The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a top-tier research university known for producing some of the most passionate and innovative alumni the world over. Learn what recent grads—and current students—have experienced during their College of Education online program.
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Danielle Huff, Ed.D. '20, EPOL
"I would ultimately like to work in policy with the Department of Education at the federal or state level. I believe Education at Illinois' Diversity and Equity in Education program and my experiences as a teacher, dean, curriculum specialist, and administrator have truly prepared me to advocate for students through policy."
Growing Academic Roots While Teaching Abroad
Mark Brandin, Ed.D. '21, EPOL
"I currently live in Peru and the chances to work toward a doctorate while also working full time was very limited. I was thrilled when I learned about the GSE program at Illinois, as I had been looking for a quality online program for years. I never for once felt that I was receiving "less" of an education for not attending in-person classes. In fact, I always felt deeply rooted into the Illinois learning community. Our classes were engaging and lively, with productive social interaction. Once I reached the dissertation stage I was supported throughout the entire process. I am proud to be an Illini and feel that I am so, even though I did not step foot on campus!"
Support That Engages and Transforms
Erin Mills, Current Ed.D. Candidate, EPOL
"From the outset, the online doctoral program has been a transformative experience that has exceeded my expectations of what 'online education' meant. Online at Illinois means connecting with peers, faculty, and a wide range of support in real time to help you meet your professional and learning goals. As a teacher and mother of two little ones under the age of five, I need the support and accountability that interaction with professors, advisers, and classmates offers. I have learned so much from my peers and the faculty, whose expertise is transmitted through an atmosphere of professionalism and care."
Insights Translating to Immediate Impact
Spencer Long, Ed.D. '21, EPOL
"Eye-opening. Thought-provoking. Forward-thinking. These are just a few terms that come to mind when I reflect upon my online Ed.D. in Learning Design and Leadership journey. The LDL program presents a curriculum that challenges the status quo approach to teaching and learning and provides a path for more inclusive learning where all students can participate and learn from each other. I am already developing ways to expand new learning in other aspects of our organization. I couldn't have asked for a more supportive community or faculty members."
Teresa La, Ed.M. '22, EPOL
"As my online coursework at Illinois progressed, so did my responsibilities at work. I felt more confident and comfortable taking on complex tasks concerning the application of systematic processes used to improve workplace performance and individual learning. Now, I am equipped with all the current knowledge and tools needed to create impactful learning experiences for my organization, department, and individuals. I am happy to report that I have received a promotion and am now working as a senior instructional designer with managerial responsibilities. This would not have been possible without the online educational experience I had at Illinois."