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The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) has accepted the University of New Mexico’s Department of Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy in the College of Education, as a new member of the CPED consortium.

CPED is a consortium of colleges and schools of education that 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. Its mission is to improve the efficacy and reliability of the professional doctorate in education for the advanced preparation of school practitioners and clinical faculty, academic leaders and professional staff for the nation’s schools, colleges and the learning organizations that support them.

“This is exciting news for us in the College of Education,” said Cheryl Torrez, chair, Department of Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy. “CPED is a global initiative, developing an innovative knowledge forum of rigorous, applied research relative to impactfully improving P-20 educational opportunities. This will allow UNM to participate in the national discourse.”

UNM will join more than 80 current colleges and universities in the important work of redesigning professional practice preparation in education. “Our acceptance will allow us to participate in the national discourse, while keeping in mind the needs of students in New Mexico,” Torrez said. “One of the key features is the focus on research, by the doctoral students, that address "problems of practice" including current, persistent, real life issues in education in New Mexico that result in meaningful solutions.”

The goal of the Consortium is to transform the Ed.D., referred to as a Professional Practice Doctorate within the Consortium, into the degree of choice for preparing the next generation of practitioner experts, and school (K-12) and college leaders in education, especially those who will generate new knowledge and scholarship about educational practice (or related policies) with the responsibility of stewarding the education profession.

UNM’s participation in the project will be for a minimum of three years. During that time, faculty will focus on rethinking and reinvigorating Ed.D. program at UNM with the development of all facets including curriculum, assessment and recruitment. In the first year, UNM will participate in two national planning meetings this June and October.

“The process of redesign takes a significant amount of time,” Torrez said. “We will learn from the experts over the past decade and bring that research to bear in the educational doctorate. By having an educational doctorate developed upon best practices, we will best serve New Mexico students in the long run. We will work closely to redesign our program while being able to do it alongside national experts. We’re really excited about it. We need UNM to be on the national stage. This will be very powerful for us.”