Doctoral Research Conference


Leadership and Innovation EdD

The EdD in leadership and innovation is designed for practicing educator-leaders who work in a range of settings and want to transform their practice and create better learning opportunities for students of all ages. Students in the program begin as accomplished teachers, teacher leaders, principals, superintendents, higher education professionals or leaders in other educational contexts. Through course work, and cycles of action research, students deepen their abilities to lead change and implement innovation in their local educational organizations.

Doctoral Research Conference

The Doctoral Research Conference is a forum for students in the EdD Program in Leadership & Innovation to share and receive feedback on their ongoing doctoral research with members of their respective cohorts, as well as members of other cohorts and Teachers College faculty.  All students in the program engage in repeated cycles of action research throughout the program; these cycles culminate in an action research dissertation in practice. The Conference represents an academic forum for doctoral students to disseminate their ongoing research.

EdD Programs

Doctoral studies, in general, aim to create scholarly leaders in academia or other professional domains. This involves higher-level graduate studies focused on learning about theory, conducting systemic inquiry, interpreting and disseminating research, leading change, engaging in broader discourse, and innovating to create new knowledge and structures. Higher education at its core is concerned with knowledge construction and advancement, and this is vital for doctoral studies, which focus development of new ideas, knowledge and initiatives in their fields.

The Education Doctoral Degree, or Ed.D., places more focus on applying research and gaining foundational knowledge to promote the ability to lead change and manage or resolve real-world organizational, leadership and education issues. Ed.D. programs prepare students for a range of different types of setting in which educational work can take place, including: academic, administrative, clinical, professional or research positions in K-12 and higher education, civil service, private organizations or public institutions. Rather than focusing on examining broad questions to understand a phenomenon or studying areas separate from a researcher’s personal-professional context to (as with a Ph.D. program), Ed.D. research focuses on developing innovations, through existing and new contextual research, to inform decisions and improve practice around issues of real-world educational practice.


The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (or CPED) is a professional organization and core knowledge forum about the Education Doctorate. CPED has a membership of over 100 schools of education in the US, Canada, and New Zealand working collaboratively to improve professional preparation in education at the highest level, and the ASU EdD program was one of the original members of CPED and remains active in membership.

The Mission of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) is to strengthen, improve, support and promote the CPED framework through continued collaboration and investigation. The Vision of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (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. The ASU EdD program adheres to several core aspects of CPEDs Guiding Design Principles for EdD programs. You can learn more about these guiding principles here: