How to Join CPED

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2022 Call for New Institutional Members is closed now!

Benefits of Membership 

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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 advances 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

 Professional Community: 


The number one benefit of CPED membership is access to supportive and resourceful colleagues from 125+ 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.



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 CIGS (CPED Improvement Group).  *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 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 member 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 AwardThrough evaluation by a committee of peers, each award honors outstanding work and recognizes the impact of CPED on improving professional preparation. 

Membership Requirements

CPED membership requirements are outlined below. Upon admission, new members sign a  Commitment to Engage and Change.  Please review this Commitment to be sure your institution is willing and able to engage in this manner.  Note: membership is by institution, not by program. All EdD programs at the institution are considered members if admitted. 

INSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must be: a) a not-for-profit institution, b) accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency and in good standing or for non-U.S. institutions, an equivalent evaluative body will be accepted.  

Institutions must also demonstrate that they have necessary resources, including:

  1. Leadership: A Dean, chair, and faculty leader prepared to support and lead the EdD program.
  2. Personnel:  Faculty and staff resources matched to program enrollment targets and EdD program demands.  
  3. Authority: Faculty governance that allows for and fully supports program changes.
  4. Budget: Adequate funding for:
    1. Annual CPED dues for minimum three years.
    2. Faculty and student participation in annual CPED convenings.
    3. Program (re)design and implementation
    4. Supports to facilitate program developments (e.g., release time, graduate assistant).  
  5. Facilities: Adequate space and technology needed to redesign the program.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:  Program must be housed within a school, college, or department of education and be committed to the CPED Framework.

  • All programs must demonstrate strong Dean, Chair backing as well as sufficient faculty to deliver a quality EdD program. 
  • First time EdD programs must demonstrate necessary approvals for granting doctoral degrees (institutional and state, if necessary) and provide clear information on design, implementation, and enrollment timelines in their application.  

Active Participation:  Member programs are expected to actively engage in the CPED consortium by: 

  • Sending at least two prepared individuals to annual convenings.
  • Routinely sharing ideas, information and plans with colleagues, Chairs and Deans.
  • Engaging in continues program improvement and exchanges with CPED colleagues.
  • Sharing updated program information and data with CPED.

MEMBERSHIP FEE: An annual fee will be charged to each member institution upon acceptance and every year thereafter. The current annual membership fee is $2,500 USD. 

APPLICATION FEE: $300 USD (non-refundable)

Application Requirements 

The CPED consortium looks forward to adding institutions committed to its Framework. Interested institutions should submit an application that includes: 

  • A completed application
  • Supporting materials as needed
  • Letters of support
  • Application fee
  • Applicants may be asked to participate in a 30-minute phone or video interview with the Executive Director, Board Member, or CPED Member Committee representative.

General inquiries should be sent to [email protected].

Important 2022 Dates & Information

May 2nd: Application materials are due
May 3rd- June 10th: Committee Review & Potential phone/video interviews with faculty & Dean
Week of June 20th: Decisions announced
July 1st: Annual Membership Begins
Oct 12-14th: Convening (all new members required to attend)

TO APPLY: Please submit APPLICATION and supplemental materials (no more than 10 pages, with clear headings and page numbers, submitted as a single PDF). Please refer to the CPED Principles Rubric Prototype when completing the application.  

Facilitation Services

We offer in-person facilitation services to both members and non-members. With this service, CPED facilitators will work on-site with faculty and administrators to support program design/redesign. Each visit will be individualized - focusing on the particular needs of the school or college of education.

Service Domain A: Non-Members
Introduction to the CPED Framework©, CPED Membership, and EdD Program Design

Facilitators will meet with local faculty and administrators to:

  • Introduce them to the CPED Framework© and membership with the consortium
  • Evaluate their program’s past and vision for the future, including assessment of goals, actions, and support
  • Investigate of expected outcomes and performance measures
  • Investigate of resources, commitment, and ability to participate in membership (note: membership is not guaranteed as a result of this visit)
  • Strategies for program design

Deliverables: A written report detailing a summary of facilitated discussion and recommendations for program-ready applications.

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