Written by Russell Stahlke, a student in the Ed.D. program – guest writer I once...READ MORE
Getting a Doctorate at CityU – is it for you?
You want to go back to school. You are excited about the possibility of a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership from an accredited university. You are worried about money, time, other commitments, if you will get the exposure to peers and faculty that you need in an online setting, and what kind of support you will have when you cannot walk into your professor’s office to say hello and ask a question.
Plus, the concept of — a Doctor? Me? A Doctor? Yes, you!
While it is true that not everyone has the capacity or interest in earning a doctorate, it is entirely possible to assess whether you do. You will need:
- A strong interest in lifelong learning
- A commitment to your education
- An interest in going to school to ultimately help others and give back
- A willingness to grow and improve your writing – regardless of how good you already are
- The ability to “fit” education into your life
- A desire to learn from others and a passion for connecting with people who have a similar interest – being part of a community.
And can this happen online? Absolutely yes!
Here are some things you need to know about a doctoral degree from CityU.
First, we use free textbooks whenever possible. Many institutions have lower tuition costs but then add in resource fees and technology fees. We offset tuition costs by providing 24/7 online access to free textbooks and resources for 90% of our courses. What does this mean? First, you aren’t going to have to budget in when to buy the books and email your professor that week one’s assignment will be late because you couldn’t afford the book (sound familiar?!). This translates to between $4000 – $6000 or more in savings over your program.
And if you’re worried that you won’t have the time or ability to navigate the library – we have that covered. You will receive personalized support so you can focus on your studies and not worry about how to find the right resources.
Lots of schools say they help working adults, but what do they do to show you? You will see it in our courses when you first login. The assignments aren’t busy work. They are tied to real life events – to situations that you can immediately learn from and apply in the real world. Oh, and they’re taught by people actually doing it, too, not just lifelong professors with little real world experience who can’t really relate to you.
Having a global presence matters, too. The world isn’t just located in the U.S. – our colleagues are increasingly all over with different cultures, different experiences, and vastly different living situations than what we commonly see. You can go to school and recreate your comfort zone online at most institutions. But can you go to school and be pushed so outside of your comfort zone by learning from people with vastly different experience than you – and partnering with them – at most universities? You can here.
We support you every step of the way. We are big enough to have services that you need, but small enough that you aren’t lost in the crowd. Begin the next phase of your life – the next step towards your goals – with us. We welcome all you bring.
To hear from a current student about this program, go here or here. City University of Seattle has an accredited online Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Leadership program. To find out more about this program you can read the press release or go to the program’s web page.
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