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Preparing Highly Skilled Educators to Bring Answers to the Education Crisis Regent University: “A” Rated and Best of Class

At the start of 2017, some 100,000+ classrooms were without fully qualified teachers. The teacher shortage is clear, and the need for high-quality educators is great.

If you’re looking at a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s in education, or a doctorate in education, where do you go for excellent, affordable instruction, and how do you decide what to study?

Regent University’s College of Arts & Sciences equips aspiring teachers with the tools they need to succeed and excel at the front of the classroom. In fact, Regent’s undergraduate teacher preparation program recently earned an “A” rating from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) in Program Performance for Early Reading Instruction. Regent stands among the nation’s top 47 undergraduate teacher preparation programs. This distinction is especially important in a time when America is facing a reading crisis and one that that “disproportionately affects children of color” (NCTQ, 2020).

“We are training outstanding, highly skilled teachers who then go into classrooms throughout the region and the nation and effectively help lower rates of illiteracy,” said Dr. Cheryl Gould, department chair and assistant professor of education at Regent University. “Reading ability is a key predictor of life success, and we are serious about our efforts to train and empower successful educators who then cultivate successful young students who can thrive in other areas of life.”

In addition to accolades at the bachelor’s level, Regent has also made positive marks at the master’s and doctoral levels., a trusted resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning, recently announced Regent’s Doctorate in Education program to be among the best in education degree programs and on par with universities such as Vanderbilt University, Baylor University and Johns Hopkins University.

Likewise, according to Best Online rankings released by U.S. News & World Report, Regent’s School of Education (SOE) landed within the top 5 schools in Virginia for “Best Online Graduate Education Programs.” More than 850 alumni have been recognized as Teachers of the Year in Hampton Roads alone since 2004.

“Our School of Education is continuing the trajectory as the state’s game changer and leader in systematically improving education for all students,” said Dr. Kurt Kreassig, dean of Regent’s School of Education.

So What’s Next?

Whether you’re seeking teacher licensure, a leadership role in administration or simply desire to increase your education skills and marketability, Regent’s College of Arts & Sciences (bachelor’s) and School of Education (master’s and doctoral) will prepare you to advance your career in the critical world of education.

Explore how you can pursue a world-class teaching degree, from bachelor’s to master’s, as well as education endorsements and doctoral-level programs in education (both Ed.D. and Ph.D.) Regent is a leader in character education and renowned for its commitment to high-quality, faith-based education, delivered online and on campus in Virginia Beach. For information on degree options, financial aid, and admissions requirements, visit or speak to a member of our admissions team at 800.373.5504


Founded in 1977, Regent University has nearly 11,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from a Christian perspective in 135+ program areas including business, communication and the arts, cybersecurity and technology, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing and healthcare, and psychology. Currently, Regent University is ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report and is one of only 23 universities nationally to receive an “A” rating for its comprehensive liberal arts core curriculum. In its 2020 “Best Online Programs” rankings, Regent University’s College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) again scored #1 for “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” among Virginia schools, the eighth year in a row that Regent has earned the top position. The university also earned its 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the highest level that a university can be awarded from that organization.

The School of Education is ranked among the Top 5 Best Online Graduate Education Programs in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report. The school also has earned an impressive reputation for its 850+ alumni Teachers of the Year. The school offers challenging, leading-edge online degrees including Master of Education; Educational Specialist, Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.), Ph.D. in Education, certificates, endorsements, and a Career Switcher program.