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Ed.D. Christian Education Leadership Cognate - Course Sequence

First Semester - Summer

  • EDUC 700: Online Orientation (0 credits)
  • EFND 705A: Residency (2 credits)
  • UNIV LIB: Information, Research, and Resources (0 credits)
  • EFND 706 Christian Worldview for Educators (3 credits)

Year 1 - Fall

  • EFND 702: Research Design & Analysis (3 credits)  
  • EFND 707: Advanced Study of Worldview (3 credits)

Year 1 - Spring

  • EFND 701: Advanced Human Learning & Motivational Development (3 credits)
  • EFND 722: Educational Statistics (3 credits)

Year 1 – Summer

  • EADM 703: Advanced Theory & Practice of Leadership & Organizations (3 credits)
  • EADM 705: Effective Communication & Conflict Resolution (3 credits)
  • EFND 705B: Residency (2 credits) 

Year 2 – Fall

  • ECEL 710: Christian Education - Philosophy (3 or 6 credits)

Year 2 – Spring

  • ECEL 720 Curriculum and Instruction (3 or 6 credits)

Year 2 – Summer

  • EFND 705C: Residency (2 credits)*
  • ECEL 740 Research on Christian Education Leadership (3 or 6 credits)

Note: The three optional courses below constitute an emphasis in School Leadership. CEL electives can also be taken from other cognates.

  • ECEL 751: Advanced Finance for Christian Schools (3 credits) - fall
  • ECEL 752: Advanced Theory and Practices in the Operation of a Christian School (3 credits) - Summer
  • ECEL 753: Advanced Staff Development for Christian Schools (3 credits) - Spring

* Candidacy Exams are required and will be given on-campus during the EFND 705C Residency. Students who pass Candidacy Exams will continue on to the dissertation phase of the program with EFND 906A.

Year 3 – Fall

  • EFND 906A: Dissertation (5 credits)

Year 3 – Spring

  • EFND 906B: Dissertation (5 credits)

Year 3 - Summer

  • EFND 906C: Dissertation (5 credits)

Dissertation Continuation

  • EFND 907: Dissertation Continuation (3 credits)*

*If a student has not defended their dissertation after completing EFND 906A, B & C, they will enroll into this class each term until they defend or their program time limit is up. EFND 907 Dissertation Continuation (3 credits)

Ed. D. Christian Education Leadership Cognate - Course Descriptions

EADM 703 Advanced Theory & Practice of Leadership & Organizations (3) A critical examination of leadership and organizational theories and their corresponding practices within the context of educational systems. Critical assessment and practical application and exploration of effective and ethical leadership practices, systems theory, culture, and change processes as they relate to individuals and organizations.

EADM 705 Effective Communication & Conflict Resolution (3) The key to healthy organizations is productive communication and conflict resolution. Provides a communication-based perspective for organizations and leadership in a diverse society. Review and translate into practice research on team process management, consensus building and negotiation skills. Apply the particular communication skills into your respective contexts as evidenced by video role-play, case study analysis and/or feedback from peers, faculty and supervisors.

ECEL 710 Christian Education Philosophy (3 or 6) Covers foundational aspects of Christian education to include faith and learning integration, mission and purpose, world and life views, the Christian mind and historical precedents. Students are expected to incorporate these understandings personally and specify how they will be demonstrated in professional areas of interest. The course serves as the foundational basis to the subsequent ECEL 720 course.  When taken for 6 credits, it provides the intensive depth of philosophical/theological understandings essential for teaching, research, and curriculum development activities in Christian Education.  When taken for 3 credits, typically in conjunction with a paired Christian Education Leadership course, it focuses on philosophical/theological concomitant to directing the work of others in Christian Education institutions.

ECEL 720 Christian Education – Curriculum and Instruction (3 or 6) Covers the full range of intervention activities and materials designed for Christian education outcomes. Specialize in selected content areas, age/grade ranges, etc.; common themes include apologetics, character formation and historical precedents. Develop, with rational and professional expertise, appropriate curriculum and instruction for a model program.  When taken for 6 credits the course focuses on the in-depth selection and/or development of curriculum for targeted Christian Education content.  When taken for 3 credits it links typically to a paired Christian Education Leadership course to prepare for management/leadership of Christian Education institutions.  Prerequisite: ECEL 710

ECEL 740 Research on Christian Education Leadership (3 or 6 credits) An investigation of biblical principles and research related to developing instructional leadership in Christian education resulting in effective student outcomes. Evaluation of research solutions to problems faced in a variety of education settings are investigated. Attention is given to biblical leadership principles and strategies, techniques of working with teachers, and focusing on growth in student outcomes.

ECEL 751 Advanced Finance Principles and Practice for Christian Schools (3) Learners will become familiar with finance and funds development principles and models as well as major trends and issues in the study of resource acquisition and use in Christian schools and auxiliary enterprises.  Financial management and stewardship of the Christian school will be examined with special reference to the skills and practices required to support excellence in student achievement in Christian schools.  Biblical presuppositions and World View precepts and issues will be explored.   Learners will critically assess, then apply the biblical principles to their own experiences and develop a heightened biblical approach to finance and funds development.

ECEL 752 Advanced Principles and Practices in the Operation of a Christian School (3) Learners explore leadership, organizational development and management principles and practices as well as major trends and issues in the study of operating a Christian school and auxiliary enterprises.  Leadership, management and administration of the Christian school will be examined with the focus on excellence in student growth and development from a holistic perspective.  Biblical presuppositions and World View precepts and issues will be explored.  Learners critically assess, then apply the biblical principles to their own experiences and develop a deeper biblical approach to leading and managing a Christian school.

ECEL 753 Advanced Staff Development Principles and Practices for Christian Schools (3) Learners explore personnel principles and practices as well as major trends and issues in the study of faculty/staff growth and development in a Christian school.  Models and principles underlying best practices that produce exemplary character and maturity among key stakeholders will be examined.  biblical presuppositions and World View precepts and issues will be explored with the focus on producing staff modeling biblical excellence in a Christian school setting.  Learners critically assess, then apply the biblical principles to their own experience and develop a holistic approach to staff development.

EDUC 700 Online Orientation (0) Required during the first semester of enrollment in some programs; acclimates students to Blackboard, the platform off which online classes are launched.

EFND 701 Advanced Human Learning & Motivational Development (3) Major theories in developmental psychology using select criteria including a Christian worldview.

EFND 702 Research Design & Analysis (3) Overview of scholarly research and methods to evaluate research.  Presents the basic concepts of quantitative and qualitative research methods and the diverse approaches to scholarly inquiry and reflective practice.

EFND 705A Residency – Year One (2) One-week orientation to the Ed.D program; meet professors and classmates, and attend helpful sessions. Activities include classes in preparation for doctoral writing, library research and Blackboard training. Faculty will address your questions, concerns and challenges for the upcoming year.

EFND 705B Residency – Year Two (2)After completing your first year in the Ed.D program meet individually with your cognate advisor to design a schedule for cognate courses. Also meet in classes, participate in a research workshop and attend other residency activities.

EFND 705C Residency – Year Three (2) After completing two years in the Ed.D. program.

EFND 706 Christian World View for Educators (3)  Provides essential understandings and competencies regarding the biblically inspired role of Christians in education with a particular focus on Regent University’s mission to equip Christian leaders to impact the world for Christ.  A foundation is laid in this course for investigating and interpreting other world views.

EFND 707 Advanced Study of Worldview (3) Centers around issues of competing epistemologies to the historic Christian faith and tradition such as: postmodernism, Marxism, secular positivism, non-theistic evolution and other philosophies that hold a dominant position of discourse and debate in the academy. The aim is to compare and contrast these ideologies to our historic faith traditions.  A beginning knowledge of worldview is expected of students prior to taking this course. Cross-listed with EFND 607.

EFND 722 Educational Statistics (3) Basic understanding of statistical methods, particularly as they pertain to research in education. Focuses on conceptual rather than mathematical and applied rather than theoretical—understand why a particular statistical technique is appropriate and how to make sense of the results obtained from its utilization rather than to understand the full mathematical underpinnings of the statistic. SPSS will be used as a productivity tool to perform all statistical procedures. Specific topics include descriptive statistics, visual representation of data, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation. 

EFND 898 Candidacy Examination Continuation (6) In order for doctoral students to remain active in the program after an unsuccessful attempt to complete the comprehensive writing assessment, they must register for EFND 898. During the registered semester, students should review course material to attempt to successfully complete the writing assessment at a later date.

EFND 899 Candidacy Examination Extension (0) Doctoral students who have been granted approval to take the comprehensive writing assessment later than the summer of their second year must register for this course in order to remain active in the program.

EFND 906A Dissertation (5) Doctoral candidates will work with their dissertation committee to defend their proposal, collect data, write and defend five chapters of their dissertation.  Each candidate must register for a minimum of 15 dissertation credits.  The credits will be equally distributed into 6 credit segments over 3 consecutive semesters.

EFND 906B Dissertation (5) Doctoral candidates will work with their dissertation committee to defend their proposal, collect data, write and defend five chapters of their dissertation.  Each candidate must register for a minimum of 15 dissertation credits.  The credits will be equally distributed into 6 credit segments over 3 consecutive semesters.

EFND 906C Dissertation (5) Doctoral candidates will work with their dissertation committee to defend their proposal, collect data, write and defend five chapters of their dissertation.  Each candidate must register for a minimum of 15 dissertation credits.  The credits will be equally distributed into 6 credit segments over 3 consecutive semesters.

EFND 907 Dissertation Continuation (3) This course is designed for doctoral candidates who have not successfully defended their dissertation within 3 semesters, as required by the School of Education doctoral program.  Students will enroll in this course each semester and work closely with their dissertation committee until they have successfully defended their dissertation as required by the program.

UNIV LIB Information Research & Resources (0) Teaches basic competencies in the use of computer and related information technology research and resources, including use of the library. Enroll in the course in the first semester. Required for graduation. Pass/No Pass.

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