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Design Phase: Developing and Designing

Program: School Improvement Education Doctorate 

Department: Leadership, Research and School Improvement

Program Areas:

  1. Educational Leadership
  2. Students can create their own

Current Mission/Goals: The mission of the program is to develop educational professionals who initiate systemic and sustainable improvement in schools.

Program Redesign Timeline:

  • Spring 2017- Spring 2018: Revision of core educational leadership courses
  • Fall 2018: Implementation of new core educational leadership courses
  • Fall 2017-Summer 2018: Revision of dissertation process
  • Summer 2018: Implementation of new dissertation process, Student cohort 19
  • Fall 2017-Summer 2018: Revision of research courses and dissertation mentoring courses
  • Summer 2018: Implementation of new research courses and dissertation mentoring courses
  • Fall 2018-Fall 2020: Evaluation of new educational leadership courses, research courses, and dissertation mentoring courses
  • Summer 2019-Spring 2020: Evaluation of new dissertation model
  • Beginning Spring 2017: Evaluation of program effectiveness

Expected Program Outcomes:

The issues students are encountering in their professional settings are changing, and as a result, the School Improvement EdD Program needs to change as well. There are three specific expected outcomes, including developing more relevant core curriculum, rebuilding the research core, and redesigning the dissertation experience.

Expected Student Outcomes:

It is the goal of the program and its faculty that graduates:

  • Are prepared to lead improvements in educational settings
  • Move schools and stakeholders in directions that promote and increase student learning and social development and ultimately benefit society
  • Are able to influence others toward a shared commitment to a common purpose
  • Understand and use the knowledge base on effective teaching and learning to initiate teacher development and school improvement
  • Conduct research in school improvement and reform
  • Engage in rational discussion informed by and grounded in the knowledge base

Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED)
Headquartered @ The University of Pittsburgh School of Education
4318 Posvar Hall - 230 S. Bouquet Street - Pittsburgh, PA 15260
info@cpedinitiative.org   +1 (412) 648-7428