Feb. 5th, 2008 @ 07:04 pm
I'm researching graduate schools now, and I'm wondering how important it is to match research interests with a faculty member. I don't have any specific research interests (is that a bad thing?), and I know that for PhD. programs matching interests with a potential advisor is important. Does the same hold true for EdS programs.
Thanks in advance!
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Well, in my experience since I wasn't doing a PhD program, and knew that I didn't have much interest in doing research in the future, I didn't care about matching interests with professors. I just did the research to get done with the program and get on with my life so to speak! Although, I'd make sure you are allowed to pick a research topic that is of interest to you b/c it will make the whole process go much more smoothly and it won't be so painful :-)
I will definitely make sure to ask about independent research projects. The research that the professors are doing is interesting stuff, just nothing that I actually care about. I think I'm making a bigger deal of this than I should be.
If you're doing an EdS program, you might not have to do your own huge research project. I'm getting my EdS right now at Rider, and there's no big research component to the program, which just got NASP accreditation. I mean, there are practica and the internship, and a couple of small research assignments throughout, but no big huge research thing. So, look into individual programs and see which have that listed as part of the course sequence, and which don't.
(p.s. where in jersey is 08060? i'm 08053 :)
For a few of the schools I've looked at (UCF's EdS, for instance) require either a thesis or research project during the third year/internship year. I should contact professors at different programs to see what their students do, but I'm not ready for that yet.
Stop making Rider's program sound so good! I want to get out of this state for a few years :D
(08060 = Mount Holly. Hi (sort of) neighbor!!)
well, if you're looking for out-of-state, i'm almost positive that william & mary's school psych (EdS) program does not have the research/thesis requirement . . . i applied there, but got wait-listed, so i ended up back in jersey. JMU might have that kind of requirement . . . this info might not be entirely accurate, though, because it's been 2 years since i was applying to grad school, so i haven't looked at any of the other school's stuff since then. but if you're looking in virginia, i'd definitely check those two out.
(08053 = marlton. hi! and good luck with your search!)
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