and making data-based arguments to advance the field.

Application​ deadlines

December 16, 2024

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver

Students in this program are passionate about mathematics. They strive towards improving P-20 math education, seeing it as a critical function 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 grant-making organizations like the National Science Foundation, and the program’s 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 data on the design and evaluation of professional development interventions 
  • Explore diverse data sources for strategic planning and decision-making 
  • Culminate the program with a doctoral research project dissertation. 


Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development 

Students trust CU Denver to provide an education that will prepare them for excellence in their career as an executive leader of an educational organization. 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, each year of the program. 

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 of 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.

Why the Doctor of Education in Leadership for Educational Equity, Mathematics Education program at CU Denver?


Flexible option for working professionals

Most of the students in this cohort-based program are working full-time; therefore, 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, students engage with faculty and district and community partners on identified 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 students work with real data and engage in authentic inquiry. The program prepares students to problem-solve, innovate and improve learning outcomes for preschool – higher education environments.

Commitment to diversity and social justice

CU Denver resides in the center of a thriving urban setting, creating a diverse university community. EdD students are prepared for the real world. This program partners with diverse, urban schools and community organizations. Many faculty members speak Spanish. This knowledge and skills enhance student’s ability to serve culturally diverse and underrepresented individuals and families.

Executive coaching

The program’s alumni receive executive coaching services for up to one year after graduation for a reasonable fee delivered by qualified faculty focused on their success after program completion.

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

Application Dates

Application Opens: July 1, 2024
Application Deadline: December 16, 2024

The EdD in Leadership for Educational Equity, Mathematics Education concentration, is a three or five-year program, designed for working professionals, with 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.
    • A brief summary of your current professional role and responsibilities and 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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