Our Ed.D. program is ideal for any scholar interested in problems of practice that emerge in educational settings.

Explore important issues of development, implementation, and assessment in curriculum and instruction. Our Ed.D. program gives you the opportunity to tackle these issues head-on, by working with community partners in formal and informal education settings.

Our Ed.D. program is affiliated with the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED). This means we follow the best practices of the CPED, and provide exceptional coursework and learning opportunities to help you delve deeply into issues, theory, and matters of practice surrounding equity and social responsibility.

Working closely with our nationally recognized faculty, you will develop curricular expertise and applied research skills that will prepare you to become a leader in the field of education.

Our Ed.D. program follows a cohort model. You will take most of your classes with the same group of people over the course of three years. This model allows you to work as a community to explore problems of practice and develop solutions, while also supporting your individual interests and perspectives around particular educational challenges and opportunities.

Ed.D. areas of specialization include:

  • Curriculum Studies
  • Mathematics Education (Ideal if you want to become a leader in mathematics education, both in terms of theory and research, as well as practice (e.g., K–12 inquiry-based instruction and professional development). Mathematics courses specific to the needs of K–6 teachers also are available.)
  • Gifted Education (leads to eligibility to apply for Colorado Department of Education Endorsement in Gifted EducationLearn More.)

The program learning outcomes for the Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction are as follows:

  • Inclusive Excellence: Create systems of empowerment to improve educational outcomes for diverse students, families, and communities, especially those who are or have been marginalized.
  • Research: Critically analyze and conduct rigorous research to address educational inequities.
  • Leadership & Advocacy: Act as an agent of change.
  • Curriculum: Design, implement, and evaluate curriculum that supports learning for all students.
  • Instruction: Design, implement, and evaluate effective and equitable instructional practices.
  • Assessment: Design, implement, and evaluate assessments to guide instruction and improve student learning.

You will need to complete 65-quarter credit hours. Nine to 24 of these quarter credit hours must be in a specialization area. You must also complete a:

  • Comprehensive exam
  • Dissertation in practice
Approximate Completion Time

Three to seven years


Department Chair
Dr. Rashida Banerjee
303-871-6597, KRH 245

Academic Services Associate
Kara Duggan

Admissions Contact
Noah Schlueter
303-871-2509, KRH 110
Office Hours: By appointment only

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