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The Education Doctorate in Professional Educational Practice (EdD) program, in the UH Mānoa College of Education (COE), received a 2018 Program of the Year Award by the Carnegie Project of the Education Doctorate (CPED). Distinct from other doctoral degrees in education, the COE EdD was recognized for program innovation in its implementation of CPED principals and design within a local context.

“It is such an honor to be recognized amongst the top EdD programs in our nation,” said outgoing EdD Director Sarah Twomey. “This award is the result of the dedication of our faculty, community mentors, and community partners. I am very grateful for the support of Dr. Veselina Lambrev who co-authored the application for the award and has provided tireless support and care for the program and students throughout my leadership. The EdD will continue to show the important work that the College of Education is capable of in preparing culturally sustaining and compassionate leaders.”

Sarah Twomey
Dr. Sarah Twomey

CPED committee members reviewed finalist applications from institutions across the nation and were impressed by the COE EdD program for its culture-based curriculum, signature group consultancy project, social justice component, and robust program assessment system among other high quality markers. The program was recognized during CPED’s June Convening in at Florida State University.

Established in 2011, the EdD program prepares professionals for leadership roles at all levels of education as well as those whose main interest is the application of research in education settings. It is a cohort model that includes three years of study in a collaborative atmosphere. With emphasis on teamwork, participants advance through the three-year program together in the same sequence. Designed with the career professional in mind, the program meets Saturdays on campus over the summer and during the semester. The next cohort will be admitted in summer 2020.

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