Introduction to the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate

Partnership with the University of Colorado-Boulder's

School of Education

School of Education CU-Boulder

Who are we?

School of Education University of Colorado-Boulder

Task Force Chair: Margaret Eisenhart

UCB #249 Boulder, CO 80309


Carnegie Task Force on the Doctorate Faculty Representatives: Hilda Borko, Derek Briggs, Margaret Eisenhart, Kathy Escamilla, Ken Howe, Bill McGinley, Lorrie Shepard, Clarissa Thompson, Jennie Whitcomb

Student Representatives: Jessica Allen, Katie Byrnes, Sarah Hug, Tracy Naber, Michelle Reidel, Amy Saks, Bud Talbot, Sarah Zerwin

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What do we want to accomplish in the CID?

Goal of Program: To develop a cohort of students who form a community of scholars at CU and later become leaders in evidence-based educational research, policy, and practice.

More About Our Department

About the school :

The University of Colorado at Boulder School of Education is nationally recognized for its model teacher education and graduate programs and for its excellence in research methodology, educational policy, and classroom research. Equally important are its close ties with neighboring partner school districts and with educators throughout Colorado.

The special character of this scholarly community comes from a shared commitment to equal educational opportunity, diversity, and research-based reform and from a strong tradition of collaborative research.


To promote the distinctive identity of the school by building on the already visible contributions of individual faculty members and by emphasizing our shared commitment to evidence-based policy and practice and to democracy, diversity and social justice;

To produce research that makes a difference by bringing rigorous research methods and analytic tools to bear in addressing the most pressing questions affecting educational policy and practice;

To prepare teachers who display a passionate commitment to ensuring every student learns, who embrace and demonstrate ethical behaviors and democratic dispositions, and who excel in their knowledge of subject matter, how people learn, the socio-cultural world of learners, standards-based curriculum design, learner-centered pedagogies and assessments, and the democratic context of schools;

To prepare graduate candidates who are well-trained in research methodology, expert in their area of specialization, and broadly knowledgeable about psychological, sociological, philosophical, and historical research affecting education;

To encourage candidates of color into teaching and research professions through recruitment and support; and

To enhance the effectiveness of our partnership and outreach activities by fostering closer connections among teaching, research, and outreach commitments.

Commonalities PowerPoint

Key Ideas PowerPoint

Exemplary Element Snapshot 1

What are we doing?

A. Multi-level revisions to required coursework.

B. Developing a cohort approach.

C. Building community through specialty seminars.

Level 1 involves: 1. Big Ideas in Education; 2. Quantitative Methods ; 3. Qualitative Methods; and 4. Multicultural Education (All level 1 courses are taken as a cohort by 1st year students)

Level 2 involves Intermediate Coursework (Years 2-3)

Level 3 involves Advanced/Capstone Coursework in specialty area (Years 2-3)

All students participate in bi-weekly Specialty Seminars


April 2004: Student Baseline Survey (pre-implementation)

August 2004: Faculty Baseline Survey

November 2004: Alumni Survey

December 2004: First Year Cohort Evaluation of Fall Semester CORE Courses

Late Spring 2005:

-First Year Cohort Evaluation of Spring Semester CORE Courses

-First Year Cohort Student Survey

-Faculty Survey

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