Graduate Student Orientation

Welcome to the School of Education & Human Development!

Academic Advisors and Faculty Advisors

New students are assigned an academic advisor and faculty advisor/mentor. For an explanation of the difference between the two please see this document.

  • Academic advisors are professional staff who assist students with program-specific advising needs, including registration, transfer credit, policies, and procedures. To schedule an in-person, phone, or Zoom video conferencing appointment, please contact your academic advisor directly
  • Faculty advisors/mentors are professors who can assist students with academic and career-related issues
    • You should meet with your faculty advisor at least once a year
    • See your SEHD admissions letter for the name of your Faculty Advisor

Geneva Sarcedo


Rebecca Schell


Shelley Gomez

Catalog and Handbooks

The course catalog provides the information you need as a CU Denver student.  In the current catalog, choose the Graduate Catalog.

The School of Education & Human Development has a general Student Policy Handbook for all MA, EdS, and Graduate Licensure, Endorsement, and Certificate students. In addition, each program of study has a program-specific student handbook. Please review both handbooks prior to beginning coursework! To find your program handbook and course requirements, go to the Graduate Student Resources page and click on the drop down menu under Program Specific Resources. Save a copy of your program handbooks for future reference!

Important Dates/Deadlines 

Academic calendar - registration dates, drop/add deadlines, for Denver campus (face-to-face, hybrid, and online) courses, graduation application deadline and final degree posting dates. Deadlines and processes may vary for Continuing Education/Extended Studies courses.

Be aware of when registration starts for the next term

  • Spring registration usually starts in November
  • Summer registration usually starts in March
  • Fall registration usually starts in April

Billing Deadline calendar - Bursar’s Office


After you’ve replied to (accepted) your offer of admission, please allow a few business days for processing before logging into UCDAccess with your university credentials.

Once you’ve logged into UCDAccess, you can also log in to your CU Denver email account and Canvas.  Email is the official means of communication for CU Denver.  SEHD will only send communications to your CU Denver email account Please use only your CU Denver email when communicating with Academic and Faculty Advisors.

UCD Access Portal - used to register for classes, pay bills, apply for graduation, view unofficial transcripts, accept financial aid awards, apply for scholarships, and more.

Canvas is the online learning management system.

  1. Please take a look at the CU Online page for a quick video introduction on how to use canvas.
  2. Refer to Instructure's Canvas Student Guide for more in depth instructions.

A few notes about Canvas

  • Allows you to access course material, submit assignments, and engage in classes
  • All online and hybrid classes and some on-campus classes will use Canvas (Please contact your instructor if you do not have access to your online or hybrid course through Canvas by the first day of the semester.)
  • Fully online courses are NOT self-paced
  • Your Canvas Inbox is separate from your CU Denver email
  • There’s also a Canvas App, available for download on IOS and Android platforms.

Zoom is an online conferencing tool available to all students, staff, and faculty.

SEHD Computer Lab & SEHD Student Commons Area

The SEHD student computer lab is located at Lawrence Street Center (LSC), 1380 Lawrence Street, Room 701. 

Room 701 also includes an open area with tables for students to work and plus two study rooms. The study rooms are available for all SEHD students to utilize. You may use either study room when unoccupied.

Hours: Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm, Fri 8am-4pm while classes are in session

Information about computer labs and study spaces across campus can be found on the CU Denver Student Computer Labs and Study Spaces page.

Technology Help

Canvas 24/7 Support

  • For current students, Canvas 24/7 support is available by clicking "help" from the left-hand navigation within Canvas
  • 855.631.2250

Office of Information Technology (OIT) Help Desk

  • The OIT Service Desk is your main point of contact for your technology questions. Whether you need to request a new service or troubleshoot an issue with technology, OIT is here to help:
  • 303.724.4357

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid and Scholarships

SEHD Department Scholarships

  • Awarded annually for fall and spring semesters as available
  • Awards are made for the following academic year in spring
  • Scholarship application is generally open December 1 - March 1
  • Visit the SEHD Scholarship Page for more information

Campus Resources

Many campus resources are student fee supported services for Denver Campus Students.  Certain resources are only available during the terms you’ve paid associated student fees.  If you are enrolled in only online courses or Extended Studies/Continuing Education courses, please note that you won’t be charged the student fees affiliated with access to some campus resources.

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