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TOPIC: People's Area of Study

People's Area of Study 5 years 5 months ago #4

My master's is in education, and I've been on the fence about getting a PhD in it for a while. I was curious what some other people's area of study is on here? Any education PhDs out there? Would that only be useful if you want to be an administrator, do research, or work for a university?
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People's Area of Study 4 years 7 months ago #1

My bachelor's degree is in Mass Communications. My master's degree is in special education. I have been teaching special education for the past 15 years before starting my doctoral program in education leadership in 2014. I plan to switch to teaching in online education at the college level.
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People's Area of Study 5 years 4 months ago #2

I'm about to graduate this summer with my bachelor's degree in Technical Communication and will go straight into my master's for the same. I've thought about teaching, but I'm not sure I want to in the long run. I'll probably get a TA position during my master's program (eventually) and see how I like teaching. Pretty sure I don't want to teach younger kids, though...
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People's Area of Study 5 years 5 months ago #3

I am in a similar boat myself: I got my Bachelor's in creative writing - fiction, and I want to go back to get my MFA, but the MFA would have no practical applications for my career. Instead I would be getting the MFA for me, to grow as a writer (which in my opinion isn't a career unless you become a best seller, even writers in academia have to be professors to support themselves as writers).

So while I don't know much about the application value of a PhD in education, I think the real question is this: Would you still want to get the degree, even if it DOESN'T help your career?
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