The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), primarily an online program with some face-to-face requirements, is designed to facilitate the learning styles of adults by providing a collaborative community for higher-level thinking and problem solving. Undergirding the program are four key components: critical thinking, scholarly research that informs practice, writing, and learning from a Christian worldview. All students must complete a culminating experience: the submission and successful defense of a doctoral dissertation. Students possessing an Ed.S. or equivalent may be admitted to the Ed.D. program with advanced standing after a review of their post-master’s transcript(s).
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 online Doctor of Education with a concentration in Character Education, Regent University has designed a concentration that makes a positive impact on students by specifically focusing upon sound character education theory and up-to-date research in the area of character education. In addition, the Ed.D. in Character Education 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 Ed.D. 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.
Length: 66 credit hour minimum (an additional 35 or more hours beyond the Ed.S. or its equivalent)
Format: Offered in a cohort model, students may begin the program in the fall, spring or summer semesters. Courses are delivered online with some required face-to-face components, including a one-week residency each summer of the program. School division cohorts are also offered in varying formats.
Results: Doctor of Education degree with a concentration in Character Education. The Ed.S. is awarded after completion of 31 credit hours. The Doctor of Education degree is awarded after completion of 66+ credit hours.
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Features: Online coursework, concentration and dissertation advisor, on-campus residencies.
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