Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED)

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The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) is a national effort aimed at strengthening the education doctorate, Ed.D.

The intent of the project is to redesign the Ed.D. to make it a stronger and more relevant degree for the advanced preparation of school practitioners and clinical faculty, academic leaders, and professional staff for the nation’s schools and colleges and the learning organizations that support them. Since 2007, CPED has engaged a consortium of 25 colleges and universities to undertake a critical examination of the Ed.D.

Learn more about the phases of this work on the Project Updates page.

CPED Participating Institutions

Most of the participating education schools offer both the Ph.D. in education and the Ed.D. or doctorate of education. The blurring of the distinctions between these two degrees over the past half-century invites examination of their purpose and content. The intent of this effort is to focus on the doctorate of professional practice and to draw on recent work of the Foundation that carefully and critically examined the Ph.D. in seven fields of study (including education). Outreach to academics in other fields (psychology, audiology, urban planning, design, pharmacology, engineering, and physical therapy) who are engaged in a similar exploration will occur, but this initiative is intended to help participating education schools better distinguish between the two highest degrees offered with the intent of strengthening both. 

Or for more comprehensive information about CPED, including its activities and resources, please visit the CPED site.