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Ed.D. with a concentration in Higher Education
– Required Courses

Core Courses

  • EDCO 800 Qualitative Data Analysis (3)
  • EFND 702 Research Design & Analysis (3)
  • EFND 705C Residency (2)
  • EFND 722 Educational Statistics (3)
  • EFND 800 Issues in Education (3)
  • EFND 906A Dissertation Research (5)
  • EFND 906B Dissertation Research (5)
  • EFND 906C Dissertation Research (5)

Some courses below may be waived for students possessing an Ed.S. or equivalent upon admission into the Ed.D.: Consult with the concentration advisor.

  • EDUC 700 Online Orientation (0)
  • ENGL 500 Graduate Academic Writing Seminar (if not exempt) (0)
  • UNIV LIB Information Research & Resources (0)
  • EADM 703 Advanced Theory & Practice of Leadership, Communication, & Organizations (3)
  • EFND 705A Residency (2)
  • EFND 705B Residency (2)
  • EFND 706 Christian Worldview for Educators (3)
  • EFND 715 Data-Driven Decision Making (3)

Concentration Courses

Complete 24 credit hours.

Required Courses

  • EDSL 710 The Adult Learner (3)
  • EHEA 803 The Law & Governance of Higher Education (3)

Some courses below may be waived for students possessing an Ed.S. or equivalent upon admission into the Ed.D.: Consult with the concentration advisor.

  • EDDE 820 Instructional Design for Online Learning (3)
  • EFND 723 History & Contemporary Issues of American Higher Education (3)
  • EHEA 801 The College & the Student (3)
  • EHEA 802 Higher Education Finance (3)
  • EHEA 807 Curriculum & Assessment for College/University Teaching (3)
  • EHEA 811 Administration & Organization Theory in Higher Education (3)

Ed.D. with a concentration in Higher Education
– Course Descriptions

EDCO 800 Qualitative Data Analysis (3) Theory and practice in analyzing qualitative data. Topics include coding, meaning generation, and validation.

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 705 A, B, C Residency (2) One-week, on campus requirement.

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 800 Issues in Education (3) An advanced examination of current educational issues and contributing factors.

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

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

EFND 906A Dissertation (5) Doctoral candidates will work with their dissertation committee to defend their proposal, research and 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 5 credit segments over 3 consecutive semesters.

EFND 906B Dissertation (5) Doctoral candidates will work with their dissertation committee to defend their proposal, research and 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 5 credit segments over 3 consecutive semesters.

EFND 906C Dissertation (5) Doctoral candidates will work with their dissertation committee to defend their proposal, research and 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 5 credit segments over 3 consecutive semesters.

EFND 907 Dissertation Continuation (3) 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.

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

ENGL 500 Graduate Academic Writing Seminar (0) Development of the scholarly writing skills of entering graduate students, including consistent standards in grammar and punctuation, academic style, avoiding plagiarism, and learning to critique academic works.

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.

EADM 703 Advanced Theory & Practice of Leadership Communication, & Organizations (3) Critical examination of theories and practices of leadership and communication as they relate to individuals and organizations within the context of educational systems.

EFND 706 Christian Worldview for Educators (3) Explores the development of a Christian worldview with a particular emphasis on Regent University's mission. Evaluates cultural and educational trends through the lens of a Christian worldview.

EFND 715 Data-Driven Decision Making (3) Descriptive statistics and data-driven decision making in problem-based learning applications.

EDSL 710 The Adult Learner (3) Provides an overview of the major theorists associated with adult learning based on historical and philosophical perspectives. This course will review and evaluate theory and research that make adult education a distinctive field of philosophy and practice.

EHEA 803 The Law & Governance of Higher Education (3) Provides historical and contemporary legal issues that have, and will continue to shape colleges and universities today. Discusses legal issues regarding the college and trustees, administrators and staff. Investigates the legal basis of higher education in the United States to include constitutional provisions and federal statutes that influence higher education policy. Prepares emergent administrators for preventative law measures in an increasing litigious environment. Cross-listed with EHEA 503.

EDDE 820 Instructional Design for Online Learning (3) Theoretical and experiential examination of the online learning instructional design process.

EFND 723 History & Contemporary Issues of American Higher Education (3) Overview of American higher education from the colonial period to the present. Form a foundational understanding of higher education and the origins of contemporary practices and problems within the academy. Investigate diverse institutions such as land grant colleges, historically black colleges and universities, research institutions, liberal arts colleges, religious colleges and universities and access to higher education. Examine and discuss early innovators of higher education and their policies. Cross-listed with EFND 523.

EHEA 801 The College and the Student (3) An examination of issues relevant to college students. Topics may include intellectual growth, moral development, values, career choice, psychosocial changes, and the role of extracurricular activities. Cross-listed with EHEA 501.

EHEA 802 Higher Education Finance (3) Focuses on the knowledge and skills required to effectively deal with financial changes and trends for institutions of higher education. Students will further their skills in analysis and evaluation of issues from various perspectives – administrative, consumer and societal (government and organizations in the private sector that influence the source and use of funds). Financial management of higher education (administrative perspective) focuses on effectiveness and efficiency issues associated with the use of funds. The consumer perspective (access and choice issues in financing students) focuses on the source of institutional funds; both state and federal policies and programs and budgeting will inform the learner from that perspective. Cross-listed with EHEA 502.

EHEA 807 Curriculum and Assessment for College/University Teaching (3) Centers on effective strategies for planning curricula and assessment procedures to a diverse group of learners—from 18 to adult age categories. Particular emphasis will be placed on: building an effective bibliography and syllabus; finding additional resources outside traditional boundaries of education (i.e. advanced technology application); examining a variety of assessment procedures that would be effective with diverse learners; choosing texts and materials, grading procedures and policies, etc. This course is open to all university doctoral students who are seeking a career in college or university teaching.

EHEA 811 Administration and Organization Theory in Higher Education (3) In-depth study of administrative roles, functions, knowledge and skill requirements, and administrative behavior. Trends in administrative theory and application explored.