I have no idea what to do. I have a BA and an MA from RA universities, and I'd love to get my EdD. I live in a relatively rural area, so B&M universities would be extremely difficult to do. I've looked a few times for online EdD's, but the cost was always so astronomical, it didn't seem worth the heartache of taking on another 40k-60k in loans. Then I found Aspen. Apparently if you pay for the first three courses you end up getting the EdD for around 14k or 15k. That's an absolutely amazing price. Then I realized that Aspen wasn't cheap because it was a new university trying to attract students. They're cheap because they are only DETC accredited. To be honest, I don't care how the university is accredited, as long as it is. My problem lies with what others think about it. Will people (districts, boards, other teachers) look at a doctorate from a purely online university like Aspen as a joke? Will it be taken seriously? The more I look into it, the less I see the value in it. It would be a travesty to pay money and more importantly put in the time to get an EdD that the general population would crap on. Does anyone have any experience in this? How horrible would it be to be called Dr. and when people ask where you got your EdD you cough loudly and sputter out "Aspen", hoping that they didn't understand and that they won't ask you again. Or maybe you just say, "Oh, I got it from Colorado" and hope they don't inquire where in Colorado.