Universities converge on Vanderbilt campus to discuss strengthening education degrees

Representatives from over 25 universities are convening on the Vanderbilt campus October 24-27 to discuss strategies to improve education professionals’ training.

“Vanderbilt’s Peabody College is honored to serve as the host institution as the nation’s colleges and universities strive to bring added rigor and relevance to the preparation of education professionals,” James Guthrie, professor of public policy and education, chair of the Leadership, Policy, and Organizations department and director of the Peabody Center for Education Policy, said.

The event is part of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, a three-year effort to improve the quality of the education doctorate in the United States sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council of Academic Deans in Research Education Institutions.

Peabody’s Ed.D. program, ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News and World Report and designed for mid-career professionals, is a national model for the degree. The 36-month, weekend-based curriculum offers doctorates in Higher Education Leadership and Policy or Educational Leadership and Policy. The program is highly structured and includes a yearlong capstone project designed to integrate theories and tools learned in the program in a way that mirrors challenges and issues the students will face in education leadership roles.

The Carnegie Project is holding its conference at Peabody this week so that other universities can learn from this model and discuss how its components and those of other successful programs can be applied elsewhere.

For more information about Peabody, visit http://peabody.vanderbilt.edu. For more Vanderbilt news, visit VUCast, www.vanderbilt.edu/news.

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