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Master's in Education and Human Development

The master's program in Education and Human Development prepares students to facilitate the teaching/learning process and to lead and work in community-based environments. Thus, many students pursue the degree to enhance their skills as professional classroom teachers or leaders in the community. 

You will learn the skills necessary for a variety of roles in educational and teaching settings or community environments where knowledge of learning, development, family and community systems, motivation and research is essential. Our graduates go on to teach at community colleges and teaching-based colleges/universities, teach adults, consult, develop assessments, conduct program development and evaluation, and lead in community organizations. Many of our graduates also seek this MA as preparation for advanced study in educational pschology, family science and human development, research and related fields.

Note: The School of Education & Human Development has recently changed the name of this degree from Educatonal Psychology to Education and Human Development. 

Concentration Areas of Study

Four major areas of concentration are available: Learning, Human Development and Family Relations, Research and Evaluation and Assessment. 


Students will engage in constructing adaptive learning and development opportunities for participants in diverse educational and community contexts. They will examine learning environments in various formal and informal contexts (including classrooms, schools and community centers) and from multiple perspectives (psychological, socio-cultural, design-based or neuroscience). 

You will discuss how to motivate and engage students through developmentally and culturally appropriate practices, and how to facilitate growth and development of students from diverse backgrounds. Students will have various opportunities to understand the latest research in the field of learning and learning sciences while engaging in dynamic interactions with faculty. 

The Learning program offers courses such as: Human Learning; Human Development Over the Life Span; Designing Environments for Learning and Development; Cognition and Instruction; Motivation in Contexts; Mind, Brain and Education; Advanced Child Growth and Development; and Social Contexts of Adolescence. Read more about our faculty: Jung-In Kim.

Human Development and Family Relations (HDFR):

Students will engage in developing their skills to work in and lead community-based organizations including, but not limited to, for-profit and non-profit organizations that are: secular, faith-based, school-based, local, state, federal and international. The importance of family diversity and social justice is stressed throughout the HDFR curriculum through its courses and experiences. Students can also develop their knowledge in family relations in preparation for doctorate studies in family science and human development, or related areas. This program provides a pathway to pursue a PhD with a concentration in Family Science and Human Development at CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development. 

Students who complete this path will also be eligible to complete a bilingual (Spanish) Family and Community Services concentration area in preparation for working with Spanish-speaking families and communities. (Advisor approval is required for this concentration.)

The faculty who teach this area also provide classes that serve all SEHD graduate programs. We offer courses in: family theories; family dynamics and diverse family systems; Latino family, schools and community systems; family resource management; leadership and organizations; grant writing and fundraising; program development; and other famiy relations courses. Read more about our faculty: Antwan Jefferson, Ruben Viramontez Anguiano

Research and Evaluation Methods (RSEM):

RSEM students will acquire skills necessary for a variety of roles that involve data-driven decisions. Students who complete this area will be better prepared to facilitate decision making based on evidence. Some students pursue the degree to enhance their skills as classroom teachers. Others move out of the classroom and work in environments where information and data from different sources can be used to make informed decisions. 

The RSEM faculty members also provide classes to all SEHD graduate programs. We offer courses in research methods, evaluation, statistics, analysis, assessment and measurement. Read more about our faculty: Nancy Leech, Maria "Ayita" Ruiz-Primo, Kent Seidel


This area provides opportunities for you to develop an in-depth understanding about assessment. You'll address issues in both classroom and large-scale assessment and focus on other forms of assessment, such as portfolios and performance assessments. You also may specialize in assessment in a content area like literacy or mathematics. Read more about our faculty: Alan Davis, Nancy LeechMaria "Ayita" Ruiz-Primo, Kent Seidel


30 credit hour master's degree program

More Information

We encourage you to connect with our Office of Admissions and Outreach to assist with the application. 


Phone: 303-315-6300

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