How My Ed.D. Fuels My Desire to Stay in the Classroom
I really like the Ed.D. program at Walden because it’s really made for a practitioner. It’s made for people who are in the classroom and who are teaching. I want to continue to be in the classroom.
Sometimes I hear people say, “Well, why do you want to get a doctorate if you just”—and they always say “just be”— “an eighth-grade teacher?” But I think that’s exactly where you need to have people who are working towards those degrees and doing research. Because I’m going to be able to put a project in place in my own district and in my own classroom and do research. Then I’m going to be able to contribute that to the greater wealth of all the other research.
I think teachers want that experience from people who are practitioners; it’s not just something that people are doing as research from a secondhand opinion. That’s partially why I picked the Ed.D. program at Walden: so that I could be a practitioner and get that doctorate degree.
The whole social change component is unique because I’m not just getting a doctorate so that I can become Dr. Eric Langhorst and I can have a degree. I want to create a change; that’s one of the reasons that I became a teacher. I think when you talk to most teachers, they want to effect social change. So it’s just a natural component of what they want to do. It fits in really nicely with the whole doctorate program.