Ed.D. – Character Education

School of Education

#4 Best Online Graduate Education Programs in Virginia, U.S. News & World Report, 2019

CAEP Accredited

850+ Teachers of the Year

Developing Higher Education Administrators

Strong Leadership Helps Build Strong Character

Do you want to be an education reformer and impact the next generation of learners by implementing character education into curriculum? Regent’s Doctor of Education – Character Education focuses on sound character education theory and up-to-date research in the area of character education, building upon and extending the recognized work of the National Character Education Clearinghouse established at Regent University by the U.S. Department of Education. Here’s your chance to maximize your leadership influence by spearheading positive character development.

INCREASE YOUR INFLUENCE & SALARY

Advance in leadership while increasing you earning potential.

TRANSFORMATIVE LEADERSHIP

Build an impressive reputation by facilitating innovative, positive change in the area of character development.

EXPAND YOUR CAREER PATH

Enjoy a variety of high-level career opportunities.

Presented from a Christian worldview, this in-demand degree is supported by award-winning faculty in Virginia Beach.

Online

8-week course sessions

66+ credit hours


Online

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TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 66+

APPROVED DEGREE PLAN: Click to download PDF

Take Your Career to the Next Level

Upon completion of this concentration, the graduate will be able to:

  • Apply best character education strategies that inspire understanding, caring, virtue and respect for self and others.
  • Interact with faculty who are leading innovative and effective programs on a local, state and national level.
  • Develop original research that greatly impacts the field of education and promotes the core values of our society through shared responsibility.

Career Opportunities

  • Character Education Trainer
  • Program Evaluator
  • University Faculty
  • Education Consultant

825+ Teacher of the Year

Click any section below for additional information or access your course schedule.

2019-2020 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester 2 weeks prior to the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

Session

Semester Check-In

Session Start Date

Session A

Friday, August 9

Monday, August 26

Session M

Friday, September 13

Monday, September 23

Session B

Friday, October 18

Monday, October 28

Session C

Friday, January 3

Monday, January 13

Session T

Friday, January 31

Monday, February 10

Session D

Friday, March 6

Monday, March 16

Session E

Friday, May 1

Monday, May 11

Session F

Friday, June 12

Monday, June 22

 

Application Process – Doctoral Programs (Ed.D.)
Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

Step 1: Application & Application Fee
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.
Pay the $50 application fee online during the application process.
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.
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: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts
We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcripts from U.S.-based schools, which indicate successful completion of bachelor's and master's degree programs, in order to review your application for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to transcripts@regent.edu using the subject line: SOE Doctoral Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University's Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institutions, which indicate successful completion of bachelor's and master's degree programs. We will notify you if your previous institutions will not release transcripts directly to us.

Step 3: Complete Your Admissions Questionnaire
Please complete a brief admissions questionnaire based on your professional goals and interests. This should only take a few minutes to complete, but please answer the questions completely and thoughtfully. This gives us a better opportunity to get to know you and align your objectives with our programs. The admissions questionnaire can be found here. Once completed, it will be sent directly to an enrollment counselor who will be in touch with you right away to help complete the rest of your application.

Step 4: Government-Issued ID
To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Simply scan and upload a copy of your driver's license, high school ID, passport, permanent resident card or official government ID card, using our secure and convenient online tool. If you would prefer to take a picture of your government-issued ID and email that to our office, please attach your ID and email to apply@regent.edu with the subject line: Government ID.

Step 5: 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.


Important Information
Background Check: Students in endorsement programs are required to complete a background check because the program includes direct contact with students in field experiences. Regent University School of Education has entered into an agreement with Certified Background/Castle Branch (CB), a private vendor that conducts background checks for many universities and educational institutions. After you are admitted into the program, you will be provided instructions to set up an online profile with Certified Background and request your background check. Learn more.

2018-19 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

Ed.S.

$715 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)

Ed.D. & Ph.D.

$775 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)

2019-20 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

Ed.S.

$775 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)

Ed.D. & Ph.D.

$775 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


(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.)

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students) $550
Library Orientation $50 (one-time fee)
Blackboard Orientation $50 (one-time fee)

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

Learn more about scholarships and financial aid.

Advanced Standing

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). Offered in a cohort model. Students may begin the program in the spring, summer or fall semesters. Courses are delivered online with some required face-to-face components. School division cohorts are also offered in varying formats.

Faculty

Dr. Stiff-Williams is the concentration chair for Character Education and is committed to your success.

Dr. Helen R. Stiff-Williams, a professor in the School of Education at Regent University, teaches in and provides coordination for the Character Education concentration area in the Ed.D. program. Her areas of expertise include: Character Education, standards-based education, school improvement for low-achieving students and low-performing schools, and K-12 educational policy.

Stiff-Williams is engaged in research and writing projects on effective urban schools, closing achievement gaps, and her biggest project involving the examination of the impact of character education on student performance.

Stiff-Williams served as chairman of the Department of Education at Hampton University; a division chief in the Virginia Department of Education; an assistant superintendent for instruction; and school leader at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Virginia.

Stiff-Williams' professional activities involve presenting annually at the ASCD Conference, the National Youth At-Risk Conference, the Character Education Partnership Forum, the Alternatives for Expulsion and Dropping Out Conference, and the National Staff Development Council Conference. She also presents at the ATE, AACTE, and the AERA Conferences to support developments in higher education. As a national consultant, she delivers professional development training on "Putting Character Education into Schools to Improve Student Performance."

Ed.D. – Character Education