University of the Cumberlands EdD: Yeah, I enrolled

Discussion in 'Education, Teaching and related degrees' started by SteveFoerster, Jan 29, 2014.

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  1. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Good for you, but two at a time would be too ambitions for me! I haven't had anything with Dr. Atkinson. I've taken two from Dr. Simpson, and two from Dr. Goff. After this I'll finish up the calendar year with Leadership Theory and Practice with Dr. Coleman and Grant Writing with Dr. Anderson. Next year will be another year similar to this one. And then the dissertation.
     
  2. TMW2009

    TMW2009 New Member

    This is Dr. Atkinson's first time teaching for UC and his first time teaching online as well. I'm going to see how the two classes go and if I need to adjust back down to one, I'm more than prepared to do so. But at this time, I'm wishing I doubled up for these last two terms. Different professors may make me feel differently, you know?
     
  3. mattbrent

    mattbrent Active Member

    I had Virginia History with Dr. Coleman. It was completely independent study with no online sessions. There were only 2 of us in the class, so it made sense. Still, he was challenging and gave good feedback on essays.

    -Matt
     
  4. Elizabeth Davis

    Elizabeth Davis New Member

    Do they have an EdS to EdD program in Educational Leadership? Is Cumberlands better than Liberty?
     
  5. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    If you come in with an EdS, I think (but you'd need to ask them to be entirely sure) that it would fulfil the requirements for your specialization, which is 18 credits, not 30. As for "better", that's pretty subjective. Liberty is a lot bigger and better known, which would be a plus for some people and a minus for others. I've read that religious content plays a role in coursework at Liberty, which isn't the case at Cumberlands, but again some people would want that and others would not. But I believe Cumberlands is a bit cheaper than Liberty, and in that sense it's definitely better. :smile:
     
  6. mattbrent

    mattbrent Active Member

    I also believe Liberty requires some courses to be taken on campus, whereas Cumberlands does not. We just have live classes through Blackboard Collaborate. Cumberlands does, however, offer classes on campus and on weekends if you live somewhat close or are willing to give up a few weekends.

    -Matt
     
  7. Elizabeth Davis

    Elizabeth Davis New Member

    I just applied to Cumberlands too. We will see...
     
  8. scornette

    scornette New Member

    I have applied to the Ed.D program and take the Foundations test tomorrow. I keep reading that it is on educational theory, but the lady told me it is grammar, punctuation and basic statistics. Is this the same test others on here have taken and any advice?

    My MA is from Western Governor's and the only GPA they give out is a 3.0, so I'm worried that if I don't do well on everything else, they may not take me.

    Thanks!
     
  9. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    I didn't think that I did that well on the exam, but I still was okay. I'll bet you'll be fine. Check in with us afterwards and let us know how it went?
     
  10. TMW2009

    TMW2009 New Member

    There are two 'exams'. One is the Foundation exam containing basic stuff that you're taking tomorrow (I had a lot of stats questions on mine) to give them an idea of your level of ability concerning writing and stats, and then once you have your interview and are admitted, you'll take a pretest involving educational theory. It is my understanding that there is a minimum score for the foundations test for entry. Parts of it seemed so easy that I started second-guessing myself.

    Towards the end of your program, you'll take the educational theory test again as a post-test to show improvement in comprehension of the material. I didn't know a lot of the stuff on the pre-test, but I felt I could ace it after completing ELSOL 805 The Change Process, which was the first class that I took in the program.
     
  11. scornette

    scornette New Member

    Well, I have very little statistics experience. I guess we'll see... When I applied, I was shooting for starting Sept. 2 and they are still trying to get me in but it seems impossible at the moment. I will update after I know!
     
  12. TMW2009

    TMW2009 New Member

    As I recall, it's really the basic stuff concerning stats, with maybe a more advanced question but really nothing to worry about. I'd say more but I don't know if I'd get in trouble. Stats was the bane of my existence, but I made it through. And now I have to take two more stats classes - go figure.

    You'd be surprised at how fast they can get you going. I think I was interviewed on Thursday and started that following Monday. But then again, I'd already submitted everything (including having the gov send my FAFSA info for FA on over). If you got your ducks in a row and everything in order, they can get you going. They're that efficient.

    I admit I was confused as far as my initial course selection during the whole admissions whirlwind. After your interview and you complete the pretest, you're asked to submit what two courses you want to take, and you're given a list of four that need to be completed before you consider taking the dissertation courses. As a conditionally accepted student (because I wasn't transferring in any extra classes beyond my initial M.Ed.) I thought they were telling me that those were the four courses I needed to take to get past the twelve credits of conditional status, so I chose The Change Process and Learning in Adulthood from the list. That isn't the case; if you're not bringing in credits already to fulfill your area of specialization, you can start taking those right away and get them knocked out if you want. It worked out for me because it ended that there weren't any courses being offered that I wanted to take during the summer for my area of specialization, anyway.
     
  13. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    In that case, this is different from less than a year ago. I took the pretest on educational theories, but don't remember anything with stats or writing, other than the short writing sample I submitted with my application.
     
  14. mattbrent

    mattbrent Active Member

    I must've missed that. I never took an exam on writing or statistics. I just took an entry exam on theories and such.

    -Matt
     
  15. scornette

    scornette New Member

    Good info. Thank you! I really feel like I need to talk to someone in regards to my specialization and the admission counselor has been very little help. I'm still not sure what to choose as my specialty. I'm a science teacher, so my specialty will be something different since science isn't offered. I guess I'll be able to talk with someone after I know whether I'm accepted or not.
     
  16. TMW2009

    TMW2009 New Member

    According to my records, I had to take the foundations exam (described as the Ed.D. Admissions Exam) on May 1st, prior to my interview on May 7th. Right after I completed my interview, I took the composite exam (the one on educational theory). I might guess that since you both were transferring more than 12 credits in towards your area of specialization they may have waived the foundation exam for you. I didn't have any extra graduate/doctoral level credits to transfer in beyond my M.Ed. so I was admitted conditionally. I was told that if I had at least 12 credits to bring in for my AoS, I would have been admitted without condition.
     
  17. scornette

    scornette New Member

    I am coming with only my MASE degree, too. I suppose that is the reason for the foundations exam. I will be testing in 2 hours and will update when I am done.
     
  18. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    And here I thought that transferring in 18 credits was its own reward. :smile:
     
  19. mattbrent

    mattbrent Active Member

    Random, but I just realized my previous post was number 1,500. Yay for me!

    Anywho, I think you'd like the program. The faculty seem very willing to go out and help the students.

    -Matt
     
  20. TMW2009

    TMW2009 New Member

    I'll second that. For the two classes I've had, the instructors have been very communicative and Dr. Vann especially has been awesome in answering questions for me and giving me some feedback on ideas for progression.
     

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