Doctor of Education in Leadership for Educational Equity, Latinx School Communities

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: EdD

Clasroom Type: Online and on campus classes

Equips exceptional leaders with high standards in education to problem-solve, innovate, and contribute in purposeful ways to improving learning outcomes for K -12 Latinx students. Graduates of this program serve as leaders in schools, school systems, colleges, community agencies, and organizations.

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver

What you'll learn

Promoting Latinx learners' achievement is a top priority for Colorado educators and the state has a crucial need to increase the number of Latinx school leaders, as well as leaders who understand the complexities of bilingualism, culture and identity. Schools need leaders who are well-versed in transformational practices that create equity and excellence in linguistically diverse contexts.

Graduates of this program serve as leaders in schools, government, community agencies, and other not-for-profit organizations.

Members of this EdD concentration will:

  • Study school restructuring strategies for linguistic diversity, language education policy and politics, and issues of assessment and instruction for Latino/a students
  • Focus on leadership, organizational change and measurement
  • Engage in data informed decision making
  • Work with real data sets and authentic observations and apply their leadership skills to create real world solutions for change.
  • Culminate the program with 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 in Latin@ schools and 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, Latin@ Learners and Community concentration, is a three-year, hybrid cohort program designed for working professionals, and has 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, detailing your professional background, relevant personal interests, commitment to access and educational equity, and short- and long-term professional goals. Please discuss your interest in and commitment to advancing the educational and life opportunities of Latin@ learners and community organizations, your leadership experiences, and your goals in further impacting Latin@ learners and communities.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Professional artifacts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions

Application​ deadlines

December 1