Ed.D. – Higher Education

School of Education

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850+ Teachers of the Year

11 Total Higher Ed Administrators

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Are you ready to make a bigger impact in world of education and in your career too? Regent's Doctor of Education in Higher Education prepares you to work as a post-secondary administrator or faculty member teaching higher education issues. This concentration is designed for professionals who are in current positions where the doctorate is the required or preferred degree for advancement.

EXPAND YOUR SALARY

Higher job responsibilities lead to higher compensation.

WIDEN YOUR JOB PROSPECTS

Enjoy rewarding opportunities in schools and communities.

DEVELOP MARKETABLE SKILLS

Gain the expertise needed for high-profile job positions.

Presented from a Christian worldview, this specialty 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 Ed.D. concentration, the graduate will be able to:

  • Understand key theories inform planning, administration, policy and professional practice.
  • Develop knowledge of the practical aspects of higher education administration including finance, program evaluation, organizational theory, law and governance and strategic planning.
  • Practice vital skills in critical thinking, scholarly research and writing.

Career Opportunities

  • Academic Dean
  • Assistant Dean
  • Academic Dean
  • Division Chair
  • Executive Leadership

Developing Higher Education Administrators

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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. Ponton is the concentration chair for Higher Education and is committed to your success.

Professor Michael Ponton is currently appointed as professor of education and is the faculty advisor for the higher education concentration in the postmaster’s programs. He holds the Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University (dissertation defended with distinction) and has many years of university-level administrative experience supporting academic affairs, curriculum development, and accreditation. 

Ponton has published extensively in the field of self-directed learning where his interests include human agency, personal initiative, autonomous learning and self-efficacy. In 2015, he received the Malcolm Knowles Memorial Self-Directed Learning Award for significant lifelong contributions to the field of self-directed learning. He currently serves as the editor of the International Journal of Self-Directed Learning

Before coming to Regent, Ponton was an associate professor of higher education and senior research and development engineer at the University of Mississippi. Prior to full-time life in academe, he was a National Aeronautics and Space Administration aerospace engineer and received numerous research awards for his experimental work in supersonic aeroacoustics. In 2018, he received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in education and engineering.

Ed.D. – Higher Education