Frequently Asked Questions

When considering a graduate degree, you first want to ask yourself a few questions:

What do you want your degree to do for you? Do you want initial licensure that will allow you to go into the classroom as a new teacher? Are you a current teacher looking to get an endorsement added to your current teaching license? Are you looking to work in higher education? Do you have a master’s degree and want to pursue your specialist or doctoral degree? Follow this link to see all of the programs we have available in the School of Education:

Once you have decided what to study, you will want to know what our admissions requirements are to see if you are eligible to apply for the degree. Follow this link and select your program of interest to see what you will need to apply: You can use this link to apply online too!

If you are applying to a degree-seeking program at either the master’s or post-master’s level and you plan to take at least two courses (6 credit hours) in the fall/spring semesters and at least one course (3 credit hours) in the summer semester, you are eligible to apply for federal financial aid. If you want to fill out your FASFA, you can follow this link:  

We also have several scholarships and other aid opportunities within the School of Education. Please follow this link to see if you qualify:


The professors at Regent University are regionally and nationally recognized leaders in their field. They have practical and applied experience in their subject area and truly care about your personal and spiritual growth. You will study with award winning professors such as:

Dr. Don Finn:  At the invitation of the board of the Virginia Literacy Fair, Dr. Don Finn, Regent Ed.D. Adult Education Faculty Advisor, was the keynote speaker at their May 19 annual meeting at Southside Virginia Community College. The Literacy Fair is an annual event for administrators and teachers of low-level adult learners and highlights the work of programs (public and non-profit) and teachers statewide.

Dr. Jenny Sue Flannigan: Congratulations to Dr. Jenny Sue Flannagan, SOE Faculty, on her appointment to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) K-12 Science Textbook Approval Committee. Dr. Flannigan is also running the Martinson Center for Mathematics & Science (MCMS), on Regent University's campus. The Martinson Center is answering the need to engage children in active learning to promote math and science achievement.

Dr. Gail Derrick: Dr. M. Gail Derrick, Professor in Regent University's School of Education, was recently appointed to the Advisory Committee on Adult Education and Literacy for the Virginia Board of Education. Derrick, will serve a three-year term of service beginning July 2011. The committee's purpose is to advise the Board of Education on policies, procedures and methods which help strengthen educational programs in Virginia.

And those are only three examples of our amazing faculty! Please follow this link to read more about each of our faculty members:

We have students at Regent University of all ages and from all walks of life, from those who have recently completed their undergraduate degrees to seasoned teachers who are ready to go back to school to remain current and competitive in today’s classroom. In addition, we have students with extensive career experience outside the field of education who are now ready to pursue a teaching degree in order to transition into the field of education. The average age of our students is 39 years of age, and 76 percent of our current students are studying on a part-time basis while they hold full-time jobs.

Our students truly represent diversity in every sense of the word!  You can follow this link to see information about what our alumni are doing:  

Master’s Level: The School of Education’s master's programs are designed to be rigorous and to meet the demands for a globally competent graduate. Typically 3 to 4 hours a week per credit hour is required for readings, research, completing assignments, or other tasks such as discussion boards in an online course. The key to success is to review syllabi in detail, know course expectations, stay up to date with course work, and maintain contact with your professors should problems arise.

Doctoral Level:  The School of Education’s doctoral studies are focused upon research, writing, and data analysis.  The student has the opportunity to investigate and research an area of interest that will contribute to the field of study within the concentration they select.  One can expect to read, write in a scholarly manner, conduct research, analyze data and defend the study. Time spent on course work is estimated at around 15 to 20 hours per week on average. The program is rigorous and prepares students for advanced leadership positions and at the same time allows the student to independently investigate an area of interest.

Online courses will vary depending upon the professor who is teaching them and the content of the course. You can expect to experience some, if not all, of the following things in your courses:

Weekly discussions

Assigned Reading

Writing papers


Group projects

Recorded lectures

PowerPoint Presentations

Various other teaching techniques

Once you have submitted an application and application fee and your application has been processed in our system, you will be assigned to an admissions processor.  Your admissions processor will serve as your primary point of contact for everything having to do with your application and supporting documents. He or she will remain your point of contact until you receive an admissions decision. Questions on your program of interest should still be directed to your assigned admissions counselor*; however, your admissions processor will keep you informed as to which pieces we have in our system. For a list of the application requirements, please follow this link:

Once you turn in your application, application fee, and all supporting documents for your program, you may be contacted for an interview. Within five business days of receiving a complete application (including your interview, if required), we will notify you of your admissions decision.


Note: If you do not pay your application fee, we will be unable to process your application, and you will not be assigned to an admissions processor. 

*Don’t know who your admissions counselor is? Call us at 757-352-4479 or email us at Be sure to tell us which city and state you live in.

The Graduate School of Education does consider accepting transfer credit. Please follow this link to see the specifics of our transfer policy:

There are several programs that require a summer residency to be completed during your program at Regent. Please see a brief description below of what you can expect from the summer residency that is associated with the required program.

The Ed.D. and Ph.D. residency takes place on the Virginia Beach Campus for one week (Monday-Friday). Three consecutive summer residencies are required, with 2 credit hours being awarded for each residency. Many students say this is their favorite part of their program! Students will meet professors & classmates, and attend helpful sessions. Activities include classes in preparation for doctoral writing, library research and Blackboard training, meeting with faculty advisor to design a schedule, research workshop, comprehensive exam preparation and attending lectures of well-known guest speakers. Regent University mirrors historical tradition of the applied doctoral degree by using intensive residencies. In view of this goal, waiving residency requirements is not an option.

The Educational Specialist (Ed.S) program requires a one-week summer residency that takes place on our Virginia Beach campus. During this week, students will attend classes, meet professors & classmates and attend helpful sessions. This week is a time for intense learning and rapport building and is an extremely important part of this degree.

If you are a Distance student, a one-week required residency is held on the Virginia Beach campus. This is an integral part of your learning, so the week is a required element of your program. This face-to-face format allows students to attend one class and meet the requirements for their degree while making important connections with their faculty members and classmates.

If you are applying to a master’s program, no. Many of our programs do require other exams for admission (i.e. Praxis exams, the MAT, the VCLA), but the GRE is not a requirement for any master’s degree. Please follow this link to see a full list of the requirements:

If you are applying to the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) program, we need either the MAT or the GRE taken within the last five years. Please follow this link to see a full list of the requirements:

If you are applying to an Ed.D. or Ph.D. program, YES. This is a hard-and-fast requirement, and we are not able to waive it for any application. Scores must be current (within the last five years). Please follow this link to see a full list of the requirements:

If you have further questions about this, you can contact your admissions counselor by calling 757-352-4479.

We are highly dedicated to being a military friendly university. We have several options for ways to use your military benefits. Please follow this link to see all we have available:

Yes. We are accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Our accreditation demonstrates that we have been through a rigorous review process and speaks to the quality of our programs. We work very closely with SACS to keep our programs in line with their requirements for high standards of excellence.

In addition, our teacher education and endorsement programs are accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) which is one of two national accreditation agencies for the field of education. TEAC accreditation demonstrates that we work closely with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to make sure our VDOE-approved programs are in line with best practices to help our students become highly qualified educators once they have completed their program. We are also Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) accredited.

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All applicants are required to submit a timed writing sample for review. This sample is administered through the ETS Criterion Service. Explicit instructions can be found at the link below. This writing sample is used to assess your writing ability and is a technically graded document that focuses on flow, grammar, style, etc. Using the directions on your application checklist for your selected program found at, an applicant must simply log into the ETS website, create a username and password, select one of the three offered topics, and write 400 words on the topic in the provided 40 minutes. Please do not wait until the last minute to complete this sample. It is an important part of the application process.

Note: If you are applying to the Ed.S., Ed.D., or Ph.D. programs, you will submit another writing sample known as an Educational/Professional Paper in addition to the timed writing sample.  Please follow this link to read more about the master’s level professional paper requirement in addition to your other admissions requirements:

We offer non-degree seeking courses for credit at a discounted tuition rate.  This is an option if your goal is to take only one or two courses with Regent University’s School of Education. The benefits of taking a course as non-degree seeking student are that they may be used to help keep your teaching license current, they may be used to test a course before committing to a full program, and depending on your major, the credits may transfer into a degree seeking program.

Please follow this link to learn more:

Note: These courses are not eligible for federal aid. Continuing Education courses not available for all programs of study.

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