Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) – Higher Education

Degree Overview

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).

Concentration Description

The online Doctor of Education with a concentration in Higher Education is designed for educational professionals who are seeking an initial entry-level position as a college professor, researcher, or administrator, or who are in current positions where the doctorate is the required or preferred degree for advancement. Students should have either a part-time or full-time position in a higher education institution, or possess a background that is widely considered to be comparable to higher education.

Program Highlights

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. School division cohorts are also offered in varying formats.
Results: Doctor of Education degree with a concentration in Higher 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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Hank Kelly, Ed.D., Regent Graduate
Hank Kelly, Ed.D.
Provost, Ohio Christian University
Regent Graduate, 2006

"Regent provided me the foundation I needed to advance in higher education."

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