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“It sounds cliché, but I literally would not be where I am today without my EdD. I thought I would use the degree to move up administratively. However, as I progressed through the program I realized that an EdD is unique. It allows you to straddle both administrative and faculty roles in a university. In my role, I have a great opportunity to apply the practical side of the EdD in curriculum development, grant work and educational research. The EdD really was my “golden ticket” to get to the professional career I had always wanted.”
Ryan Palmer earned his EdD in Post Secondary Educational Leadership in 2013 from Portland State University. The EdD made sense since while he was a working professional and it specifically targeted his educational leadership career aspirations. The program helped him to enact self-motivation and focus, and to become an expert in his field of research, so much so that his colleagues now come to him seeking educational research information.
Advice for prospective EdD students
Have a compelling reason why you are getting your EdD before you start. It’s just too difficult of a process to not have a pressing reason why you are doing it. That compelling reason will help you stay focused when things get difficult. Set your completion date and stick to it, no matter what.