Rowan’s College of Education joins consortium for the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate

Rowan’s College of Education joins consortium for the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate


Rowan University’s College of Education was recently accepted as a new member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED).

Headquartered at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education, CPED is both a collaborative effort to promote excellence for the educational doctorate (Ed.D.) and a design-based research project. Rowan will join 21 other new institutions and 80 existing members committed to learning together and engaging in a process of innovation.

“CPED is prestigious and selective. Being accepted is a mark of distinction for Rowan University,” explains Associate Professor Monica Reid Kerrigan. “This greatly benefits our Ed.D. program because we will now have the opportunity to learn and grow through collaboration with the other CPED member institutions.  We are now part of a community focused on studying and improving practice, which will allow us to make our already strong program even stronger and more rigorous.”

Through involvement in CPED, Rowan’s faculty will work with consortium members as they together explore ways to continue to improve Ed.D. programs.

 “CPED is focused on innovation, improvement, and collaboration--always with a focus on rigorous improvement for practice,” says MaryBeth Walpole, professor and chair of Rowan’s Department of Educational Services and Leadership. “It connects us with other programs similarly focused on rigorous approaches to practice.”

Adds Kerrigan:  “We will be engaged in the effort to reclaim and distinguish the Ed.D. from the doctor of philosophy, emphasizing that the Ed.D. is more practically oriented, applied in nature, but no less rigorous than the Ph.D.”

Offered since 1997, the Doctor of Educational Leadership program was Rowan's first doctoral program. Students are educated to become reflective practitioners who not only understand and evaluate professional research and literature, but also learn how to translate research and theory into practice in order to transform educational institutions to meet society’s challenging needs. The program offers tracks in Higher Education, P-12, Nurse Educator and a Community College Leadership Initiative.  Depending on the track, the program is offered as a hybrid, online, or in a blended format.