University of Portland School of Education EdD Program Earns National Carnegie CPED Designation and Research Partnership (NNERPP) Affiliations


April 19, 2017

The University of Portland’s School of Education Doctor of Education in Leading and Learning (EdD) has earned two national honors for its innovative programming and research partnerships, including a Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) designation and a national Research Partnership affiliation.

The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate recently announced the selection of the School of Education’s EdD program into its consortium. The University of Portland (UP) joins top schools of education engaged in the redesign of professional practice doctoral preparation in education for the improvement of Pk-20 education and leadership practice. New member institutions were chosen through a competitive application process and evaluated by a committee composed of faculty members of current CPED institutions.

Earlier this year, UP’s School of Education was inducted into the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships (NNERPP). The organization promotes the work of twelve nationally recognized university programs that work in partnership with P-12 schools and school districts. The School of Education’s innovative Multnomah County Partnership for Education Research ( partners with the six school districts of Multnomah County and Northwest Evaluation Association to engage doctoral candidates in applied research and program evaluation services to support educational improvement and innovation. NNERPP supports the UP partnership through dissemination of its model programming and publications.

The nationally accredited School of Education’s EdD in Learning and Leading Program combines innovative coursework and faculty expertise with applied research and best practices to prepare the next generation of leaders. The School’s graduate programs prepare teachers and administrators for public and private schools through curriculum experiences designed to develop expertise in early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school education, various academic disciplines, and special endorsements in educational administration, English as a second language, special education, and reading.

“This national recognition is an endorsement of the quality and excellence of our doctoral program and our alumni,” said Dr. John Watzke, Dean and Professor, School of Education. “The EdD program is designed to develop teachers and educational leaders who are able to integrate research and theory and provide leadership for the field. These new partnerships will further provide additional opportunities for our doctoral candidates to work in applied research, program evaluation, and educational innovations.”

About the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED)

The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) is a consortium of graduate schools of education, that have committed resources to work together to undertake a critical examination of the doctorate in education (EdD) through dialog, experimentation, critical feedback, and evaluation.  The vision of the CPED is to inspire all schools of education to apply the CPED Framework to the preparation of educational leaders to become well-equipped scholarly practitioners who provide stewardship of the profession and meet the educational challenges of the 21st century.  To accomplish this, CPED seeks to strengthen, improve, support and promote the CPED framework through continued collaboration and investigation. Learn more at

About the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships (NNERPP)

Research-practice partnerships, long-term mutually beneficial formalized collaborations between education researchers and practitioners, are a promising strategy for producing more relevant research, improving the use of research evidence in decision making, and engaging both researchers and practitioners to tackle problems of practice. Although promising, research-practice partnerships are challenging to create and difficult to maintain. NNERPP aims to develop, support, and connect partnerships in order to improve their productivity. Learn more at

About the University of Portland School of Education

Guided by the University of Portland’s commitment to be a premier comprehensive Catholic university, the School of Education partners with over 100 schools and 18 school systems, sharing the belief that education is a matter of justice, and that gaps in achievement and social opportunity can be addressed by skilled educators formed by mission. The nationally accredited School of Education offers several undergraduate and graduate programs, including EdD, MEd, MA, MAT, MAT HESA, Post Master's Certificates and Post Baccalaureate Certificates.


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