Virginia Tech's School of Education in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences has been selected as one of 20 research universities to participate in the Carnegie Initiative on the Professional Practice Doctorate. Working with the Council of Academic Deans in Education Research Institutions, the overarching goal is to strengthen doctoral education for practitioners through the transformation of the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) degree.

Based on a five-year study of doctoral programs in the professions, the principles that will guide the endeavor requires each participating institution to develop and integrate new assessments, core curricula, signature pedagogies, laboratories of practice, and capstone experiences. All participating institutions will share data collected from across the sites to create a national model for a professional practice doctorate.

“We are excited to have been selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to be a part of this process,” said Sue Magliaro, director of the School of Education. “Given the attention that doctoral education, particularly the preparation of professional practitioners, is receiving from the regional accrediting associations and others, this is a timely effort.”

Carnegie will also engage the National Academy of Education and the American Education Research Association

Virginia Tech’s School of Education is dedicated to enriching the lives of PK-12 children and youth, families, and communities through inquiry, leadership, and advocacy. This mission, which clearly dovetails with the university’s motto: Ut Prosim (That I may serve), is fulfilled with the preparation of educational professionals, applied research, and high impact outreach. Participation in Carnegie Initiative positions the School of Education again in the national spotlight with its peers. This past fall, Virginia Tech's graduate program in education was listed in U.S. News as having one of the best e-learning programs in the country with regard to class size, technical help, and cost per credit hour.

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