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Determine Your Readiness for Doctoral Studies

Ended Jul 23, 2017

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Full course description

Course Date:

Jun 26 - Jul 23, 2017


4 Weeks


30 min/week



Course Type:





Determine Your Readiness for Doctoral Studies is a course for individuals interested in discovering what it takes to complete a doctorate. You will learn about critical thinking, how people learn and what part personality plays in how individuals learn. This four-week course uses videos to inspire class discussions. Quizzes help students discover how their individual learning styles and personalities play a role in completing advanced graduate work. Reflective journaling on interesting reading assignments allow students to make sense of what they are learning. The course ends with an exploration of four Ph.D. programs and an opportunity to ask questions of the program chairs of each.

IDT Mission Statement

The mission of the Keiser University Instructional Design and Technology Program is to create stimulating learning environments so that current and future instructional design professionals gain knowledge and skills to be successful in the field.


  • Gain a broad understanding of what it takes to earn a PhD and the advantages of a PhD.
  • Understand your potential as a learner and thinker.
  • Appreciate how your personality can contribute to your success as a PhD candidate.
  • Find answers all of your questions about beginning a PhD program.

Prerequisites: Students must have an earned a 3.0 or better in a master’s program from an accredited institution of higher education.

Target Audience: Those individuals who are interested in discovering what it takes to complete a doctorate.

Course is offered by Keiser University.

Course Instructors

Sue Adragna

Dr. Sue Adragna


Dr. Sue Adragna (or “Dr. Sue”) earned her PhD online from Capella University. She has an EdS in professional teaching from Stetson University, holds a MAT in music education from Rollins College, and a BM in music theory and piano from the Manhattan School of Music. Dr. Sue has a diverse education and work history—23 years in business and 19 in K-12 and higher education.

Kelly Gatewood

Dr. Kelly Gatewood


Dr. Kelly Gatewood received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. After which she earned a Ph.D. in Administration, Curriculum and Instruction in 1997. She has worked as a chemistry teacher and professional development specialist for the Omaha Public Schools and served as the State Director for the Building a Presence in Science National Science Foundation and National Science Teachers Association initiative.