Our Vision and Mission

The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) includes over 130 colleges and schools of education, which have committed resources to work together to undertake a critical examination of the doctorate in education (EdD) through dialog, experimentation, critical feedback and evaluation.


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.


DIVERSITY: We value every learner and the different perspectives, skills, histories, and voices of members of diverse communities.

LEARNING: We value continuous improvement, growth, practical application of knowledge, and inquiry.

PARTNERSHIP: We value solving authentic and critical problems of practice in partnership with others.

PEOPLE: We value the professional expertise and lived experiences of every educational professional.

SOCIAL JUSTICE: We value ethical, just, and inclusive practices. 

STUDENTS FIRST: We value the success of every student.

The CPED Framework

Through a collaborative, authentic process, members of CPED developed a Framework for EdD program design/redesign that supports creating quality, rigorous practitioner preparation while honoring the local context of each member institution. The CPED Framework consists of three components—a new definition of the EdD, a set of guiding principles for program development and a set of design-concepts that serve as program building blocks. Learn more about the CPED Framework here.