Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Pursue doctoral-level research through field-based opportunities that address important issues of practice. Our Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED)-based Ed.D. program helps you take a deeper look at the systems and leaders that influence and guide our schools. Our Ed.D. program will prepare you for careers in executive leadership, higher education, and policy centers.

The Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies builds upon prior leadership training and requires a Master’s degree in an education related field. You will take two years of coursework and, in year three, conduct field research in collaboration with partner schools and districts.

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.

Program Requirements

To apply to our Ed.D. program, you must have a master’s degree in an education-related field. You must also have completed principal, teacher-leadership, or other formal leadership preparation.

Once you are in the program, you will need to complete 65-quarter credit hours and a Doctoral Research Project. This project is based on independent research supported in quarterly research seminars with faculty, and is focused on important issues of practice.

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If you complete the optional six-credit hour administrator internship (300 contact hours) and pass the PLACE Administrator exam (in addition to meeting Ed.D. program requirements), you can apply for two licenses through the Colorado Department of Education (CDE): the Initial Administrator (Superintendent) License or the Initial Administrator (Director of Special Education) License.

Approximate Completion Time

Three to seven years


Department Chair
Dr. Doris Candelarie
303-871-6560, KRH 353

Academic Services Associate
Mayumi Beckelheimer
303-871-2314, KRH 340D

Admissions Contact
Rachel Riley
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Office Hours: By appointment only

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