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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Character Education

Degree Overview

Kalyn Mace Guilloux, Current Ed.D. Student
Kalyn Mace Guilloux
Current Ed.D. Student
& Doctoral Fellow


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future in ways that I
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The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) is delivered primarily online (along with one-week summer residencies) and is designed to facilitate the learning styles of adults and provide a collaborative community for higher-level thinking and problem solving. The problem-based curriculum, applied dissertation projects, and individually designed cognates allow for a tailor-made program. Undergirding the entire program is critical thinking, scholarly research, writing, and learning from a Christian worldview. The capstone project, as with any doctoral program, is the submission and defense of a doctoral dissertation.


Spring & Summer 2015 Cohorts:
Ed.D. cohorts will begin in January and mid-June and a four-day residency will be held July 13-16, 2015 at our Virginia Beach Campus.

Doctorate in Character Education Highlights

Courses: View Course Sequence and Descriptions
Length: 60 credit hours. May be completed in as little as 3 years.
Format: Offered in a cohort model. Students may begin the program in the spring or summer semesters. Courses are offered online with a one-week residency each summer of the program. School division cohorts are also offered in varying formats.
Results: Doctor of Education degree. The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) is awarded after completion of 30 credit hours. The Doctor of Education degree is awarded after completion of 60 credit hours.
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Features: Online coursework, cognate and dissertation advisor, on-campus residencies.

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Cognate Description

Regent University recognizes the need to provide excellently trained professionals who can teach and lead, not only in K-12 education settings but also at the undergraduate and graduate levels of preparation. Through its Doctor of Education in Character Education, Regent University has designed a cognate that specifically focuses upon sound theory and up-to-date research in the area of character education. In addition, the Character Education cognate builds upon and extends the recognized work of the National Character Education Clearing House, established at Regent University by the U.S. Department of Education. Participants in Regent University’s doctoral program, with emphasis in character education, will have at their fingertips the best materials currently available in the field, as well as interaction with faculty who are leading innovative and effective programs on a local, state, and national level.


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Doctorate in Character Education graduates will be able to:

  • Identify, respond to, and lead in important local, national, and global educational issues in a Christ-like manner from informed Biblical perspectives.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how key theories inform planning, administration, policy, and professional practice.
  • Evaluate educational research from theoretical and methodological perspectives in order to determine its contribution to policy and professional practice.
  • Solve problems associated with planning, administration, policy, and professional practice by
    • analyzing data;
    • synthesizing information; and
    • applying critical thinking
  • Provide intellectual leadership in producing and communicating action research to significantly impact respective professional spheres of education
  • Demonstrate integrity, fairness, and ethical behavior in a Christ-like manner in planning, administration, policy development, problem solving, and professional practice.