CPED Call for New Members

Membership applications are open!
CPED consists of colleges and schools of education that have applied and been invited to join the initiative based on:
  • A connection of the pilot or experimental program to other on-going efforts of the school or college
  • A demonstrated commitment to CPED's agenda
  • Current college or school reform EdD efforts
  • A potential for showcasing efforts to others
  • The administrative support and other resources for documentation, engagement and cooperation

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Requirements of Membership

Member talking at convening

CPED member requirements and responsibilities will be as follows: 

Institutional Requirements:  An institution must be a not-for-profit institution, which is currently accredited by a US regional accrediting agency and not listed as on sanction. For non-US institutions, an equivalent evaluative body will be considered.

Program Support: Institutions demonstrate that they have the necessary resources to pursue the program implementation guided by the CPED Framework:

Program Change Requirements:  Institutions will be currently operating (or have approval for) an EdD program housed within a school, college, or department of education (SCDE).  If the program is not in operation, the applying institution must have the necessary approvals (state and institutional) to implement a professional doctoral program and a timeline for design, implementation and enrollment of students.  A currently operating or newly approved program must have at least two full-time faculty dedicated to the program and strong support from the Dean.

  1. Leadership: Dean, chair and faculty leader supports and leads the redesign.
  2. Authority: Faculty governance allows for, and fully supports, changes to be made.
  3. Budget: Adequate funding for the implementation of the redesigned program, as well as support for participation in CPED meetings and membership.
  4. PersonnelA primary faculty contact (known as a Delegate) will be appointed to represent the program and communicate between the institution and CPED. Along with appropriate staff, graduate student support for the Delegate and program, and at least two faculty members dedicated to the redesign process.
  5. Facilities: Adequate space and technology needed to redesign the program.

Length of Commitment:  All institutions are expected to make an initial commitment to CPED membership for a minimum of three (3) years. All new members will be expected to sign a Commitment of Engagement and Change.

Active Participation:  All member programs are expected to remain actively engaged with the CPED consortium. Institutions are expected to send at least one individual to each convening, and demonstrate additional support as deemed appropriate to allow the primary faculty contact and affiliated faculty to facilitate programmatic change (e.g., release time, graduate assistant, etc.).  Institutional participants are expected to update their information page on the CPED website, complete pre-work for annual convenings, provide data to CPED annually, attend CPED meetings at other professional conferences when possible, e.g., AERA, UCEA, AACTE, and actively participate in the work of the consortium such as presentations and committees and contribute to the discussion, design, and improvement of the CPED Framework. 

Membership Fee: An annual fee will be charged to each member institution upon acceptance. The current annual membership fee is $2,500.00.

Application Requirements

The CPED consortium looks forward to adding new doctoral-granting institutions committed to its guiding principles and design concepts. Interested institutions should submit an application packet that includes:

• Application form containing the information below
• Supporting materials (indicated below)
• Letters of support
• Application fee of $300.00
• In addition, interested applicants will be asked to participate in a 30-minute phone or video interview with the Executive Director, Board Member or CPED committee member.

Note: Membership is by institution, not by program. All EdD programs at the institution will be considered members if admitted.

General inquiries should be sent to [email protected].

Important Dates & Information

May 30, 2020:           Application form and materials are due
June 1-20, 2020:       Phone/video interviews with faculty & Dean
June 30, 2020:          Decisions announced
July 1, 2020:             Annual Membership Begins
Oct 14—16, 2020:    CPED Convening @ Northeastern University, Boston
                                 (all new members required to attend)

All application materials (10-15 pages total) should be submitted as a combined .pdf submitted on line. The following information should be addressed in the form narrative:

Institution Information 

  1. Name of institution
  2. Institution type: Public vs. Private
  3. Name of Accreditation Agency
  4. Is the institution in good standing with its accrediting body? Y/N
  5. Institution’s Carnegie Classification (where applicable)
  6. Other Classifications where applicable (eg. HBCU, HSI, AAPI, etc.)
  7. Location type: Urban, Suburban, Rural
  8. Name and all contact information of school/college dean
  9. Name and all contact information of the CPED Delegate who will serve as the CPED liaison
  10. EdD program website
  11. School of Education logo (upload)

EdD Program Information

  1. Is your EdD program school-wide or departmental?
  2. Program focus area(s)
  3. Is this an existing EdD or new EdD?
  4. Name of Program(s)
  5. Program website(s)

For Existing EdD programs (if your program has not yet begun, move to next section below):

  1. When did your program(s) begin?
  2. When did you decide to redesign/improve the program?
  3. What is/are the goals for your EdD programs(s)?
  4. How do your goals relate to the CPED Framework?
  5. In what department is/are your EdD program(s) housed?
  6. How many students do you enroll in the program annually? How many graduate on time?
  7. How many full-time faculty dedicated to your program redesign/improvement?
  8. The percentage of faculty teaching EdD courses
  9.  Describe what your program faculty believe to be the value/purpose of the EdD?
  10. Attach a brief program description including number of credits/courses, overview of course offerings, degree requirements including milestones and time to degree.

For newly designed EdD Programs (move to next section if your program has begun and you have completed the previous section):

  1. Has the program been formally approved by your institution and state approval processes (if necessary)? When?
  2. When will your program(s) begin enrolling students?
  3. What will be the goals for your EdD programs(s)?
  4. How do your program goals relate to the goals of CPED/CPED Framework?
  5. In what department will your EdD program(s) be housed?
  6. How many full-time faculty are dedicated to your program design and implementation?
  7. The percentage of faculty that will teach EdD courses
  8. Explain what the core program faculty believe to be the value/purpose of the EdD.
  9. Attach a program description including number of credits/courses, overview of course offerings, degree requirements including milestones.

EdD Program Design Actions 

  1. What actions have been, or will be, taken to redesign/improve your current EdD or design a new EdD?
  2. What is the timeline for each step of the (re)design/improvement process?
  3. What are the most important changes your program(s) have undergone/will undergo?
  4. What are the major challenges/problems you are facing implementing or (re)designing/improving your EdD?
  5. What impact do you anticipate your program will have on your institution, students/gradates, and community?
  6. How will/do you evaluate the effectiveness of your program to prepare scholarly practitioners?
  7. What continuous improvement plans are in place for regularly improving the EdD program?
  8. How will CPED help support you in the above?

Commitment & Support 

Please review the Commitment to Engage and Change and be sure your institution is willing and able to engage in this manner.

  1. Is your institution willing to commit to three years of CPED membership?
  2. Does your institution’s budget have adequate funding for:
    1. Annual CPED dues for minimum three years.
    2. Support for at least one or two faculty participation in CPED in annual convening.
  3. How is your institution prepared to support the CPED Delegate and other faculty in implementing programmatic design changes?
  4. How will CPED learning be shared across all faculty members to shift mindsets about the EdD as a scholarly practitioner degree?
  5. How will students be supported in this new program?
  6. List the types of support your institution will provide to the CPED effort at your institution (e.g., travel funds for individuals to attend annual convenings, graduate assistant and/or release time for the primary faculty member, and/or additional supports that will allow the CPED Delegate and others working on the EdD to participate in CPED on behalf of your institution).
  7. Are your institution and all EdD programs willing to
    1. gather data annually and share with CPED headquarters?
    2. Share knowledge and learning about your programs at CPED convenings?
    3. Engage in online discussions and forums?
    4. Attend annual convening?
  8. Please attach letters of support* from each of the following key stakeholders indicating the below information:
    • Dean of the College or School of Education;
    • Dean of the Graduate School or Chief Academic Officer;
    • Head of the department in which the program is/will be housed;
    • Faculty member who will be directly involved/teach in the EdD program.

*Combined, these letters should demonstrate that members of the institution:

    • understand and are ready to commit to engage in the CPED change process
    • have financial support for annual dues and travel; and
    • are willing to join the consortium for a minimum of three years.


As part of the application process, your institution (Dean and faculty member) may be asked to participate in a 30-minute video or phone interview with the CPED Executive Director, CPED Board member or CPED committee member. These will be arranged starting in June 2020.


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