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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!
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College of Education is Busting Myths about Teaching

On: 27 Aug 2015 15:10
On August 23, 2015, the College of Education helped welcome over 5,000 students at Pirate Palooza, the university’s largest annual welcome back celebration, held in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. . Pirate Palooza featured a variety of ECU traditions and activities where students had the chance to participate in athletic games, speak with vendors, enjoy food, and win […]

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Ellen Dobson

Dr. Ellen Dobson Serves on National Taskstream Panel

On: 25 Aug 2015 19:53
In June 2015, Dr. Ellen Dobson, Assistant Director in the COE Office of Assessment and Accreditation, was an invited panelist at Taskstream’s CollabEx Live in New York City. Dr. Dobson participated on a panel addressing CAEP standards and program assessment with Mel Horton of Central Connecticut State University and Courtney Peagler of Taskstream. She also […]

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Bob Porter

Grant Writing Workshop Series Opportunity Available

On: 07 Aug 2015 14:02
Grant Writing Workshop Leader Robert Porter, PhD, has presented grant writing to leading universities and medical schools internationally. He is coming to ECU this Fall to conduct three focused sessions. RSVP early as seating is limited to forty (40) per session. All sessions will be held in the Mendenhall Student Center Great Room 1 Session […]

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Dr. Linda Patriarca

East Carolina University’s Own Dr. Linda Patriarca Nationally Recognized

On: 31 Jul 2015 13:25
Dr. Linda A. Patriarca is named one of “The 30 Most Influential Deans of Education in the United States ” according to a new list. This will leave the College of Education at East Carolina University in a great position as she steps down and hands the reigns to Dr. B Grant Hayes who will be […]

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COE Winners and Nominees for the 2015 Founder’s Day Celebration

On: 04 May 2015 18:50
Achievements of East Carolina University’s faculty and staff took center stage at the sixth annual Founders Day and University Awards Celebration on April 29 in Hendrix Theatre. Serving as master of ceremonies, Provost Ron Mitchelson welcomed attendees. “It makes us all especially proud to share recognition of the very best of our faculty and staff […]

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