I am pleased and excited to announce that I have been accepted into Immaculata University's graduate program, and I will begin working toward my Doctorate in Educational Leadership this fall!
I first heard about the program when I contacted a friend who has had a similar career path -- a soprano with an English degree who directed and performed in theatre -- and who has moved from the classroom to administrative work, earning her doctorate all while raising her child with her husband locally. I have always wanted to pursue my PhD, but I refuse to drive to Penn State (the only University near us which such a program) several days a week while my children are so young and active in school. I learned that this friend participated in a cohort through Immaculata and that a new one would be starting near me.
After talking it over with Gene, who was incredibly supportive, I decided to apply. I had to submit an application, references from my principals, a statement of intent/beliefs, and transcripts. After they reviewed my materials, they invited me to an interview, and about a week later, the acceptance letter arrived in the mail.
The program is teacher-friendly: I will take one class at a time, one night a week, for a total of 2 per semester. All courses are taught by professors and professionals in the field (School Law by an experience attorney, for example) at a nearby school district. I have the option to take summer courses online, which I will do for some prerequisites that I need, but otherwise, the instruction is in real life. After three years of courses, I will begin my dissertation. At this time, I think I will add the principal and supervisory certifications, but those specifics may take a different shape as I advance through the curriculum.
I've always loved a challenge, and I expect juggling graduate work, a full-time teaching job, three children, and the theatre program to afford me all the challenges I will want and more over the next few years. For now, I am beyond excited to begin a new adventure, with Gene and the kids enthusiastically cheering me on.