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Reclaiming the Education Doctorate

A Guidebook for (re)Designing EdD Programs

December 2023
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  • Publisher
    Myers Education Press
  • Published
    6th December
  • ISBN 9781975504915
  • Language English
  • Pages 175 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
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    Myers Education Press
  • ISBN 9781975504922
  • Language English
  • Pages 175 pp.
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Reclaiming the Education Doctorate: A Guidebook for (re)Designing EdD Programs is a practical guide for those seeking to (re)design a professional practice doctorate program in education that prepares Scholarly Practitioners. To tackle the comprehensive change process necessary for (re)designing the EdD, this book will guide the reader with an improvement lens that looks at the roots of the confusion of the EdD, the system that created it, and the framework that helped to reclaim it.

Readers will be guided through a backward mapping (re)design process that begins with defining graduate outcomes, maps through the milestones and courses, ends with rethinking the admissions process. Along the way, readers will learn how to design and integrate a dissertation in practice into the curriculum, consider best practices for their program (re)design, and view examples of successful programs. Additionally, to support readers in their (re)design efforts, each chapter will offer exercises, tools, and resources that will guide the process. The book will prove to be an invaluable resource for anyone developing or revising their EdD program.

After the opening chapter that explains the mission statement of Reclaiming the Education Doctorate, Jill Perry structures chapters to deal with the full range of issues that impact EdD programs, including:

  • Roots of the EdD Problem
  • Aim: The Professional Practice Doctorate Driving Change
  • Backward mapping: beginning with the end
  • The heart of the program: Curriculum
  • The beginning: Admitting Candidates
  • Measuring Impact
  • Leading Change


Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Roots of the EdD Problem

Chapter 3. Aiming for The Professional Practice Doctorate

Chapter 4. Backward Mapping Starting with the End

Chapter 5. Dissertation in Practice: Final Exam or Leadership Agenda?

Chapter 6. The Heart of the Program: Curriculum

Chapter 7. Ensuring Student Success Beginning with Admissions

Chapter 8. Support Scholarly Practitioners through the Journey

Chapter 9. Has the Test of Change Worked?

Chapter 10. A Personal Journey

Appendix A. Student Learning Outcomes Demonstrated through EdD Program Curriculum

Appendix B. Use of CPED Design-concepts

Appendix C. CPED Principles as an Evaluative Tool

About the Author


NOTE: Table of Contents subject to change up until publication date. 

Jill Alexa Perry

Dr. Jill Alexa Perry is the Executive Director of the Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate (CPED) and an Associate Professor of Practice in the Educational Foundations, Organizations and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on professional doctorate preparation in education, organizational change in higher education, and faculty leadership roles. Currently she is researching the ways EdD programs teach practitioners to utilize research evidence. She teaches and coaches how to teach Improvement Science in EdD programs. Her books include The Improvement Science Dissertation in Practice, The EdD and the Scholarly Practitioner, and In Their Own Words: A Journey to the Stewardship of the Practice in Education.

Dr. Perry is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she received her PhD in International Education Policy. She holds an MA in Higher Education Administration and a BA in Spanish and International Studies from Boston College. She has over 25 years of experience in leadership and program development in education and teaching experience at the elementary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels in the US and abroad. She is a Fulbright Scholar (Germany) and a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Paraguay).

Education Doctorate; Program design; CPED; CPED Framework; Dissertation-in-practice; Backward mapping; educational leadership; Scholarly Practitioner; applied research; faculty development