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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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From the TRC…3D Printing Now Available to ECU Community

On: 01 Oct 2015 12:31
It’s the first Thursday of the month and a new edition of From the TRC is published to highlight an instructional technology resource Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center (TRC) has to support the College of Education’s faculty and students. Our first post of the school year highlights a new service in Joyner Library, 3D printing! Do you know how common […]

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Blount Feature

College of Education hosts Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute

On: 29 Sep 2015 16:21
East Carolina University’s College of Education hosted its second Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute on Sept. 12 for close to 100 pre-service and in-service teacher educators from the Latham Clinical Schools Network, a privately funded partnership program that supports the enhancement of 39 school systems in eastern North Carolina. As an expert in the field […]

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College of Education awards more than $475,000 in scholarships to ECU students

On: 16 Sep 2015 21:20
East Carolina University’s College of Education has awarded $476,000 in scholarships to 78 outstanding students for the 2015-2016 school year. A total of 95 scholarships and awards, ranging from $250 to $20,000, were presented. Several students received multiple scholarships. Recipients were honored Aug. 28 at the ECU College of Education Scholarship Recipient and Donor Recognition […]

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Upcoming Professional Development Offering: Instructional Design for Online Student Success

On: 14 Sep 2015 16:19
The NEW Instructional Design for Online Student Success professional development series will focus on motivating and retaining online learners by developing a course that incorporates interactive tools, student collaboration and a variety of assessment activities. Topics will also include strategies for creating and fostering a sense of community in online or blended courses. The first […]

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Celebrate International Literacy Day

Celebrate International Literacy Day

On: 04 Sep 2015 17:24
Faculty in the Department of Literacy Studies, English Education, and History Education are thrilled to celebrate International Literacy Day on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. #ILD2015 #ECUREAD International Literacy Day helps bring our attention to the nearly 800 million adults worldwide who cannot read, write, or perform simple math calculations. This is a time when groups […]

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