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School joins consortium that works to redesign Ed.D. programs

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Eric Houck, program coordinator for the Educational Leadership Ed.D. program.

The School of Education has joined the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, a consortium of schools that is working to transform the way that educational leaders are prepared for their careers.

Carolina’s School of Education was invited to join the consortium after a competitive application process.

“We’re very excited to welcome these new institution members to CPED’s growing consortium and to see the contributions they will make in transforming the EdD to meet the educational needs of the 21st century,” CPED executive director Jill A. Perry said in a news release.

CPED describes itself as a network that stimulates each institution’s work and provides space for sharing, learning and providing feedback in a national dialogue across faculty, students and administrators in Doctor of Education programs.

Eric Houck, program coordinator for the School’s Educational Leadership program, said: “Being a part of CPED will help support the Educational Leadership program as we transition into an equity-oriented, improvement-focused structure for our incoming students that leverages our deep and authentic relationships with districts across the state.”

Houck said faculty have been working to revise the Ed.D. program to provide students with a certain timeline, an intentional sequence of courses, and a dissertation based in research-oriented relationships with local educators around immediate problems of practice.

“CPED will help us develop our Ed.D. in leadership in such a way as to ensure that we continue to produce high impact educational leaders for schools and systems across the state,” Houck said.

The CPED framework

CPED, which has more than 100 members, has established a framework that can be applied by Ed.D. programs that is aimed at preparing educational leaders to become well-equipped practitioners who will provide stewardship of the profession and meet the educational challenges of the 21st century.

CPED hosts events at which members explore strategies aimed at meeting the needs of Ed.D. program participants and share experiences related to both technical and organizational issues that arise in the process of redesigning Ed.D. programs.

As a member of the consortium, the School of Education commits to sharing with CPED evidence of meeting milestones of progress as proposed in CPED’s framework and documentation of change efforts so that other members of the consortium can learn from the work.

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By Michael Hobbs