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School of Education and Human Development University of Colorado Denver

School of Education and Human Development

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 What are the application deadlines?

Program specific application deadlines follow:

Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies
July 1 – Summer
May 15 - Fall
Oct 1 - Spring

Jan 15 - Fall
Sept 15 - Spring

Doctor of Education (EdD)
Dec 1 - Summer

Doctor of Philosophy (Phd)
Dec 1 - Fall

Early Childhood Education
Feb 15 - Summer
April 15 - Fall
Nov 15 - Spring (online cohort only, admits only on even years- 2016, 2018, etc)

Educational Psychology
April 15 - Fall
Sept 15 - Spring

Information and Learning Technologies
March 15 - Summer
May 15 - Fall
Nov 15 - Spring

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education
Feb 15 - Summer
April 15 - Fall
Nov 1 - Spring

Literacy, Language and Culturally Responsive Teaching
Feb 15 - Summer
April 15 - Fall
Nov 1 - Spring

STEM Education (Mathematics and Science)
Feb 15 - Summer
April 15 - Fall
Nov 1 - Spring

Mathematics Education (MSEd)
Feb 15 - Summer
April 15 - Fall
Nov 1 - Spring

School Psychology (PsyD)
Dec 1 - Fall

Special Education MA/Endorsement
Feb 15 - Summer
April 15 - Fall
Nov 1 - Spring

Urban Community Teacher Education
Mar 1- Summer/Fall


 How recent should the GRE scores be?

GRE scores may not be more than 5 years old.


 What should be included in the application essay?

Please read our essay guidelines. They will provide overall suggestions as well as program specific points that you should cover in your written statement.3

 What is the fingerprinting process?

Carefully follow the instructions on the fingerprint affidavit located within our online application. Most important questions are addressed on the affidavit.

Please call your local police department to figure out the process for obtaining a fingerprint card. In rare instances, your local police station will not have them readily available. In this case, you may need to contact another police station. If you are an out of state applicant, please follow this same process.

We cannot accept previous background checks by other entities/states/departments in lieu of this process. We need to see that your prints are specifically on file with the Colorado Department of Education. If you believe they are, you may confirm this by entering your social security number and date of birth on the CDE website. The top of the page will display Fingerprint Requirement: Met once CDE has received satisfactory fingerprint results.

By signing the fingerprint affidavit, you are stating that you have initiated the fingerprint process with and that you have mailed your fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for processing.


 What should I do if I have a technical problem while filling out the online application? (i.e. saving, uploading documents)

We are sorry that you are having difficulties. Please email for assistance.


 How do I confirm that the SEHD has received my transcripts, GRE/MAT scores and recommendations?

Due to the large volume of applications we receive, it is difficult to confirm receipt of all applications and materials. We will email you no later then two weeks after the application deadline to confirm receipt of materials. At that time, we will let you know if any application items are missing.

*It can take our office up to 21 days to receive GRE/MAT scores. Therefore, it is highly advisable to take the exam approximately a month before the application deadline.

**Please note that your recommenders do not receive the link to submit your recommendation until you have submitted your application. Therefore, we strongly suggest submitting your application early to allow recommenders sufficient time to complete the form by the application deadline.


 Whom should I contact about non-technical questions?

Please email or call 303.315.6300.


 How do I submit transcripts?

To mail or drop off transcripts, please use the following information:

Mailing address:

CU Denver School of Education & Human Development
Campus Box 106
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical address:

1380 Lawrence Street, Suite 701
Denver, CO 80204


 How many transcripts do I need to submit?

We require one official degree-bearing transcript from a U.S. regionally accredited college/university. Please also submit transcripts from (a) institutions granting previous degrees and (b) institutions from which courses have been taken that you wish to transfer into the program.


 How should my recommenders send their forms?

In the online application, you will be prompted to list your recommenders and their contact emails. The recommenders will receive an email with a link where they will answer a few questions and submit their recommendation electronically. If your recommender has not received the link, or if it needs to be resent, please contact


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