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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 gradsand current studentshave experienced during their College of Education online program.

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Pursuing Fair and Inclusive Learning Environments

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."

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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."

Equipped to Create Impactful Learning Experiences

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."

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Broadening Skills, Getting Equipped for Greater Contributions

Darrell Sampson, pursuing a Ed.D. in EPOL

"I am looking forward to being able to truly embrace the aim of this doctorate of education program in becoming a practitioner-researcher, partnering with school and university colleagues to further practical educational research, potentially doing some graduate teaching, and remaining engaged with education scholarship. The online Ed.D. program has both enriched my current work and skillset and set me up to contribute more largely to scholarship, leadership, and teaching in the future."

Understanding How Organizations, Teams, and Individuals Are Successful

Keith Hinds, M.Ed. '13, EPOL

"I believe Illinois to be instrumental in contributing to my ongoing career success. I finished my program with treasured relationships, alongside a solid foundation in the human resource development discipline. For those seeking to further their training and organizational development acumen, this online Master's in Education program is best-in-class."

Exploring Diverse Avenues in Education

Sydney Schwaller, pursuing a Ed.M. in EPOL

"With this online degree program, there have been tremendous opportunities to connect with my classmates in all parts of the world. Networking with both my professors and peers is one way I have been able to find like minded people and share our passion for education and fostering future global leaders with our students through our knowledge and guidance. I am excited to continue my education at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and look forward to all the opportunities to come."

Fulfilling Both Career and Academic Interests

Lisa Brown, Ed.M. '09 EPOL, Ed.D. '21, EPOL

"When I decided to continue my educational journey with a doctoral program, I knew the U of I College of Education's online programs had what I was looking for: live interaction in online classes from an institution with a respected reputation. What I found exceeded those expectations."

Innovation That Reaches All

Joshua Lewyckyj, Ed.D. '21, EPOL

"My experience in the online Learning Design and Leadership doctoral program was overwhelmingly positive. I cannot say enough about this program and the professorial leadership who continue to design, refine, and implement it."

Online Program a Perfect Match for Academic & Professional Needs

Carol Dimopoulos', Ed.D. '20 EPOL

"I chose to pursue my doctoral studies in Global Studies in Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the Education Policy, Organization & Leadership department based on several factors: the quality of faculty, the depth of the global focus, and a blended synchronous/asynchronous learning model."

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