I am in my 23rd year of teaching at the public schools. I love what I do and as some refer... I am a 'lifer.' I am 45 yrs. old and wanting to start my Ed.D. The program is estimated to be completed in 3yrs as I already have an MA and 18 additional graduate course work hours that some will likely transfer. I believe I will be 48 or 49 when I finish. My goal is to take the Ed.D. and my 26/27 yrs public education and move into a university setting and apply and pour into aspiring students who wish to become teachers as well as be a supervisor of student teachers. I have thought of other ideas too like working more at a district level within a school district where my Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with the emphasis in curriculum and instruction or special education could be of value. My greatest concern is I will do all this work for nothing and be considered too old and overlooked. Anyone have any wisdom to impart as I ponder this decision????