I just accepted my placement in a PhD program!

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  1. gr3teacher

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    Starting Fall 2018, I'll be working towards my PhD in Educational Leadership from George Mason University. Now, it'll probably ultimately take the better part of a decade, but I should have my administrative credentials by Fall 2020 (and at that point, the classroom portion of my educational career will probably unfortunately be over). It's both overwhelmingly relieving and scary to know exactly where the next path in my educational journey will be leading.
     
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    As they say, the longest journey begins with the first step. May I wish you the best in your next stage of growth, and tell you that the best way to stay fresh and vibrant in this field is to always be learning something. If you're not learning you may well stagnate - not a pretty picture. Best of luck!
     
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    Congratulations, this is an arduous undertaking, but I have utmost confidence that you will finish the program successfully.

    I’m curious. Why did you say it would take the better part of a decade to finish it? Don’t most PhD programs take 3-5 years to complete?
     
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    The program I'm going for gives me 5 years to complete the coursework and five years to complete the dissertation. I'm planning on taking 15 credits a year (6 per semester plus 3 in the summer) which would knock out the coursework by the end of Fall 2022, then however long the dissertation itself takes.
     
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    You will be amazing. Please let us know when we can start calling you DOC!
     
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    Gotcha, this makes much more sense than what I was thinking.
     
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    Congratulations!!! Someday I hope to get my PhD too. Probably not in education though.
     
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    What would you get your PhD in, then? :)
     
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    Engineering or physics. :)
     
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    Congrats!
     
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    Congrats! Are you getting the PhD because it's required for administrators in your state or because it's a personal goal you want to accomplish? In my particular district (18 schools), I can only think of 1 administrator who possesses a PhD.
     
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    My ultimate goal is to be a central office administrator. That doesn't require a PhD, but it's a lot easier to move up that way. Being an AP or principal has minimal appeal for me.
     
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    Hmmm. The role of AP/P is generally the first step for most district office administrators (from my experience, at least). Maybe this varies from state-to-state, though?

    I have another 25 years until I can retire (sigh), so my goal is:
    1. continue as AP for a few more years (I enjoy it).
    2. land a principalship (and stay in that role for several years).
    3. become Director of Curriculum & Instruction.
    4. finish off my career as Asst. Superintendent of Educational Services.
     
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    Congrats, gr3teacher! We need good people upstairs to support those of us in the trenches.
     
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    I start my EdD next month! I have 7 years to complete it, so I must be done by April 2025. Mine will be in Reading, Language & Literacy.
     
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    You are going to get a HUGE raise.
     
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    If the doctorate comes with an administrative position, then yes, definitely. If not, then perhaps not. In my district, the difference between BA and MA at the top of the schedule is 81 k vs 101k. The difference between MA and EdD is 101k vs 102k. I can't see any reason to get a doctorate without aspirations to become an administrator as the cost of getting said doctorate far outweighs the 1k a year salary increase for teaching staff.
     
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    True, but at most schools you get an additional stipend if you have a PhD on top of a stipend for having a Masters. Not to mention, at some schools you can only be in the furthest column in the teacher salary schedule if you have a doctorate degree. Not all schools are like this, but a fair few are.
     
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    My goal is to move out of the schools and into post-secondary work or even something else outside of school districts.
     
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    Congratulations to you! We'll be cheering you on during your journey :)
     
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    Congratulations!
     

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