Northeastern Named Program of the Year

Excellence of Education Doctorate Recognized

CPED Program of the Year Award 2022 graphic

The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, the national organization devoted to studying and strengthening the doctorate in Education (EdD), has selected Northeastern’s Doctor of Education degree as its “program of the year” for 2022-2023. The Graduate School of Education faculty, led by Assistant Dean Dr. Sara Ewell, innovatively redesigned the EdD using experiential learning to drive equity focused change work.

In naming the Northeastern EdD, the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate said: “The EdD in the Graduate School of Education at Northeastern University is driven by its mission to cultivate scholar-practitioners through lifelong experiential learning, contributing to the transformation of communities toward just and equitable societies. Following a year-long collaborative redesign process, in 2018 Northeastern welcomed its first group of students into the redesigned Dissertation in Practice Curriculum. Action Research was adopted as the sole methodology for the Dissertation in Practice for the program to integrate experiential learning – its signature pedagogy – more fully throughout the curriculum, engage scholar-practitioners in change leadership situated within their local contexts, and to emphasize social justice change work in ways that improve the human condition. Students in the Northeastern EdD are part of a large-scale networked community to create change across the globe.”

GSE faculty montage with Sara Ewell, Cherese Childrers-Mckee, William Ewell, Joan Giblin, Joe McNabb, Kim Nolan, and Melissa Parenti
Graduate School of Education faculty (Top: Sara Ewell, Cherese Childers-McKee, William Ewell, Joan Giblin. Bottom: Joe McNabb, Kim Nolan, Melissa Parenti)

This year, the Carnegie Project selected two programs of the year, also recognizing Baylor University.

The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate includes over 100 colleges and schools of education, which have committed resources to work together to undertake a critical examination of the doctorate in education (EdD) through dialog, experimentation, critical feedback and evaluation.