Benefits of Membership


CPED represents a unique approach to doctoral program learning through continuous improvement and interaction with colleagues across a broad network of schools of education. CPED faculty meet virtually and at annual Convenings for collaborative learning and dialogue to advance innovative and effective EdD programming. Professional development opportunities, coupled with a rich website and member-driven activities, support member institutions to develop and promote their programs. 

“Involvement in CPED afforded us the opportunity to participate in a national conversation about our EdD program. Our EdD program has been completely redesigned to embrace the CPED guiding principles. The program is now designed to improve students' leadership practice, influence the practice of others, and impact the organization's outcomes. Further, the program emphasizes research and theory to inform practice, decision-making, and solutions that result in better organizational and professional outcomes.”  - Grant Hayes, Dean, University of Central Florida

Professional Community 

Members talking at a convening tableThe number one benefit of CPED membership is access to supportive and resourceful colleagues from 135+ schools of education dedicated to transformative work.  CPED members can access a website, which offers a deep library of a) program design and development resources showcasing curricula, signature pedagogies, advising/mentoring strategies, approaches to writing support, evolving models of dissertations-in-practice, as well as program assessment tools, b) publications and white papers on EdD programming, and c) a materials and video archive from monthly special topic webinars and annual convening sessions.    

“The opportunity to network nationally with like-minded colleagues committed to the Ed.D. and its benefits ensures greater accountability and rigor for our work and a sounding board to contribute and receive wisdom from countless fellow educators and their students. Regardless of the status of your program, you will find welcoming professionals whose goal is to ensure that the Ed.D. degree is a beacon for leadership among practitioners.” Elizabeth Orozco Reilly, Dean, California State University - Channel Islands 


Convening groupAnnual convenings are a signature CPED activity. Convenings include pre-convening workshops, full consortium sessions, guest speaker sessions, as well as Learning Exchanges and CPED Improvement Group (CIGS).  Each convening has a specific learning theme that members prepare for; they arrive ready to share ideas, give feedback, and collaboratively formulate action steps for the improvement of their programs. Convenings are vital to quality EdD program development and the success of CPED as an organization. CPED members are expected to actively engage in Convenings.    

Publishing Opportunities 

CPED’s Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice, is an open-source, peer-reviewed journal that assists members in producing and disseminating user knowledge for EdD program design and effective student learning experiences.    


The consortium annually recognizes members and their students with three awards: Program of the Year AwardDissertation in Practice of the Year Award, and the David G. Imig Distinguished Service Award. Through an evaluation by a committee of peers, each award honors outstanding work and recognizes the impact of CPED on improving professional preparation. 

Facilitation Services

CPED also offers Facilitation Services for EdD Program Design to members and non-members. With this service, CPED facilitators will work on-site with faculty and administrators to support Doctor of Education (EdD) program design or redesign.