I will be starting my trek toward the EdD at Liberty this summer. In order to complete the EdS on the way to the EdD, I will be required to take one additional course. The cost is about $1500, plus books. I anticipate that I could finish the EdS by spring 2012 or summer 2012 (depending on intensive scheduling). The EdD would likely take another 2 years (a year of course work + a year of dissertation). The additional course will not apply to the EdD at LU. All other courses would apply. My question is this: is it worth bothering with the EdS? Another important point is that the EdS wouldn't necessarily be a "bail out" degree in passing, but I could always switch to the EdS down the road and take the EdS capstone course to take the degree if I decided not to finish the EdD. My thoughts are this: Pros: additional credential in about a year, personal satisfaction Cons: additional cost, additional work that will not apply to the EdD Jury's still out: I'm not sure what options the credential would give me in the meantime. I will not receive a salary increase based on the credential. I could likely even obtain a promotion with my MA only, if a position became available. I don't see this as likely, as I was just promoted (effective July 1), so another promotion in the next 3 years doesn't seem altogether likely. I'm in my mid-twenties, and I work in student services in higher education, if this helps.