Five Reasons To Pursue A Professional Doctorate
North American Precis Syndicate
If you're looking to address real-world issues, an Ed.D. may be for you. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Over the past two decades, getting a doctorate degree has
become more relevant for people who are not researchers or college
For example, an Ed.D. can prepare you for administration and leadership
positions. Doctorate programs today emphasize practicality over philosophy
and encourage students to solve workplace issues that affect their field.
What Is A Professional Doctoral
Not all doctorates are Ph.D.s. Ph.D. students must write and defend a
dissertation. With a professional doctorate, students develop new solutions
to real-world problems by exploring and applying existing research and
scholarship. Often referred to as an “applied” or “practitioner”
doctorate, a professional doctorate is a doctoral-level degree for
experienced professionals who want to translate their industry expertise into
a higher position of credibility, leadership and influence in their
Why Get A Professional Doctoral Degree?
1. To develop a unique dissertation topic that can be leveraged and
expanded upon to help enhance your career. Your research could significantly
affect your field. If you enjoy problem solving and are passionate about
real-world issues, an Ed.D. degree may be for you.
2. To fulfill a lifelong dream to reach the apex of knowledge in a
specific field, earning the coveted title of “Doctor.”
3. To become a sought-after expert, leader, author, change agent,
innovator and scholar.
4. To attract like-minded thinkers and grow your professional network,
garnering support from those in similar roles. Ed.D. students work and
collaborate with classmates who are also professionals, learning from each
other and sharing new ideas.
5. To prove your capabilities and increase your self-esteem, serve as a
role model for friends, family members, colleagues and the community. Ed.D.
degree students are able to hold full-time jobs while working toward their
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Ed.D. degrees can also push students to go further in their education and
professional careers. Continuing education is always challenging but can be
extremely rewarding. University
of Phoenix alumna
Kelisa Wing is a great example of a lifelong learner who has benefited from
continuing her education.
As an educator, Wing strives to improve her field. She was named the 2017
Department of Defense Education Activity Teacher of the Year due to her
significant contributions to the teaching profession. A dedicated English
language arts teacher, veteran and mother of two, Wing earned her Master of
Secondary Education with University
of Phoenix overseas while her
husband, also a veteran, was stationed in Germany. She also completed an
educational specialist advanced degree with the University of Phoenix,
where she is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Educational Leadership.
of Phoenix helped me
learn how to become a better administrator,” Wing said. “The
specialist degree helped me transition from a teaching position to assistant
principal at an elementary school. I enjoyed the classes so much that
pursuing a doctorate was the natural choice for me. I know the degree will
enhance my learning about curriculum and instruction, helping me to ensure
our curriculum represents the background of our students.”
The flexibility of professional doctorate degrees available via online
programs can be key for those continuing their career journey as they advance
For further information on programs available at University of Phoenix,
For facts about the educational debt, earnings and completion rates of
students who attended these programs, visit www.phoenix.edu/programs/gainful-employment.html.
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