Program Standards

Georgia State University Frameworks

This degree program was developed under the following:

  1. Georgia State University Strategic Plan
  2. The College of Education and Human Development Strategic Plan
  3. International Society for Technology in Education
  4. College of Education and Human Development Conceptual Framework

The Georgia State University Professional Education Faculty (PEF) represents a joint enterprise within an urban research university between the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education, working in collaboration with P-16 faculty from diverse metropolitan schools.  Grounded in these collaborations, our mission is to prepare educators (i.e., teachers and other professional school personnel) who are:  informed by research, knowledge, and reflective practice; empowered to serve as change agents; committed to and respectful of all learners; and engaged with learners, their families, schools, and local and global communities.

Alignment with National Standards

This program reflects nationally accepted trends in the discipline.  The Ed.D. in C&I philosophy, program of study, student outcomes, and key assessments are designed in concert with the principles of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate and the Carnegie Foundation.  A wealth of information about the development of this initiative, as well as affiliated research studies and detailed information on university members may be found via CPED Initiative.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recently published two edited volumes which address these needs: The Formation of Scholars (Golde & Walker, 2006) and Envisioning the Future of Doctoral Education (Walker, Golde, Jones, Bueshel & Hutchings, 2008).

Working Principles for the Professional Practice

Doctorate in Education, Developed by The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate

The members of CPED, believe, “The professional doctorate in education prepares educators for the application of appropriate and specific practices, the generation of new knowledge, and for the stewardship of the profession.”  With this understanding, we have identified the following statements that will focus a research and development agendas to test, refine, and validate principles for the professional doctorate in education.

The Professional Doctorate in Education:

  1. Is framed around questions of equity, ethics, and social justice to bring about solutions to complex problems of practice.
  2. Prepares leaders who can construct and apply knowledge to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations, and communities.
  3. Provides opportunities for candidates to develop and demonstrate collaboration and communication skills to work with diverse communities and to build partnerships.
  4. Provides field-based opportunities to analyze problems of practice and use multiple frames to develop meaningful solutions.
  5. Is grounded in and develops a professional knowledge base that integrates both practical and research knowledge, that links theory with systemic and systematic inquiry.
  6. Emphasizes the generation, transformation, and use of professional knowledge and practice.