School of Education and Human Development Adds New Doctorate Program

April 6, 2009

A cry for executive training in education was heard loud and clear by the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Education & Human Development. Educational organizations, more than ever, need professionals who specialize in urban and diverse schools looking to transform these environments. Now those seeking a doctorate in education can achieve their goal at CU Denver’s Downtown Denver campus. With approval from the University of Colorado Board of Regents and the Colorado Department of Higher Education, leaders in education seeking this advanced degree can begin taking classes this summer.

The new Doctor of Education degree is called Leadership for Educational Equity. Its core curriculum will take an expected three years to complete. It will consist of weekend and online classes, and/or summer sessions. Core curriculum covers equity in urban and diverse communities, leadership and learning, and inquiry.

“It’s an attractive option for working professionals who want to explore, research, problem-solve, and take action on the critical challenges facing urban and diverse schools and communities,” said Deanna Sands, associate dean of research and professional education at CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development. “The EdD program aims to prepare transformational individuals who will promote equity and access to P-12 education, community and community college contexts.”

Students in the program will be exposed to real-world problem solving in schools, school districts, or community-based educational contexts; context-specific best practices; interdisciplinary connections; public policy work; and innovative, applied inquiry. They will advance through the program with a group of 20 students. Faculty aim to cultivate an environment of intellectual dialogue and academic and professional growth.

“The new EdD program, along with our PhD program, enables us to prepare our students more precisely for their careers and leadership roles,” said Lynn Rhodes, PhD, dean of the CU Denver’s School of Education and Human Development. “The PhD now will include only students whose career goals are to work as higher education faculty or in research centers while the EdD will focus on preparing students whose goals are high-level leadership positions in school districts and other education organizations.”

Students applying to the EdD will select a focus of concentration from two options. The Instructional Leadership concentration area is designed for individuals who want to hone their skills in adult learning to become professionals who hold or seek to move into positions such as teacher leaders, coaches/mentors, program coordinators, curriculum directors, or instructors at teaching universities/colleges or community colleges.

The Executive Leadership concentration area is designed to deepen individuals’ skills in community relations to become professionals who hold or seek to move into senior management positions inside school districts, higher education policy organizations or community-based education organizations. Roles may include that of a director, deputy, superintendent or president.