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Doctorate of Education Advice from Concordia Students & Alumni

By Concordia Faculty April 16, 2018

Whether you’re just about to embark on Concordia University-Portland’s EdD program or you’re still deciding if our leadership-focused approach is right for you, there’s no one better to give you advice than those who have already gone through it. See what the EdD students and alumni in our private Facebook community said about their doctorate experience, and what they would tell prospective students like you.

Plan ahead. “I teach third grade full-time, and I manage a community dance program along with being a wife, mom, and grad student. It’s hectic, so I use a life planner and schedule absolutely everything, including meals, workouts, study time, and due dates for posts and assignments. I also pre-format my assignments during the week and save them in folders labeled with weeks 1-8 for each class. ” – Anna

Research then decide. “Selecting your chair is an important decision. When you receive the list of available chairs, look at their bios, Google their names, browse [CU Commons] to look at dissertations they have chaired. Contact potential chairs!” – Rachael

Remember: support is just a click away. “I was feeling a bit isolated at first and others in my cohort were feeling that way as well so we formed a closed FB group to offer support and encouragement.” – Angela

“Connect with someone in your cohort that you can call to talk, figure things out, laugh, and just support each other. That has been the most important component of my success. As a colleague told me when I applied to this program, you will either be 60 with a doctorate or without, but you will still be 60. Keep looking forward…one step at a time.” – Brita

“I experienced anxiety, especially in the last few months. But I refused to give up. I sought the help I needed and got through it. You will too! Just picture yourself getting hooded and walking across the stage.” – Bola

Make each day count, academically and personally. “It really is a tough balance! I honestly just take it one day at a time, doing my very best on each assignment.” – Yasmin

“This is a marathon not a race. A great piece of advice I received has nothing to do with the academic side of this. Instead, I will remind you to stop and smell the roses from time to time. If you constantly find yourself engrossed in this process too often, you will become unbalanced.” – Makeba

“Engage in the discussion board posts to connect and learn from each other. You will stay just busy enough that each term will go by quickly.” – Chris

Opportunities for growth make the impossible possible. 

“It is in those moments that we feel like giving up that we grow the most. Growth is uncomfortable but the rewards of maturing into our true selves are worth it. Take it from a middle school drop out. All things are possible!” – Wilkie

Feeling inspired? Apply now to Concordia’s EdD program. It only takes three years to complete, and you can do so fully online. Classes are 8 weeks in length, and you can choose from 5 concentrations.

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