The Relevance of Walden’s Ed.D. Program
One of the things that has really impressed me about the entire experience at Walden is that most of the things we talk about relate to what’s happening in the classroom. I’ve been in so many education classes—getting my undergrad, then my master’s—where you’re taking a course and you’re learning something that you know is probably not going to actually impact your classroom environment in any way. The things that we’re learning through the Walden courses do relate directly to being a practitioner. Again, that’s partially why I chose this degree, because I knew that it was going to impact what I do on a daily basis and it’s not going to be an abstract concept.

Right now I’m doing an article about dual coding—how you use visuals along with text. That’s something that I do in my classroom a lot—I do a lot of visual-type stuff along with the different verbal-type things we’re doing in class. So I’m able to [add] a research aspect to something that I know works in my classroom.

I’m sure that I’m going to learn something as I’m doing research on this that [will change] a little of what I do in the classroom and make it a better experience for my students. I’ll probably be able to reach a couple more students that I would have using the same technique a year ago.

Having [coursework] relate to real-life things is really what makes this fun, because when you’re learning something that you know is outside the realm of what you really do for a living, if it doesn’t have that relevance; you’re not really into it. That’s where a lot of students get lost. They don’t see the relevance between, “What am I learning in class?” [and] “How is this going to affect me in the real world?” I’m seeing that connection through the Walden courses—this is going to help me in the classroom tomorrow or next week. That’s partially why I’ve been so excited about the courses.