The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED)
CPED has engaged over 50 colleges and schools of education which have committed resources to work together to undertake a critical examination of the doctorate in education through dialog, experimentation, critical feedback and evaluation. The intent of the project is to collaboratively redesign the Ed.D. and to make it a stronger and more relevant degree for the advanced preparation of school practitioners and clinical faculty, academic leaders and professional staff for the nation’s schools and colleges and the learning organizations that support them.
Phase I: 2007-2010
With the support of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching under the leadership of then President Dr. Lee Shulman, and the backing of the Council for Academic Deans of Research Education Institutions (CADREI), the project began with 25 member institutions. Three years of bi-annual convenings and on-line collaborations produced the following Definition of the Ed.D.:
"The professional doctorate in education prepares educators for the application of appropriate and specific practices, the generation of new knowledge, and for the stewardship of the profession."
In addition, the Consortium developed a set of Working Principles to guide program development and a set of Design Concepts that represent the core components of Ed.D. preparation. In September 2010, the hard work of the consortium was rewarded with a $700,000 grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE).
Phase II: 2010-2013
With the receipt of the FIPSE Grant, the CPED Initiative entered a second phase during which the consortium has undertaken a mixed-methods, multi-case study of its work at 21 of the original member institutions (for more information see: FIPSE Research Tab). In addition, the Consortium has added 8 new California State University campuses and 27 new universities that have committed themselves to continuing the work of the Consortium in a continuous and evaluative discussion of the Education Doctorate.
CPED Headquarters moved to Duquesne University School of Education where Dr. Jill A. Perry, Co-Director received a research faculty position. A founding member, Duquesne University has offered both support and guidance to the Consortium. Dean Olga Welch serves as the Chair of the CPED Advisory Committee and Dr. Rick McCown serves as the FIPSE Project Director.
Dr. Jill A. Perry, Co-Director
Jill Alexa Perry is a Co-Director for the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate. She is also currently a Research Faculty member in the Department of Foundations and Leadership at Duquesne University. A graduate of the University of Maryland, she received her Ph.D. in International Education Policy. Dr. Perry’s research focuses on professional doctorate preparation in education, organizational change in higher education, teacher professionalization, and teacher issues both nationally and internationally. She has over 18 years of experience in leadership and program development in education and teaching experience at the elementary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels in the US and abroad. She is a Fulbright Scholar (Germany) and a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Paraguay).
Dr. David G. Imig, Co-Director
David G. Imig is a Co-Director for the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate. He is also Professor of the Practice at the University of Maryland. For twenty-five years he led the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education where he engaged deans in on-going dialogue regarding institutional change and developed a firm understanding of the challenges of changing education schools. Imig holds his academic degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and is widely published in the areas of teacher and administrative leadership.