A Message from the Dean

Hello, I am Karen Riley, Dean for the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. Choosing a graduate school is one of the most important decisions you will make in your career. We are thrilled that you are considering the Morgridge College of Education, the premier school of education in the Rocky Mountain region for more than a century.

At MCE, we believe that education serves as the foundation and means for transformation within our society. The University of Denver has a long-standing reputation for excellence, innovation and community involvement. Our graduates reside around the world and hold prominent positions and leadership roles within their communities. We seek students who will perpetuate this positive pattern and continue our mission of promoting positive change through unleashing the power of learning..

As a DU and MCE alumna and Dean, I take great pride in our programs and enduring commitment to excellence, inclusiveness and innovation. I can assure you, as an MCE student, your graduate school experience will include high-quality and rigorous academics taught by a nationally recognized faculty, as well as numerous opportunities to work on research and community-oriented projects.

Our students serve as change agents and strive to make a lasting and meaningful impact on the lives of others. If this statement describes you and your aspirations I encourage you to take the time to review the information on our website and reach out to our admissions team with questions. We also encourage you to attend one of our online information sessions, where you will learn about our unique and flexible programs, which meet the needs of a diverse body of students, including working adults. If you are able, we invite you to visit in person so you can engage in the student experience in real time. You will also have the opportunity to tour our state-of-the-art facility Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Our Mission & Vision

We developed the Morgridge College of Education’s mission and vision through a careful and inclusive process, with over 200 faculty, staff, students and community members. We’re proud to say that our mission and vision drive who we are and what we do.


The Morgridge College of Education’s mission is to be a force for positive change in the lives of individuals, organizations and communities through unleashing the power of learning.

We accomplish our mission in four ways:

  • Through preparing highly competent, socially responsible, ethical and caring professionals to promote learning in diverse settings
  • Through actively reaching out beyond our College to engage in learning partnerships with others
  • Through contributing high-quality research to our respective fields
  • Through modeling excellence in all of our own educational programs


The Morgridge College of Education will be a global leader in innovative and effective approaches for promoting learning throughout the lifespan.

Transcending traditional ideas about education and schooling, we will embrace a new, comprehensive vision of learning as a lifelong activity that involves the whole person and can occur through a variety of methods, anywhere and at any time.

We will promote educational change and social equity and will provide leadership for the improvement of education, mental health and information services and systems.

Diversity Statement

The Morgridge College of Education prescribes to the Diversity Statement as defined by the University of Denver.

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