Program Information

Lead for a better future.

Our Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) program gives you the tools to tackle challenges at all levels within an educational system, whether you are an aspiring principal, district leader, or policy maker.

Build critical skills through intensive academic and field-based experiences. You will benefit from a curriculum that integrates leadership, systems and design thinking, policy, and research. Our curriculum, faculty, and clinical experiences will empower you to think like an entrepreneur and build leadership capacity for continuous improvement and demonstrable results.

A unique component of our program is our focus on transformative and turnaround leadership which is at the core of the curriculum for all of our degree programs. As an ELPS student, you will learn how to unleash and leverage self, communities, and resources to change the status quo.

Degree Programs

Certificate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (CO Principal Licensure)
Pursue licensure as a school principal in Colorado.
Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Pursue licensure as a school principal and develop your ability to be a transformative leader.
Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Develop advanced research skills and expertise in educational leadership and policy.
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Develop research skills and expertise to address significant problems of practice in educational leadership and Policy.

Get a general overview of our degree programs


The ELPS program at the University of Denver is one of the best of the country.

Why Study at DU?

There are many reasons to study at the Morgridge College of Education. Substantial tuition scholarships are awarded to all accepted students. Our graduates are successful in obtaining leadership positions upon graduating from our programs. Our faculty members are nationally recognized scholars who serve in a multitude of leadership positions within professional organizations and editorial boards.

Beyond these reasons, you will find that there is no better place to live than Denver. Take the light rail directly from DU to downtown where you can enjoy amazing restaurants, sporting events, and nightlife or take a short drive west for spectacular mountain scenery and recreation. There are plenty of options to make your time at DU even more fulfilling.

NOTE: If you plan to attend the University of Denver with a student visa, view important information about licensure.

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