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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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MLS Students at ECU Collect over 5,800 Books for the Needy

On: 04 Feb 2016 20:51
The end of each year is a time for many traditions, from caroling to trimming the tree to making a gingerbread house to pausing to give thanks, and the East Carolina University Master of Library Science program has developed and added its own tradition to the mix by annually completing a Holiday Book Drive. For […]

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ECU Ranked No. 2 Among Best Value Colleges for Online IT Degree

On: 03 Feb 2016 19:45
February 1, 2016 – East Carolina University has been ranked among the 10 best value colleges for an online information technology (IT) degree by College Values Online. The ranking was published on the organization’s website in January. East Carolina University was ranked second. Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator database, the 10 […]

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Drs. Rhodes and Schmidt receive President’s Appreciation Award from AAACE

On: 25 Jan 2016 18:06
Dr. Christy Rhodes, Assistant Professor of Adult Education, and Dr. Steve Schmidt, Associate Professor of Adult Education, were both recipients of the 2015 President’s Appreciation Award at the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education’s (AAACE) annual conference in Oklahoma City, OK, November 17-20, 2015.  The President’s Appreciation Award honors people who have exemplified outstanding […]

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Dr. Kylie Dotson-Blake Distinguished Panelist at National Mental Health Symposium

On: 12 Dec 2015 13:30
On November 3, 2015, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the STEMconnector, the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the University of Phoenix College of Social Sciences partnered to offer a national mental health symposium at the National Press Club, in Washington, D.C. The event included professionals from counseling, nursing, criminal justice, social […]

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Library Science Program Ranked #5 in Nation!

On: 09 Dec 2015 13:00
The Library Science program, housed in the Department of Interdisciplinary Professions with the College of Education at East Carolina University is pleased to announce that they were recognized in the Top 10 of the Fall 2015 Online Library and Information Science Graduate Rankings as ranked by Graduateprograms.com.  The program was listed as being the #5 […]

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