Our Programs

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Counseling Psychology (CP) – Awareness and Prevention

The social justice focused CP program gives students the skills to become thoughtful, self-reflective practitioners, researchers or leaders so they can go on to counsel adolescents, adults, children, couples or families from diverse cultural backgrounds. CP students are equipped to help people struggling with addiction or other mental health challenges. The CP training enhances students’ skills and knowledge to integrate clients’ psychological challenges with societal issues and provide culturally sensitive treatment. Faculty research explores many exciting and critically important areas such as class, race, ethnicity, relationship counseling, women’s issues and health and well-being. Students examine these issues and apply what they learn through hands-on experience at their placements. The CP program teaches them how to think critically and strategically, so they will be able to meet the diverse needs of the people they will serve.

Curriculum and Instruction (CI) – Innovation and Creativity

The CI program equips students with the skills to critique, construct and implement innovative, inclusive and effective instruction and pedagogy. Whether our students are professors, K–12 teachers, student services administrators or consultants, they are able to turn their education and ideas into a well-structured, inspired curricula. The program faculty work toward the development of the most effective pedagogy, curriculum, scholarship and care for students that is needed to address the current state of education in private and public, as well as formal and informal education settings.

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) – Early Support – Lifelong Outcomes

The ECSE program is as unique as the young children and families that our graduates serve in public schools, child care programs, early intervention programs (Head Start and Early Head Start), and family support and home-based programs. Nationally-renowned faculty specialize in Fragile X syndrome, autism, play-based assessment and holistic intervention strategies. ECSE students gain hands-on experience in one of our two on-campus model schools, Ricks Center for Gifted Children and Fisher Early Learning Center and throughout Denver metro school districts.

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) – Leading with Courage

As one of the top 25 leadership programs in the nation, the ELPS program trains professionals to not just lead their schools, but to transform them. By infusing transformative leadership, equity-based practices and innovative processes into curriculum, ELPS has created one of the most successful private college-public school partnerships in the nation. ELPS partners with local education agencies to develop educational leaders to progressively address the current challenges facing schools and other educational systems.

Department of Higher Education (HED) – Access and Equity

With a focus on equity, inclusive excellence and justice, students in HED engage in research, policy and practice to understand and transform education systems. Students work alongside the department’s award-winning faculty in preparation for careers in post-secondary education related to administration, policy, teaching and research. Upon graduation, they go on to work in both public and private agencies of higher education. HED prides itself on being a collaborative community that supports students, expands access to education and implements positive change.

Library and Information Science (LIS) – Change Agents for Our Information Society

From libraries and archives, to corporations and nonprofits, LIS professionals are at the forefront of change. Guided by the values of diversity and social responsibility, the program prepares librarians and information professionals to tackle issues in information organization, service, technology and data curation to meet the needs of children, teens, adults, students, researchers and communities from all walks of life. In partnership with our communities, students take on local challenges and act as global-minded citizens. They advocate for equitable information access as the foundation of informed citizenry, civic participation, literacy and meaningful leisure. Designed for the information age, LIS is offered both on campus and online.

Research Methods and Statistics (RMS) – Challenging Assumptions

In a society overwhelmed with information, the ability to produce rigorous research for diverse audiences has never been more critical. The RMS program goes beyond educational research to include social, behavioral and health research. We equip students with cutting-edge quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches for research and evaluation to tackle the ever-growing challenges of our day. Students develop advanced and holistic data analytical skills for promoting social justice and the public good. And our action-based research approach allows students to work closely with our experienced faculty and community partners and start research practice right away.

School Counseling (SC) – Shaping Students’ Lives

The SC online master’s program shapes social-justice-focused school counselors who can use their thorough understanding of educational systems and complex counseling concepts to directly serve and advocate for children and adolescents in P-12 schools. The degree helps students develop a strong school counseling identity and teaches them how to successfully address the academic, career and social emotional needs of diverse students. Students also learn how to use data to identify schoolwide trends and develop appropriate programs that help the student population thrive as a whole.

School Psychology (SP) – 360 Wellness Through Research, Advocacy and Service

When it comes to crisis intervention and mental health, schools have become the focus for addressing these issues. The SP program is training mental health professionals to navigate the multifaceted challenges of these ever-changing environments. Our graduates are administrators, national leaders, practitioners and researchers. Through real-world, practical experience and instruction from our nationally-recognized faculty, SP students are prepared to embark on their careers with tools to support children, families, schools and communities across diverse cultural, ethnic and geographic settings.

Teacher Education Program (TEP) – Making a Difference

The Morgridge College of Education is a national leader in quality teacher preparation with a focus on equity in education. Our students strive to motivate, guide and inspire future generations. More than almost any other profession, teaching provides the opportunity to make a significant, tangible difference in the world. In TEP, our students complete a yearlong residency that facilitates deep integration of theory and practice. The Urban Teacher Fellowship (UTF) program positions selected teacher candidates in highly impacted schools and provides them with the support necessary to both learn and thrive. UTF students receive their graduate training as part of TEP, and complete their one-year teacher residency in selected schools within Denver Public Schools.

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