With a consensus among education leaders that Ed.D. programs come up short preparing practitioners such as principals and superintendents for today’s education needs, a real push to create a more salient education doctorate program for the future has emerged.
The USC Rossier School of Education has been at the forefront of this process, according to Dean Karen Symms Gallagher, who initiated the development of a new Ed.D. program in 2001 and launched it in 2003.
Gallagher and other leading USC Rossier faculty shared key parts of the undertaking at the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, a three-day event held at USC Oct. 22-24 which included presentations and panel discussions on the components of the school’s program.
By all accounts, the USC Rossier gathering made a significant impression on participating university leaders.
“Dean Gallagher found the perfect blend of ‘top down, bottom up’ strategies to make this happen and the faculty and school leadership responded in remarkable ways,” said David Imig, director of the Carnegie Network and professor of the College of Education at the University of Maryland.
“The evidence of collegiality and collaboration was insistent, and the message going away from Los Angeles was that the Ed.D. initiative has been a great success.”
Evaluations by attendees of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching-sponsored event reflected similar reviews of the USC Rossier Ed.D. program.
Assistant professor Curt Adams of the University of Oklahoma called it “an effective framework for enhancing doctoral education.”
Anthony H. Normore, associate professor and doctoral program development director for the College of Education at California State University, Dominguez Hills, said “the opportunity to brainstorm and expand our Ed.D. knowledge base is most appreciated. It’s truly what we as educators need to build on.”