Master of Arts in Couple and Family Therapy

Degree Earned: MA The Couple and Family Therapy program prepares relational therapists who value inclusion and prize diversity such that they are prepared to offer a continuum of mental health services across a variety of settings for the benefit of the community and society. Graduates treat mental and emotional disorders, while promoting optimum relational health through a systemic, holistic approach.

Graduate Credential in Neurosequential Model in Education

New Degree Earned: Graduate Credential Provides trauma-informed knowledge and hands-on tools and strategies for educators, directors, principals, mental health professionals, early interventionists, and special education staff to use with PreK-12 students who present with a variety of challenging behaviors in educational and treatment settings.

Graduate Certificate in Program Evaluation

New Degree Earned: Graduate Certificate Experiences and connections with urban and diverse communities are at the heart of our online Program Evaluation certificate. Coursework involves helping real schools, community organizations and non-profits thrive through effective and culturally responsible program evaluation practices.

Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistical Modeling

New Degree Earned: Graduate Certificate Learn advanced statistical modeling skills that have direct connections to practical educational issues and socially-just solutions for urban and diverse communities. Think and reason with quantitative data, especially using large scale datasets.

Graduate Certificate in Applied Measurement

New Degree Earned: Graduate Certificate Learn to measure the abstract variables used in daily decision-making. This involves deep critical thinking skills and the ability to combine statistical learning with understandings of human behavior. Individuals working in social sciences, education and mental health and who want to deepen their knowledge of diversity, respect, equity and inclusiveness may be particularly interested in this offering.

Graduate Certificate in Classroom Assessment

New Degree Earned: Graduate Certificate Learn how assessments in education both support and hinder individuals in diverse groups. There are many biases to be aware of and overcome as we create more culturally inclusive assessments moving forward. We prepare students to be leaders in schools and districts who can advocate for change using data.

Master of Arts in Special Education, Applied Behavior Analysis

New Degree Earned: MA The Special Education MA with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) combines seven courses in our ABA certificate, two specific course electives and a practicum. Graduates will acquire the degree and supervision hours needed to sit for the BCBA exam.

Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education Coaching

Featured Degree Earned: Undergraduate Certificate Graduate Certificate Provides experiential learning in best coaching practices for teacher-leaders, coaches, directors, principals, home childcare providers, early interventionists, special education staff or anyone looking to enhance their coaching skills.

Master of Arts in Teaching, Middle School Math (License)

Degree Earned: MA License Deepens an understanding of mathematics while illustrating how to engage middle school students in meaningful learning experiences. Applicants with a wide range of professional experiences are encouraged to take this program and become fully licensed middle school math teachers.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Human Development, Early Childhood Policy

Degree Earned: PhD Prepares candidates to be leaders, policymakers, policy advisors and analysts, faculty members, and researchers who successfully shape, direct, implement, and evaluate early childhood services, infrastructure, and policy and contribute to the scholarly knowledge that undergirds the discipline. Graduates will enter a growing and dynamic field with burgeoning research about the critical years in children's brain development, learning, and health. This concentration holds institutional and system reform as its unit of change and equity in opportunity and outcomes as the purpose for change.

Endorsement, Instructional Technology Specialist

Degree Earned: Endorsement The Instructional Technology Specialist endorsement program will prepare you to meet the requirements from the Colorado Department of Education for an added Instructional Technology Specialist endorsement to your current teaching license.

Endorsement, Teacher Librarian

Degree Earned: Endorsement The Teacher Librarian endorsement program will prepare you to meet the requirements from the Colorado Department of Education for an added Teacher Librarian endorsement to your current teaching license.

Master of Arts in Literacy Education

Degree Earned: MA Prepares educators to work with diverse K - 12 students to develop reading, writing, and oral language skills. Graduates gain in-depth knowledge about building on students' languages, abilities, cultures, and real-world experiences to design highly effective and relevant teaching practices.

Education and Human Development - BA to MA

Degree Earned: BA MA Designed to allow students to complete both a BA and an MA in Education and Human Development in as little as five years, deepening their expertise, advancing their career goals, and positioning them for leadership roles. Graduates have the skills to teach in a social justice framework, work with diverse learners, and engage in high-quality instruction and assessment.

Master of Arts in Learning Design and Technology

Degree Earned: MA Endorsement The Learning Design and Technology (LDT) MA is a unique graduate program. Students combine LDT certificates to create customize paths based on individual learning, professional interests and goals. The LDT MA program may also be completed for an added Teacher Librarian (K-12) endorsement or Instructional Technology Specialist (K-12) endorsement from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).

Minor in Digital Media Design for Learning

Degree Earned: Minor The Digital Media Design for Learning minor focuses on using digital and social media platforms and technologies to design and produce learning experiences and materials for people in school, organizational, and community settings. ­

Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education, Boulder Journey School Partnership

Degree Earned: MA A new online MA in Early Childhood Education to study innovation for children birth to age 8, at Boulder Journey School, inspired by the schools for young children in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Study quality multi-media examples of learning and teaching, engage in collaborative examination of documentation, and develop interpretations and new practices to innovate the field of Early Childhood Education.

Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning

Degree Earned: Graduate Certificate CU Denver’s Online Teaching and Learning certificate focuses on effective online & hybrid learning designs, high impact practices, and modern learners; with distinct themes of instructional design, inclusive pedagogies, active learning, and emerging pedagogies.

Graduate Certificate in Leadership for Learning Design and Technology

Degree Earned: Graduate Certificate CU Denver’s Leadership for Learning Design and Technology certificate focuses on transformative change, culture, and initiative for modern learning organizations; with distinct themes of vision building, culture shifting, innovation nurturing, business modeling, and knowledge management.

Graduate Certificate in Learning Experience Design

Degree Earned: Graduate Certificate CU Denver’s Learning Experience Design certificate focuses on human centered design, learning engagement and motivation, and learning frameworks. You’ll explore distinct themes of design-thinking, learning aesthetics, universal design, and system usability.

Bachelor of Arts in Education and Human Development, Social Studies (License)

Degree Earned: BA License Prepares secondary teachers to encourage their students to become civically engaged. The program focuses on instilling ways to help middle and high school students understand the importance of voting in public elections, how laws come into being, and how to keep in contact with their elected officials.

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction, Critical Pedagogy

Degree Earned: MA Designed for alumni of the ASPIRE to Teach alternative licensure program to earn an MA in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in critical pedagogy. Graduates collaborate effectively at all levels-with other teachers and learning specialists, parents, students, administrators, counselors, and community members-to facilitate the success of all students.

Master of Arts in STEM Education, Math-Science

Degree Earned: MA Positions teachers with expertise in STEM learning and highly effective assessment and teaching practices to effectively guide today's learners. Graduates help meet the demand for qualified math-science teachers and become leading educators at the forefront of this field. Offered in on-campus, hybrid, and fully online formats.

Endorsement, Bilingual Education Specialist

Degree Earned: Endorsement Designed for currently licensed teachers seeking career advancement and the knowledge and tools needed to work more effectively with multilingual learners. The 10-credit-hour program may be added to the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education endorsement.

Endorsement, Middle School Math

Degree Earned: Endorsement Designed for currently licensed teachers seeking career advancement and a deeper understanding of how to engage middle school students in math. This endorsement gives teachers the unique qualifications needed to support and challenge students with diverse abilities and backgrounds.

Master of Arts in Special Education, Generalist (Endorsement)

Degree Earned: MA Endorsement Prepares motivated educators to identify and champion the strengths and assets of individuals ages 5 - 21 with differing abilities, including those with identified disabilities. Graduates are equipped with the most impactful and effective skills for leading inclusive classrooms and collaborating with professionals in the field and the community.

Master of Arts in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (Endorsement)

Degree Earned: MA Endorsement Prepares educators to become advocates for multilingual learners in school districts by exploring the opportunities and challenges among Latinx students. Graduates help meet the need for leadership in Colorado and nationwide as the Latinx population grows and the achievement gap for students widens.

Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education

Degree Earned: MA Prepares educators to work in inclusive and diverse early learning environments with young children (infancy through age eight). Graduates gain practices that embrace the whole child in culturally and linguistically diverse public school or community-based early childhood education settings, emphasizing family-centered practices. It is offered in on-campus, hybrid, or fully online formats.

Master of Science in Mathematics Education

Degree Earned: MS Designed for licensed teachers who want to delve into mathematics theory while developing research-based teaching practices that support students' mathematics learning.

Educational Specialist in Leadership for Educational Organizations, Principal (License)

Degree Earned: EdS License Designed for individuals whose next career goal is to become a school principal. It is well-suited for individuals who already have a master's degree plus a teaching license or a master's degree with a special services license. Graduates receive the skills critical to success as a leader and to encourage diversity, equity, and social justice at elementary, middle, or high schools.

Undergraduate Certificate in Pathways2Teaching, Paraprofessional

Degree Earned: Undergraduate Certificate Strives to create a new generation of community-responsive educators as it begins the journey for high school juniors and seniors to become teachers. Students earn transferable college credits toward a teaching degree. The program helps meet the demand for teachers in urban and rural communities and address a lack of diversity in the teacher workforce.

Bachelor of Arts in Education and Human Development, Early Childhood Education

Degree Earned: BA Allows students to obtain a bachelor's degree while completing field experiences and internships in place of employment. Graduates become professionals who create inclusive, culturally, and linguistically diverse public school or community-based early childhood education settings, emphasizing family-centered practices.

Graduate Certificate in Teaching for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

Degree Earned: Graduate Certificate Provides content-area teachers (math, science, social studies, etc.) with a foundation of teaching content for multilingual students. The certificate is also valuable to content-area coaches or administrators with a commitment to diversity and social justice, and who provide support for teachers with multilingual learners in K - 12 classrooms.

Master of Arts in Teaching, World Languages, Spanish (License)

Degree Earned: MA License Prepares individuals in as little as a year to teach Spanish in diverse middle and high school classrooms. Features a residency program perfected and proven through almost 30 years of ongoing work with partner schools. Graduates are equipped to expand students' world views, language development, and interpretation skills.

Master of Arts in Teaching, World Languages, French (License)

Degree Earned: MA License Prepares individuals in as little as a year to teach French in diverse middle and high school classrooms. Features a residency program perfected and proven through almost 30 years of ongoing work with partner schools. Graduates are equipped to expand students' world views, language development, interpretation skills, and creative thinking.

Master of Arts in Teaching, Social Studies (License)

Degree Earned: MA License Prepares individuals to teach in diverse middle and high school classrooms and expand students' worldviews, support a global perspective, and deepen critical thinking and analysis skills. Features a residency program perfected and proven through almost 30 years of ongoing work with partner schools.

Master of Arts in Teaching, Special Education Generalist (License)

Degree Earned: MA License Prepares individuals to teach students of varying abilities in diverse elementary, middle, and high school classrooms, using an assets-based approach. Graduates are equipped to identify and champion the strengths and assets of children with differing abilities, helping meet a critical need.

Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Math (License)

Degree Earned: MA License Prepares educators to become effective, knowledgeable, and technology-savvy math teachers. Features a residency program perfected and proven through almost 30 years of ongoing work with partner schools. Graduates are equipped with state-of-the-art mathematics pedagogies, with a strong focus on technology integration and on equity in reaching diverse students.

Master of Arts in Special Education

Degree Earned: MA Prepares licensed teachers to identify and champion the strengths and assets of children with differing abilities. Graduates are equipped with the most impactful and effective skills for leading inclusive classrooms and collaborating with professionals in the field and the community.

Endorsement, Special Education Generalist

Degree Earned: Endorsement Prepares teachers holding an initial license to identify and champion the strengths and assets of individuals ages 5 - 21 with differing abilities, including those with identified disabilities. Designed for teachers who want an endorsement but are not seeking a master's, equipping them with impactful and effective skills for leading inclusive classrooms and collaborating with other professionals.

Master of Arts in Teaching, English Education (License)

Degree Earned: MA License Prepares individuals to teach English to diverse adolescents as they develop their reading and writing skills and an appreciation for literature. Features a residency program perfected and proven through almost 30 years of ongoing work with partner schools. Graduates gain in-depth knowledge that builds on their students' languages, abilities, cultures, and real-world experiences.

Master of Arts in STEM Education, Science

Degree Earned: MA Prepares licensed practicing teachers to think critically about the nature of science education from a research-oriented perspective. Graduates are positioned to be leaders in their communities and in diverse schools.

Doctor of Psychology, School Psychology

Degree Earned: PsyD License Offers comprehensive, supervised training and a strong foundation in school psychological theory and clinical practices that are evidence-based, culturally responsive, socially just, and collaborative. This is one of only 14 school psychology PsyD programs to receive APA accreditation (currently on contingency). A bilingual concentration is available. Graduates experience a 100% job placement rate.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Human Development, Science Education

Degree Earned: PhD Prepares candidates to explore, understand, and think critically about the nature of science and science education from a largely research-oriented perspective. The program prepares graduates to become equity-focused, highly knowledgeable leaders in science research and education, fostering experiential learning and exploration in all learners.

Master of Arts in Counseling, School Counseling​​​

Degree Earned: MA License Prepares advocates for adolescents and children to become competent school counselors who value inclusion and diversity in their communities. Graduates help meet the high demand for qualified counseling professionals as the commitment to addressing mental health in schools intensifies and counselors take on expanded roles.

Master of Arts in Research and Evaluation Methods

Degree Earned: MA Provides an opportunity for those interested in improving the quality of education in schools and community organizations, using high-quality research and evaluation, data-driven decisions, and the dissemination of evidence-based research.

Endorsement, Reading Teacher

Degree Earned: Endorsement Prepares individuals to meet the requirements of the revised Colorado READ Act. The program enhances literacy instruction skills and credentials while providing advanced knowledge and evidence-based training to work with diverse student populations on developing their reading, writing, and oral language skills.

Principal License

Degree Earned: License Designed for elementary or secondary educators interested in obtaining a principal license. This path to leadership develops in-depth understanding about roles and responsibilities, contemporary educational issues, collaboration within and across communities, and a thorough awareness of the legal, financial, and political dimensions of schools and school districts.

Master of Arts in STEM Education, Math

Degree Earned: MA Positions teachers to work successfully in leadership roles in urban and diverse schools and understand the important role mathematics play in students' lives. Graduates help meet the high demand for qualified, effective mathematics teachers. Core Courses are fully online. You may choose elective courses in on-campus, hybrid and fully online formats.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Human Development, Mathematics Education

Degree Earned: PhD Equips candidates to become leaders, faculty members, and researchers at the forefront of change as a critical shortage of mathematics teachers and lagging student achievement levels give way to new understandings about how children learn simple, complex mathematical concepts over the arc of their schooling experience.

Doctor of Education in Leadership for Educational Equity, Mathematics Education

Degree Earned: EdD 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.

Counselor License

Degree Earned: License Designed for graduates of the MA in counseling program in all three tracks- Clinical Mental Health, Couples and Family Counseling, and School Counseling-to prepare for several counseling licenses in Colorado and nationally. Advanced students are eligible to start taking licensure exams prior to graduation.

Master of Arts in Leadership for Educational Organizations, Principal (License)

Degree Earned: MA License Prepares district leaders for future-ready schools. Equipped with a focus on diversity and social justice and the skills and knowledge to develop a vision for a successful school, graduates pursue careers as elementary, middle, or high school principals and administrators to realize change at school and community levels.

Minor in Human Development and Family Relations

Degree Earned: Minor Designed to enhance your academic and career options, CU Denver’s minor in Human Development and Family Relations prepares undergraduate students to serve culturally and linguistically diverse families and individuals in a variety of community and social service settings.

Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Relations

Degree Earned: BS Prepares students for careers serving culturally and linguistically diverse families and individuals in community and social service settings. The program also provides a strong foundation for law school for child and family law, medical school for pediatrics or family medicine, social work graduate school, or a counseling education. It is offered in on-campus, hybrid, and online formats.

Doctor of Education in Leadership for Educational Equity, Higher Education

Degree Earned: EdD Enables and supports current leaders in higher education to continue their work while completing their doctoral degree. Graduates become effective leaders who are passionate about educational access, equity, and social justice in diverse settings in colleges and universities worldwide.

Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Science (License)

Degree Earned: MA License Prepares educators to teach science to diverse adolescents and promote their appreciation for scientific discovery. Features a residency program perfected and proven through almost 30 years of ongoing work with partner schools. Graduates gain in-depth, relevant knowledge and skills that allow them to make science meaningful to their students.

Doctor of Education in Leadership for Educational Equity, Executive Leadership

Degree Earned: EdD License Offers a unique opportunity for current and aspiring leaders in schools and other educational organizations to study with nationally and internationally known scholars and practitioners. Coursework focuses on knowledge and skills around managing talent and finances, building strategic partnerships, leading innovation and change, and planning for future-ready schools and organizations.

Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Education (License)

Degree Earned: MA License Prepares individuals holding a bachelor's degree from many fields to teach in diverse elementary classrooms in as little as a year. Features a residency program perfected and proven through almost 30 years of ongoing work with partner schools. Graduates are highly qualified and well-prepared to support and understand the potential of their students.

Master of Arts in Literacy Education, English Education

Degree Earned: MA Prepares educators to work with diverse adolescents in different settings and help them develop an appreciation for literature and writing. The approach integrates many areas of knowledge that underlie effective teaching of English to serve the needs of today's diverse student population, building on students' languages, abilities, cultures, and real-world experiences.

Early Childhood Special Education Specialist License

Degree Earned: License Offers a perfect fit for those interested in providing culturally responsive, family-centered, developmentally effective early education for children with disabilities in an inclusive setting. Specialists in early childhood special education are in high demand in Colorado and nationally, and play an important role as both lead teachers and specialists who support classroom teachers.

Endorsement, Early Childhood Special Education Specialist

Degree Earned: Endorsement Designed for teachers with early childhood, elementary, or special education licenses to advance and deepen their expertise in educating young children with special needs and supporting their families. On-campus, hybrid, or fully online formats are available. Recipients become lead teachers in classrooms or specialists supporting classroom teachers.

Graduate Certificate in Early Literacy

Degree Earned: Graduate Certificate Equips preschool and primary grade teachers and para-educators with advanced skills in the development, assessment, and instruction of literacy for young learners. The certificate includes methods that help all learners-including those who are linguistically or culturally diverse-gain important literacy skills.

Minor in Education Studies

Degree Earned: Minor CU Denver’s minor in Education Studies is useful across many disciplines and career paths. Undergraduate students explore cognition and learning theory, teaching methods, development across the life span, and working with culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

Doctor of Education in Leadership for Educational Equity, Early Childhood Education

Degree Earned: EdD Designed to prepare highly competent professionals to become leaders and advocates for all children and their families from an equity and inclusive excellence perspective. Graduates lead system and policy development in inclusive, culturally, and linguistically diverse child care, school, and community settings for children birth to age eight, their families, and their educators.

Master of Arts in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

Degree Earned: MA Develops the knowledge, leadership skills, and classroom practices that support multilingual learners and their families. Graduates help meet the increasing need for knowledge and skills to design effective practices to serve the number of children who speak and learn in multiple languages.

Endorsement, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

Degree Earned: Endorsement Designed for currently licensed teachers who are seeking career advancement and the knowledge and tools needed to support diverse languages, cultures, and abilities in the classroom. The endorsement is available with and without an MA.

Master of Arts in Counseling, Couple and Family Counseling/Therapy

Degree Earned: MA Prepares students for careers as couple and family therapists. Faculty teach students to prize human diversity and offer a continuum of mental health services across a variety of settings for the benefit of the community and society. Graduates treat relationship and emotional challenges, while promoting optimum relational health, through a systemic, holistic approach.

Master of Arts in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health

Degree Earned: MA Prepares those interested in providing mental health counseling to a wide range of diverse clients in settings such as mental health centers, private practices, substance abuse centers, hospitals, correctional facilities, and hospice services.

Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Leadership, Buell Program

Degree Earned: Graduate Certificate Prepares students to become influential leaders who will transform the landscape of early childhood education. The coursework focuses on leadership practices specific to child development, learning organizations, and community and systems change that advance equity, excellence, and opportunity among all young children and families. Generously funded by the Buell Foundation.

Administrator, Executive Leadership

Degree Earned: License Prepares educators to take all required licensure exams, opening the door to executive roles-such as president, superintendent, and others-at the district level. Educators receive the skills needed to lead districts to be inclusive, highly effective, and future-ready.

Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

Degree Earned: Graduate Certificate Offers an opportunity to become ABA certified to those who are passionate about identifying and championing the strengths and assets of children with differing abilities.

Bachelor of Arts in French, World Languages (License)

Degree Earned: BA License Instills the essential content and education theory needed to be an effective French teacher and expand the world views, language development, interpretation skills, and creative thinking of students in grades 7 - 12.

Bachelor of Arts in English, Secondary English (License)

Degree Earned: BA License Equips future teachers with valuable content knowledge to teach in the broad field of English studies (literature, film, and writing and rhetoric), while seeking secondary English licensure through the Teacher Education Program.

Bachelor of Arts in Education and Human Development, Early Childhood Education (License)

Degree Earned: BA License Prepares future teachers to work in inclusive and diverse early learning environments with young children (infancy through age eight). Graduates attain practices that embrace the whole child in culturally and linguistically diverse public school or community-based early childhood education settings, emphasizing family-centered practices.