Doctor of Education in Leadership for Educational Equity, Urban and Diverse Communities

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: EdD

Clasroom Type: Online and on campus classes

Prepares leaders to see opportunities for diverse and urban students as well as the range of complex challenges in P - 12, post-secondary, and nonprofit educational systems. The program focuses on the skills and dispositions to work along with communities, while investigating these issues in-depth to lead systems change.

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver

What you'll learn

Urban communities are complex and diverse, often represented in oversimplified ways in modern literature and the media. University of Colorado Denver's Doctor of Education (EdD) concentration in urban and diverse communities prepares practitioners in P-12, post-secondary or educational and community settings to lead for impact and change through:

  • A complex and contextualized view of urban and diverse communities
  • A strengths-based understanding of the experiences of families, children and their communities
  • An understanding of policies and practices in housing, employment, urban development and education
  • An understanding of the cultural and historical realities and identities of diverse communities
  • An understanding of relevant and applicable critical and social theories
  • A disposition to work alongside, and with, local communities
  • The leadership skills for supporting systems development and change
  • The experience of addressing 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 urban and diverse communities. 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,” 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 of seven Concentration Areas (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.

Recommended Completion Time:3 or 5 Years

Required Credits for Completion:54 Credits

Admission Requirements

The EdD in Leadership for Educational Equity, urban and diverse communities 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, and provides an integrated essay detailing the following topics:
      • Experience working with diverse populations
      • General area of research/practice interest
      • Post-completion plans (career interests)
      • Reasons for interest in the degree
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Professional artifacts (3)
  • Three letters of recommendation (2 professional, 1 community-based, if possible)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions

For more information, email or call 303.315.6300