Themed Section of Impacting Education Focused on CPED’s Principle

Jill A Perry, Debby Zambo


This themed section of Impacting Education (IE) focuses on the use of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate’s (CPED) Guiding Principles for EdD program design. Authors in this section are CPED Writing Fellows who have been selected because of their experience around engaging the Principles in their program design. To become a Fellow each author posed a manuscript around the theme, created a draft version, and came together at the June 2017 convening to align their work with others, provide constructive feedback, and form support groups to ensure manuscript completion and acceptance. The following articles in this section are the result of this year-long process.

Focusing on CPED’s Guiding Principles for Program Design offers readers of IE an understanding of the foundation of CPED’s Framework (to access these go to which over 100 schools of education have now used to redesign their EdD programs.  These Principles were created in a collaborative effort of member faculty (Perry, 2016; Perry, Zambo, & Wunder, 2015) to move the Consortium away from a prescriptive EdD program model, toward a more flexible framework that would make professional practice preparation in education as purposeful, fluid, and meaningful as possible The result of this work was not only the Guiding Principles for Program Design but also a movement that has made CPED the first action-oriented effort working to distinguish and define the EdD as a rigorous and relevant degree for professional practice (Perry, 2010, 2012; Perry & Imig, 2008). In this themed section, manuscripts written by Writing Fellows show the impact of the principles on their EdD programs.  To help readers get a grounding into the importance of this work, we provide background into the development of the principles.


CPED Principles

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