Hello everyone! This is my first post ever... I'm considering getting a Doctorate of Education in Leadership from St Mary's University of Minnesota and was wondering if you have heard about it or know about its reputation/accreditation. I currently work at a for-profit company as a trainer. In the past, I've worked as a teacher, instructor or tutor. I am passionate about education! My undergraduate degree and M.Ed. are focused on curriculum development and education. - Do you think getting the Ed.D. will provide opportunities for professional advancement? (I know that at the 'personal level' I would enjoy it 100%) - Have you attended or heard about this program? If so, I'd like to know what you think. - Is an Ed.D. much different from a Ph.D.? (I'm not planning to change careers and I do not want to switch to academia but I'd like to teach an online course some day if I ever have that opportunity.) A friend of mine discouraged me from getting the Ed.D. She said it is not as prestigious as a Ph.D and will not open that many doors. She also said the Ed.D. is geared towards practitioners and school administrators. Thoughts? Thanks in advance for reading and replying to this post!