i started my Masters in 1992 and did the course work, part-time, for two years. Then life, single parenting, divorce, more single parenting and five family moves intervened. In late 2002 i contacted my favourite prof (this was UNI SA, not Murdoch (oops! isn’t this blog supposed to be supporting Murdoch?)) and asked what the possibilities of continuing my studies were. He told me to write to the Dean of the Faculty and explain my situation to see if they were willing to take me on again. They did and the rest is history: i did some action research revolving around the teacher training i was then doing in rural Malaysia; wrote it up; submitted it and managed to graduate a full decade after i was originally scheduled to. That M.Ed. allowed me to apply for the Ed. D. i’m registered in now.