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  1. That's such great news (for some)! A huge weight off of your shoulders. There's something kind of pleasant about thinking through all your accomplishments and how you'll package them in your letters, but GRE studying feels quite miserable for so many folks.
  2. No decisions on fall 2021 yet!
  3. My first recommendation would be to do an EdD rather than a Phd if you want to work as a school administrator.
  4. I think that they (admissions) clearly state that there's no master's-doctorate pathway because of the numbers. If you have 800-ish master's students and 30 doc students, giving new master's admits the impression that the PhD is a likely next step isn't fair, accurate, or in anyone's best interest. I think their message is, " come here for your master's if you truly want a master's, not just as an intermediate step toward the doctorate". I can imagine that if you came to HGSE for a master's, applied for the PhD while you were here and were denied admission , you'd find out during your spring q
  5. Classes: There's a period at the beginning of the semester where you can kind of sample courses before making your final decisions. I would recommend being extremely active during that period. Even if you choose not to take a course, just the exposure to the subject matter and the professor could be helpful later. My only courses outside of the Ed school were language courses at GSAS. There will almost definitely be more courses that interest you at the Ed school than you can possibly take, so I think that quite a few people who like the idea of cross-registering don't quite get around to it
  6. You just need to make a choice, for admission's sake. It's going to be unnecessarily challenging to get accepted if you try to craft an SoP and incorporate all of those things. I'm not sure what kind(s) of program(s) you're applying to, but if you're thinking full-time and funded, then you'll have to make a direct connection with a professor or a department. This professor will most likely have very focused interests and their willingness to bring you in as an advisee will often be based on how your interests align with theirs. Personally, I crafted a super-focused SoP, but assessed the schoo
  7. Hi Everyone! I'm a recent HGSE graduate and writer for a graduate admission tips/advice blog called The Evolved Graduate ( evolvedgrad.com ). On the blog, I draw heavily on my experience at HGSE, and I hope that it's helpful to you as you make your way through the application process. I thought I'd get the ball rolling here for 2021 applicants. The HGSE 2020 thread has a longer life this season because of the second around of admissions, but I can imagine that 2021 applicants will soon arrive in larger numbers. I really enjoyed my time at HGSE, learned many lessons ( some on time, some to
  8. You said " it seems like you're just supposed to know how to do this", but I wonder if having conversations with folks at schools you're interested in would provide you with a bit more clarity.
  9. When I earned my first master's degree, I had an interest in teaching, but no real training. I wanted to teach ESL and wanted more than a certificate, so I choose applied linguistics for my program. That degree got me going. Once I finished that program, I found that teachers wanted me to do reading groups with ESL students, and while I was figuring it out slowly but surely, I wanted an opportunity to read foundational texts and research, and I wanted to complement my practical experience with a deeper understanding of the literature. I bring up these two examples to highlight the way that the
  10. Language and Literacy at HGSE
  11. I'd say activism is a part of it, but you're really there to teach children. The activism might live in how you teach them, what you teach them, and how you advocate for them and their families with other stakeholders. I've seen teachers erode any standing they had in their school community by conflating advocacy and education, but I've also seen teachers propel themselves more quickly toward better pedagogy because of their activist ambitions.
  12. Hello! Good on you for thinking about this early. Here are my answers to your questions: How many papers published? 1-5, depending on your field and the focus of your school. Some universities push this harder than others. Do lots of PhDs do postdoc? It's a calculated decision, and I wouldn't say it's super common. Students/Faculty that I know who've done it did so for reasons like " There was a phenomenal lab that I wanted to work in, and this was the best way to get that experience", " The economy and job market were sh*t", or " I wanted to see how another university was appr
  13. Hi all, Congrats to all those who've been admitted! I was 3/3 admit as Harvard/Stanford/Upenn, and glad to support all of you in this process in any way that's helpful. People are always looking for tips about how to get in, so I thought I'd offer one: "Write" your letters of recommendation without actually writing them. When you ask someone to write you a letter, you are hoping that 1) the person that you've asked is a great writer and 2) that they highlight some aspect of your story that will make you desirable for the schools to which you apply. You have no control over their wri
  14. To echo previous comments, nothing about what you've posted would preclude you from getting in to HGSE. My questions would be about your recommendations and your SoP. Absolutely critical parts of your application, and any assessment of your chances without them wouldn't be accurate. I'll say that increasing access to high-quality education for the children who are not currently getting it is something they look for. Best of luck! 3/3 admit at Harvard/Stanford/Upenn, shoot me a message if you have any questions! Jeremy Evolvedgrad.com
  15. Seconding what @iheartscience said, it's the essays. There will be some folks in each cohort who have academic/testing profiles similar to yours, whether they post on GradeCafe or not. Some of you will get in and some of you won't, and the ones who get in will be those with the most compelling reasons for pursuing a career in education. In the programs you listed, you would spend varied amounts of time in actual classrooms in schools. As you are crafting your statement, I think it would benefit you to include something to the effect of, " among the top teacher ed programs in the country, this
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