Cassie Barnhardt works at a computer with DaVida Anderson

Cassie Barnhardt, associate professor in Higher Education and Student Affairs (right), is one of many faculty who will be teaching in the new Ed.D. program offered in the Educational Policy and Leadership Studies Department.

September 23, 2019

The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) has invited the University of Iowa to join its consortium of 115 institutional members. The UI will work with other consortium members to redesign professional practice preparation for the improvement of PK-20 education and the organizations that support it.

The invitation came due to the creation of a new Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), part of the nationally-ranked Higher Education and Student Affairs and Educational Leadership programs in the UI College of Education's Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies

The Ed.D. has higher education and PK-12 administration concentrations. New students are currently being recruited into the Ed.D., with the first cohort officially starting in Fall 2020.

The Ed.D. is designed for educators seeking a terminal doctoral degree to practice upper-level leadership in PK-20 educational settings. Based on the scholar-practitioner model, the Ed.D. differs from the Ph.D. in that it allows for a more practical-based approach, grounded in problem-based learning pedagogy, to use and perform applied research in educational settings.

“We are proud to offer this new academic opportunity that will meet a growing market demand for working professionals,” says Steven Triplett, clinical instructor and program coordinator. “This is an opportunity to work with world-class graduate faculty and to learn with and from your cohort.”

The degree is tailored to meet the needs of full-time professionals by offering online, hybrid, condensed, and weekend courses. 

“Being a part of this consortium allows the UI to lead in the national conversation about how we prepare educational leaders to do more for our schools, universities, and communities,” says Cassie Barnhardt, associate professor in Higher Education and Student Affairs.

CPED institution members are a network that stimulate each institution's work and provide space for sharing, learning and providing feedback in a national dialogue across faculty, students and administrators in EdD programs.

New members are chosen through a rigorous application process and evaluated by a membership committee composed of leaders of current CPED members. Based on the application and support materials of each of these new institution members, CPED anticipates that adding these institutions to the consortium will add a value that will push CPED’s collective work even farther.

CPED hosts an annual convening that take place at one of its member institutions in October of each year. New institution members are invited to attend the upcoming CPED Convening to be held at University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC from October 21-23, 2019. The theme of this convening is Interaction & Activism in the Education Doctorate: Creating Lasting Impact,offering new institution members an opportunity to explore strategies to meet the needs of scholarly practitioners in CPED-influenced Ed.D. programs. Additionally, new members will meet current CPED members with experience related to both technical and adaptive organizational issues that arise in the process of redesigning Ed.D. programs.

The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) is the knowledge forum on the Ed.D. with a membership of more than 100 colleges and schools of education, which have committed resources to work together to undertake a critical examination of the doctorate in education (Ed.D.) through dialog, experimentation, critical feedback and evaluation. CPED’s vision is to transform the Ed.D. by inspiring all schools of education to apply the CPED Framework to the preparation of educational leaders by becoming well-equipped scholarly practitioners who provide stewardship of the profession and meet the educational challenges of the 21st century.

For more information on the UI College of Education's new Ed.D., contact Megan McVancel at 319-467-1478, at EPLS-EdD@uiowa.edu, or visit the Ed.D. webpage.