USI’s EdD Program admitted to Carnegie consortium on analyzing doctorate in education


The University of Southern Indiana Teacher Education Department’s Doctor of Education (EdD) Program has been chosen as one of nine new members of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED). USI will join 105 current institution members in the important work of redesigning professional practice preparation in education for the improvement of PK-20 education and the organizations that support it.

“This is a very prestigious honor to be accepted as a member of the CPED project,” said Dr. Tori Colson, USI assistant professor of teacher education. “The Teacher Education Department is very excited to utilize the CPED Framework to design, evaluate, and improve the Doctor of Education degree program.”

CPED is the knowledge forum on the EdD with a membership of over 100 colleges and schools of education, which have committed resources to work together to undertake a critical examination of the doctorate in education through dialog, experimentation, critical feedback and evaluation. New members were chosen through a rigorous application process and evaluated by a membership committee composed of leaders of current CPED institution members.

“A major benefit of being a CPED member is access to a supportive and resourceful community of colleagues from schools of education in three countries that is dedicated to transformative work,” said Colson.

“We’re very excited to welcome these new institution members to CPED’s growing consortium and to see the contributions they will make in transforming the EdD to meet the educational needs of the 21st century,” said Dr. Jill A. Perry, CPED executive director.

USI launched its EdD Program in fall 2018 in response to requests from area education professionals for an education doctoral program. The program is geared toward working adults, with classes being offered in eight-week terms during the evening and through online delivery. Students choose between concentrations in administrative leadership or pedagogical leadership and complete a total of 45 hours of coursework and field experience. The program culminates with a dissertation, which may be completed individually or as part of a small team.

For more information about the EdD Program, contact Dr. Bonnie Beach, USI associate dean of Teacher Education, at


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