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  • Understand Why You Are Becoming a Doctoral Student.When entering the Ed.D. program, clearly understand why you have chosen to pursue a doctorate and remember your reasons. Also, think about the types of experiences you would like to have as a doctoral student. Determine what needs to happen during your doctoral program for you to successfully accomplish your professional goals.
  • Do Not Fear Statistics. Take statistics early in your doctoral program and begin to use the information. Consider taking more than the two required statistics courses. The statistics courses will help you develop your methodology and results sections of your dissertation.
  • Paperwork, Paperwork, Paperwork. There is no shortage of paperwork to submit in your doctoral program. Be sure to know what forms must be completed, when they are due, and to whom to submit them. Be patient with the paperwork process.
  • Prepare Early for Comprehensive Exams. Keep all of your textbooks and compile all of your class materials (i.e. notes and handouts) from each course to be better prepared for comprehensive exams. Your organization and thoroughness will prove to be invaluable.
  • Choose Your Dissertation Committee Wisely.Forming your dissertation committee will be one of the most important decisions you ever make. Get to know the Ed.D. professors and other faculty early in your program and familiarize yourself with their respective research interests.
  • You Are Not Alone. Insert yourself immediately into the community of fellow graduate students and build a peer group. Your peer group will provide you with not only an exchange of information, but also support and encouragement.
  • Begin Thinking About Your Research Interests. Start thinking about your internship possibilities and dissertation topic early in the program. Write as many papers about your chosen research area in your courses to help build your dissertation literature review. Additionally, really learn the APA style. Read the manual and visit some of the many APA resource websites.
  • Communicate with Your Advisor. Maintain constant communication with your advisor. Meet with him or her as often as you can during each semester. Work closely with your advisor to ensure that all doctoral requirements are met in a timely manner and to stay informed of new information concerning forms, deadlines, and opportunities.
  • Hang in There and Do Not Give Up! Be sure to take care of yourself mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Being a doctoral student can be very stressful and overwhelming at times, especially when you are learning to balance your family, career, and academic obligations. But know that you are not alone in this. You have a built-in support system of peers and faculty to assist you in your journey.
  • And the #1 Survival Tip for Ed.D. Students is…
    Know Michelle Smith Very Well! She is extremely knowledgeable about the program and is a great resource!
Dr. Grant Hayes

Dr. Grant Hayes Named New Dean of the College of Education

On: 13 Apr 2015 21:15
Dr. Grant Hayes has been named dean and distinguished professor of the College of Education at East Carolina University. Hayes is professor of counselor education and interim dean of the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida, where he has held numerous leadership positions since 1998. He will join ECU, […]

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From the TRC: SMART Board Workshops

On: 02 Apr 2015 21:51
It’s Thursday, and a new edition of From the TRC is published to highlight another service or resource Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center has to support the College of Education’s faculty and students. This week, it’s our upcoming SMART Board workshops. Over the next two weeks, the Teaching Resources Center (TRC) is offering two separate workshops covering the basic functions of […]

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College of Education Seeks Chair for Department of Interdisciplinary Professions

On: 18 Mar 2015 18:05
Chairperson Department of Interdisciplinary Professions College of Education Vacancy 944231 INTERNAL POSTING: Open only to applicants currently employed by East Carolina University.  The College of Education at East Carolina University invites applications and nominations for the position of Chairperson of the Department of Interdisciplinary Professions. This is a full-time, tenured, 12-month position. Responsibilities include facilitating […]

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2015 College of Education Faculty and Student Research Showcase

On: 16 Mar 2015 20:01
The COE Research Committee is proud to announce the 2015 College of Education Faculty and Student Research Showcase.  Please plan to attend and participate in this event on Wednesday, March 25 from 4:00-6:00PM in Mendenhall 244. Date:  Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Time:  4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Location:  Mendenhall room 244 Presenters and Research Studies: […]

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Dr. Christy Rhodes Receives Promoting Diversity and Inclusion Mini-Grant

On: 05 Mar 2015 16:01
Drs. Christy Rhodes and Sheresa Blanchard are recipients of the “Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the Curriculum” Mini-Grants. The selected proposals are going to tackle different aspects of diversity in the classrooms of ECU and in eastern North Carolina. Dr. Christy Rhodes, assistant professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Professions, submitted a proposal with Drs. […]

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