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Education Doctorate in Transformational Teaching and Learning

KU's Education Doctorate in Transformational Teaching and Learning is designed to help educators transform education, one student, and one classroom at a time.    

Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate CPED Consortium Member since 2017



While traditional Ph.D. programs prepare graduate students for conducting research in a specialized area of educational practice, this doctorate is designed for the career educator - the individual who envisions their career as a lifelong practitioner-scholar in their classroom or educational setting, working with children and adults to improve lives. As a practitioner-scholar doctorate, it is intended to affect change from within schools, educational settings, and within the educator themselves-rather than from a top-down, administrative level. This doctorate will provide educators of all experiences and backgrounds with the tools to transform their classrooms and practices.  Kutztown University has recently been accepted for membership with the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED). 


The KU Education Doctorate (Ed. D.) in Transformational Teaching and Learning Program is designed to offer education to prepare educators who will ultimately transform their educational space to promote social change. Key elements of our program include:

  • Students as Learning Associates model where teaching and learning will be, by intention and design, a bidirectional process with faculty;
  • Emphasis on integrating theory and practice through job-embedded and "puzzles of practice" learning experiences;
  • Educational engagement focusing on contemporary educational challenges, often framed around questions of equity, ethics, and social justice to bring about solutions to complex issues related to education;
  • Action research dissertation in practice (DiP) emphasizing the generation, transformation, and use of professional knowledge and practice;
  • cohort-based, blended delivery format that fosters a strong support system, helping each member balance work, family life, and coursework


The program is a cohort-based, blended delivery model that merges in-person and online instruction. The cohort will study and work together over the course of the three-year program. The blended delivery format will consist of varied format classes with online webinars, discussions, assignments, and work embedded tasks interspersed between meetings. 

     Find out more about the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate