Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate (CPED)

Overview and California State University (CSU) CPED

The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) is a three-year effort sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council of Academic Deans in Research Education Institutions to strengthen the education doctorate. The participating colleges and universities have committed themselves to working together to undertake a critical examination of the doctorate in education with a particular focus on the highest degree that leads to careers in professional practice. The intent of the project is to redesign and transform doctoral education for the advanced preparation of school practitioners and clinical faculty, academic leaders and professional staff for the nation's schools and colleges and the organizations that support them.

The goal of CPED is to reclaim the education doctorate and to transform it into the degree of choice for the next generation of school and college leaders. The California State University (CSU) has been invited to establish a CSU CPED with the intent of applying the national CPED framework in analyzing its new education doctorate programs.

CSU Campuses will focus their analyses in the following areas:

  • The scholarship of teaching and learning
  • The identification of "signature pedagogies" well-suited to their programs
  • The elements of candidate and program assessment that are central within the education doctorate
  • The creation of "laboratories of practice" in which future practitioners experiment and undertake "best evidence analyses"
  • New "capstone" experiences in which future practitioners produce outstanding demonstrations of their proficiency

Forthcoming CSU CPED Convening on June 11-12, 2009

Previous CSU CPED Convening on October 20-21, 2008

Previous CSU CPED Convening on January 29-30, 2008

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Exploring the CPED Issues

The California State University (CSU) CPED is a partnership with the national Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate this link opens in a new window. This inter-institutional project is examining new approaches to the professional practice doctorate in education.

CSU campuses participating in its CPED are examining a number of fundamental issues including, for example, Ed.D. signature pedagogies and candidate assessment. These issues are discussed on the CSU CPED Community of Practice this link opens in a new window web site.