The Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a concentration in Higher Education is an online degree that will prepare you to teach or to work as a postsecondary administrator. The research-based Ph.D. will prepare you more specifically for a career in academia. You will gain a deeper understanding of college administration as you explore how key theories inform planning, administration, policy and professional practice.
Delivery Format: Online w/Residency
Total Credit Hours Required: 75 +
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Critical examination of theories and practices of leadership and communication as they relate to individuals and organizations within the context of educational systems.
Theory and practice in analyzing qualitative data. Topics include coding, meaning generation and validation.
Examines strategic planning and the role of program evaluation in the planning/implementation/evaluation cycle to include the curriculum planning process. Topics include various theoretical and philosophical perspectives, alternative evaluation designs and related methodologies including collaborative action research and issues related to design, measurement and utilization. The goal is to help educators become active collaborators in the evaluation process and to give them the tools to judge the value of an evaluation. Whether the task is designing an internal evaluation of a local program, contracting for an external evaluation at the district level, or critically reviewing an evaluation report as a basis for making an administrative decision, this course offers important leadership preparation. Each student will prepare an evaluability assessment related to a self-selected educational program in his/her area of concentration. Prerequisite: a graduate level research course. Cross-listed with EDCO 501.
Covers statistical procedures used for structure and reliability analysis as applied to educational research with emphasis on understanding the research context, assumptions, notations and interpretations associated with each statistical procedures. Major topics include factor analysis, an introduction to structural equation modeling and reliability analysis to include alternate form reliability, test-retest reliability, inter-tester reliability and internal consistency (i.e., split-half to include use of the Spearman-Brown prophecy formula, Kudder-Richardson formulas and Cronbach's coefficient alpha). SPSS will be used for all statistical calculations. Prerequisites: EFND 702 and Educational Statistics.
One-week, on-campus requirement.
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.
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.
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.
Introduction to descriptive statistical analysis and the purpose of statistical treatments and interpretation of results that may identify and inform sound financial and other educational decisions. Pass/No Pass.
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.
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.
Designed to provide advanced skills and knowledge to doctoral students for them to design and carry out and evaluate sophisticated research studies. As an advanced course it provides an in-depth examination of the issues and problems facing the educational researcher as he/she organizes a research study or a program evaluation. The course is not bound to any one paradigm, but examines educational research from various perspectives. The course focuses on the theory behind the methodology, advanced research design techniques and associated statistical procedures, internal and external validity, mixed methodology and qualitative research tools common to the practice of education. Prerequisites: EFND 702, EFND 722.
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.
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.
An online two-credit course designed to help acclimate students to Regent University and online learning. It will provide the knowledge, resources and essential skills needed for success at the graduate level. Topics include academic writing, online learning, information literacy, and advising and support services. It may be required for some students as a condition of admission, and may substitute for UNIV LIB Information Research and Resources and/or ENGL 500 Graduate Academic Writing Seminar.
In this exploding age of information, it is the objective of the library faculty to prepare graduates to be on the cutting edge of information technology. Information literacy is the ability to effectively access information for problem solving and decision making; thus, the knowledge and abilities you glean from this course will open doors to lifelong learning. It is imperative for graduate study research. Since the information learned in this course is a vital foundation for all other coursework, its completion is required within the first semester of study. The course takes approximately 10 hours to complete.
Application Process – Doctoral Programs (Ed.D./Ph.D.)
Step 1: Application
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.
Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.
Step 2: Application Fee
Pay the $50 application fee online during the application process, via our Miscellaneous Payments Form or by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.
Fee Waiver: Attend a graduate School of Education on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources, and waive your $50 application fee.
Step 3: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts
Regent University's Office of the Registrar is requesting your official transcripts from your degree-granting institution, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor's and master's degree program. We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript in order to gain you an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to email@example.com using the subject line: SOE Doctoral Application Pieces.
Step 4: Current Résumé
Provide a professional résumé of employment and accomplishments, including copies of published materials. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line: SOE Doctoral Application Pieces or fax to 757.352.4725.
Step 5: Writing Samples
Doctoral applicants are required to submit a sample of their master’s level work, a paper of at least five pages in length. Individuals that can no longer access their master’s level work may submit a professional writing sample of the same length or may compose an academic paper on an educational topic.
Educational/professional papers should be emailed to email@example.com using the subject line:
EDU Doctoral Application Pieces.
In addition, doctoral applicants must submit a second writing sample which will be evaluated using the ETS Criterion Service. Submit a single Criterion writing sample using the directions below. Multiple Criterion writing samples will not be considered.
Step 6: GRE Scores
Arrange to have official GRE scores (no more than five years old) sent directly to Regent University. Regent ETS code: 5135.
Step 7: Admissions Interview
If an interview is necessary, the admissions office will contact you to schedule an appointment. The interview can be conducted on-campus or over the phone and typically takes about an hour.
Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.
Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is:
|Degree Level / Program||Cost Per Credit Hour|
|Ed.D. & Ph.D.||$775/credit hour|
(The Ed.S. program & tuition rate counts toward the first 31 credit hours of the Ed.D./Ph.D. Remaining credit hours toward a doctoral degree incur the higher tuition rate.)
|Technology Fee||$250 per term|
|Parking Fee (On-Campus Students)||$100 per term|
|Council of Graduate Students Fee||$15 for spring & fall terms|
Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.
The Ed.S., Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs are committed to the historical foundations of the specialist doctoral degrees in which a community of scholars and experts is created among faculty-mentors, successful professionals in the field, and learners. Regent University mirrors historical tradition by using intensive residencies. Residencies occur in the summer, and they allow learners to interface with faculty and other students to provide specialized professional experiences outside the usual course of study and provide interaction with various constituencies. In view of this goal, waiving residency requirements will not be considered. Two residencies are required, with 2 credit hours being awarded for each residency. Residency takes place on the VB campus typically for four days with the 2017 residency occurring July 10-13.
Travel and Lodging
Campus and Local Area
If you are making travel arrangements, Norfolk International Airport (ORF) is approximately 9 miles (15 min.) from Regent University. Newport News – Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) is approximately 35 miles (45 min.) from Regent. Richmond International Airport (RIC) is approximately 92 miles (1 hr. 30 min.) from Regent. If you are staying at The Founders Inn and will be arriving at Norfolk International Airport, you may call the hotel to make arrangements for the shuttle to pick you up from the airport. (757) 424-5511 – Ask for Guest Services.
Please keep in mind that residency is mandatory for the Ed.S., Ed.D., and Ph.D. programs. An important means to assess your skills, quality of thought, and growth as a learner, every student is required to attend every scheduled session/activity. Attendance will be recorded and an unapproved absence from any session will likely result in a failure for the course and thus the forfeiture of the 2 credits necessary for completion of this program requirement.
A Ph.D. student will (a) complete 21 hours associated with the Ed.D. core curriculum, (b) complete 24-26 hours associated with an Ed.D. concentration, (c) complete an additional 9 hours of research related credit, (d) complete 6 hours of summer residency (three one-week, on-campus residencies), and (e) complete 15 hours of dissertation research credit - the total program is 75-77 hours. The candidacy examination will be administered during the final semester of coursework. A candidate for the Ph.D. degree must present an acceptable research-based dissertation. The dissertation demonstrates that the candidate has technical competence in the field and has done research of an independent character. It must add to or modify what was previously known in the candidate’s field of interest, or present a significant interpretation of the subject based upon original investigation and research.
Research Related Credit:
Ph.D. students are required to take the following courses:
EDCO 801 Strategic Planning & Program Evaluation (3 credits)
EDCO 802 Analysis of Variance (1 credit)
EDCO 803 Regression & Correlation (1 credit)
EDCO 804 Structure & Reliability Analysis (1 credit)
EHEA 805 Advanced Research Design and Analysis (3 credits)
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