When the GRU College of Education launched its Educational Doctorate in Educational Innovation, international acclaim was not the first goal on the list of program objectives. But in July, to acclaim, members of the college’s leadership presented a session on redefining the education doctorate at the UK Council for Graduate Education’s Annual Conference 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Dr. Cindi Chance, recently retired dean of the college, and Dr. Wayne Lord, associate dean, represented Georgia Regents University and presented in conjunction with Dr. Jon Engelhardt from Baylor University and Dr. Tracy Elder from the University of Georgia. The presentation shared how three distinctly different universities were applying the work of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) to their respective programs.
CPED is an action-oriented initiative to institute a clear distinction between the professional practice doctorate in education and the education research doctorate. Only 87 institutions across the globe – including the GRU College of Education – were accepted to the prestigious Carnegie program.
The three universities each presented different perspectives on how to implement the Carnegie principles in a doctoral program.
“Post-grad programs are engaged in conversations in the U.K. about doctoral study and challenges of their tradition and what innovative practices are being tried in universities,” Lord said. “So they are looking to successful programs for ideas and guidance.”
One important aspect of a successful doctoral program in education is applicability of student research, Lord said. Sometimes doctoral students focus on how their study can impact their work in a university setting – rather than leading to possible solutions to real-world challenges.
“Our Ed.D. in Educational Innovation prepares educators to respond to persistent problems of practice. By emphasizing research capabilities ‘in context,’ Ed.D. students can advocate for innovations.”
More than 120 international leaders in the field of education attended the conference.
“The conference attendees expressed a lot of interest in the work we’re doing and commented that it should have been a keynote presentation. So we’re excited about representing the kind of work GRU and the College of Education are doing to innovate and discover new ways to have a positive impact,” Lord said.
Visit gru.edu/coe/edd to learn more about the Educational Doctorate in Educational Innovation at Georgia Regents University.