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A Unique Network 

The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) is an international network of 135+ graduate schools of education leading the charge to transform the Education Doctorate into the Professional Practice Doctorate in EducationMembers are committed to rethinking advanced educational preparation through improved EdD program designs that offer academic rigor, practical impact, applied research, and value. CPED, the first action-oriented effort working to distinguish the EdD from the PhD, defines the EdD as one that prepares educators to become Scholarly Practitioners who can apply appropriate and specific practices, generate new knowledge, and steward the profession. 

The Knowledge Forum 

CPED is the Knowledge Forum on the EdD. Program designs are supported through a curated set of resources, national data about programs, and Impacting Education: Journal for Transforming Professional Practice (IE), the peer-reviewed, open-source academic journal of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate.   

Network and Knowledge = Professional Development 

CPED guides its members in critically examining the EdD through dialog, experimentation, critical feedback, and evaluation. Through professional development opportunities and a wide range of resources, member institutions learn to (re)design their EdD programs to better serve practitioners while networking with a supportive and resourceful professional community.   

Member opportunities for professional development include: 

  • Annual Convenings, the Carnegie signature activity 

  • Monthly virtual learning events 

  • Design materials and resources  

  • National data about EdD designs and practices 

  • Opportunities for collaboration across a vigorous network 

  • Newsletters, books and journal publications  

  • Social media connections 

  • CPED Interest Groups 

  • Facilitation services 

Vision and Mission

We envision a future where equity-minded educational professionals lead lasting and positive change for the learning and benefit of everyone.  

The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) transforms the advanced preparation of educational professionals to lead through scholarly practice for the improvement of individuals and communities. 


With the support of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (CFAT) under the leadership of then President Dr. Lee Shulman and the backing of the Council for Academic Deans of Research Education Institutions (CADREI), The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) began in 2007. With 25 member institutions and a small pot of funds from the Carnegie Foundation, CPED created an ambitious goal to redesign doctoral preparation for professional practitionersToday, CPED is an active international network with over 135 member institutions.



Broad and diverse membership is central to CPED’s success. Annually, CPED invites schools and colleges of education from around the world to join its 135+ member institutions in the work of transforming the EdD into the professional practice doctorate in education. Through professional development opportunities and a wide range of resources, CPED member institutions and their faculty learn to redesign their EdD programs to better serve practitioners. Benefits of membership include a professional development network that supports schools and colleges of education in EdD program design, annual Convenings, virtual events, resources to access national data, opportunities for collaboration and publication.

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The Framework©

Through a collaborative, authentic process, members of CPED developed a Framework for EdD program design that supports creating quality, rigorous practitioner preparation while honoring the local context of each member institution. The three-part Framework for EdD redesign includes a new definition of EdD, a set of guiding principles for program development, and a set of design concepts that serve as program building blocks. CPED members are often at different phases in the process; as they engage in the consortium, they utilize the Framework© to design/redesign, evaluate, and improve their programs.

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