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    SteveFoerster is offline Resident Gadfly
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    University of the Cumberlands EdD: Yeah, I enrolled

    I've been a little nervous about sharing this, because I know I've enrolled in quite a few doctoral programs in the past only to decide they weren't right for me, or, more recently, that I just wasn't at the right time of life to get through such a program.

    However, I've always kept my eyes open for an ideal doctoral program in educational leadership or educational technology, one that had very low tuition rates, very liberal transfer credit allowances, and that seemed to have its act together organizationally.

    I decided that school is the University of the Cumberlands, and I've enrolled in their doctoral program in Educational Leadership. I applied somewhat on a lark -- actually, they sucked me in by responding to my filling out a web form that I meant only as an inquiry by thanking me for having filled out an application and saying all I needed to do was submit the materials to accompany it, e.g., recommendation, transcripts, test score, and essay. Since they did such a great job making it sound like I was already in progress, I found myself going ahead and submitting everything else. Very smooth, UC.

    Now, that alone wouldn't have been enough to get me to enroll, but they did a number of other things right. Their admissions person was helpful and informative but never pushy. She offered to let me submit additional references in lieu of a test score, but since they accepted the Miller Analogies Test, which takes like an hour, I just went and took the test. They went out of their way to accept all my previous doctoral work rather than look for ways to reject it like some schools, and as a result I got the maximum of 18 semester-hours of transfer. Since the whole program is 60 semester-hours, that means I walked in being 30% done.

    Then there's the money. At $375 each, my 42 remaining semester-hours will cost a total of $15,750. And those courses can be taken one at a time, six terms per year, which is the sort of scheduling I prefer.

    I'm a few weeks into the first course now, and the instructor has presented the material in an engaging manner, and she's flexible about when assignments are submitted. There's a weekly synchronous component, but so far it's been about an hour each week, and it's actually been useful and fun to participate. It's decent material, but the workload is entirely manageable and the expectations are reasonable. I also appreciate they talk about the dissertation from the from course, and that their completion rate is very high -- unlike some schools, they actually want people to finish.

    It's also nice to do this sort of thing on the buddy system, and since it's in his signature I think it's okay to "out" my fellow Virginian Matt Brent as having signed up for the same program, although we're in different classes this term.

    Anyway, that's what's up. Questions? Ask away.
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    Steve, that sounds really really nice. I'm so happy for you! Also, I'm glad you said something, I'd been observing the FB conversations between you and Matt about the program. :)

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    This is wonderful. Congratulations and good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookderosa View Post
    Steve, that sounds really really nice. I'm so happy for you! Also, I'm glad you said something, I'd been observing the FB conversations between you and Matt about the program. :)
    Now that I've said something, I'll feel like a schmuck if I don't finish this time around. But hopefully that will be motivating.
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    I knew you sounded too obsessed with this school. I'm assuming they only accept certain types of transfer credits, right? Something related to education , school counseling , or the general education courses like English and History .
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    Congratulations! I knew that you really wanted to do this, and I am glad that you found the right fit!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sanantone View Post
    I knew you sounded too obsessed with this school. I'm assuming they only accept certain types of transfer credits, right? Something related to education, school counseling, or the general education courses like English and History.
    Or business, or psychology . Maybe others, I'm not sure. Interestingly, it's an 18 semester-hour specialization where these credits go, so people wanting to have enough doctoral level credits to teach a particular discipline can get them in this program even though it's an EdD . In fact it's almost designed like the way the original DA was intended -- one studies both in one's discipline while also taking enough education courses to be dangerous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveFoerster View Post
    Or business, or psychology . Maybe others, I'm not sure. Interestingly, it's an 18 semester-hour specialization where these credits go, so people wanting to have enough doctoral level credits to teach a particular discipline can get them in this program even though it's an EdD . In fact it's almost designed like the way the original DA was intended -- one studies both in one's discipline while also taking enough education courses to be dangerous.
    I'm guessing the transfer credits would be limited to these.
    Eighteen hours of graduate coursework are earned beyond the Master’s degree in one or more of the following specialty areas: business, education, English, history, math, psychology, or religion.
    Ed.D Online - Doctorate in Education - University of the Cumberlands

    I also saw something about school counseling .
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    Good luck to you, Steve. I enjoyed working with you at ATSU , and you need to do this. We need guys like you teaching ! Best of luck to you, and let me know if I can ever be of assistance!

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    Many thanks, Dr. McDonald, I appreciate your kind words! I enjoyed my time at ATSU as well, and while I may not have finished there, I still recommend it fairly often for others who are looking for a program focused on health education .
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    Good luck to you Steve. I am sure you will do well and make us proud. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by cookderosa View Post
    Also, I'm glad you said something, I'd been observing the FB conversations between you and Matt about the program. :)
    STALKER!

    Seriously, though... I'm glad Steve clued me in on this program. Not only did it allow me to transfer classes in, they're little me do a graduate course in Virginia History , which is something I had been looking for. I just have to refamiliarize myself with APA again. I hated it with my MSEd and the PolySci work I did. I loved Chicago Style...

    I'm actually enjoying the weekly sessions. We use Blackboard Collaborate, which is what we use were I teach. It's nice being able to interact with students and the instructor in a live atmosphere. Let's be realistic... a discussion board can only go so far. I've just got my fingers crossed that I can handle all this. With my two kids and the new responsibilities the college keeps throwing at me, I'm going to hang on for the ride and hope to finish in about 3 years.

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    I may just apply to UC. I have done some research on this school over the last few days. I am doing a one credit oreintation course through ACE'a Ed.D in leadership which is of courec RA and is only $303.00 per credit (since I qualified for the grant). However the program is not designated specifically for those wishing to pursue a career in higher administration, and I would be required to embark on an admin certificate progam starting from the very beginning once I finish the program.

    I requested info by filling out their online form to have sombody call me. The big question I want to know is if I can be certified as an admin through NY by enrolling in the program?

    Also MAtt, can I use additional references in substitution of the MAT? I havent taken it but I had more letters of reference for the ACE then I actually needed.

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    I took it upon myself to contact an admissions rep in the office just a little while ago. The program does not entail any kind of certification to actually go into an administrative position.

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    No, sorry, it's not a K-12 Supervision program. But my area of interest is higher ed, not K-12.
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    That's great to hear, Steve. Good luck with the program (to both you and Matt!). Keep us updated on your progress.
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