You have a passion for educational access, equity and social justice in higher education and you want to be empowered with tools for positive change to impact student success. You’re ready to pursue your doctorate in order to join leadership discussions and actions at the highest level in colleges and universities to grapple with what educational equity really means. CU Denver’s Doctor of Education in Leadership for Educational Equity with a concentration in higher education (HED) is designed to empower leaders in higher education in urban and rural communities.
The three-year cohort-based program provides an online format that’s accessible for working professionals. Students will meet in person for one week in the summer and one week in the winter, and will engage in collaborative online courses in between. This structure helps accommodate people’s working lives and allows them to practice and apply the concepts they are learning.
Topics of study include:
- A focus on leadership skills to improve access, equity and success for college and university students
- Law and ethics
- Organizational cultures
- Finance and strategic resource allocations
- Power and privilege
- Predictive analytics
The HED concentration offers a unique support service through which students can receive executive coaching for up to a year after graduation.
Approximate completion time: The program requires a total of 54 credit hours and can be completed in three years.
Mode of study: Primarily online. Students will meet in person in Denver, CO for one week in the summer and one week in the winter, and will engage in collaborative online courses in between. The third summer is also face-to-face intensive. SEHD administrators are working with CU Online and the new Office of Digital Education to construct an online format for the program that maximizes meaningful learning experiences and faculty interactions along with convenience.
Linda Bowman, clinical professor in the Leadership for Educational Equity program and interim vice provost for student access and achievement at CU Denver, has spent a career leading community colleges in Colorado—three of them as president and more than 25 years in leadership in the Colorado Community College System. It is also where she developed her passion for educational access, equity and social justice in higher education.
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 higher education leader. 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.