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Ed.D. – Special Education

Become a Champion in Special Education

Are you ready to lead and make a lasting difference in the underserved area of special education? Regent’s Doctor of Education in Special Education provides career development for special education teachers seeking leadership positions in special education research, practice, and policy. Here’s your chance to drive the change you want to see to best serve children, youth, and adults with high-incidence disabilities.

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INCREASE YOUR INFLUENCE & SALARY

Advance in leadership roles and earn a higher salary.

WIDEN YOUR JOB PROSPECTS

Enjoy rewarding opportunities in schools and communities.

MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE

Create engaging special education environments that foster learning.

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

To learn more about this program, please complete the Request Information form on this page.

On completing the Ed.D. – Special Education degree, you will be able to:

  • Interpret data so that you can draw sound conclusions and understand ramifications.
  • Develop empirical, research-based interventions and develop tools to deter empirically unsupported yet perennially popular interventions.
  • Explore the history of special education as well as current issues and best practices.

Career Opportunities

  • Education Research
  • Education Policy
  • Education Advocacy & Consulting
  • Central Office Executive Leadership
Ranked Among National Universities U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019 & 2020
Advanced study of empirically based interventions for children with mild disabilities for academic, emotional, and social deficits. Emphasis on current best practices and practices often used but empirically unsupported as well as legal and ethical issues surrounding intervention implementation.
An advanced historical survey of the origins of special education. Focus on historical figures in special education, their theories of and interventions with people with disabilities; on the evolution of the social construction of disability; on broad legal and ethical issues related to people with disabilities; and on some current issues facing the field.

Advanced study of special education high-incidence disability categories: Learning Disabilities, Emotional and Behavioral Disturbance, and Intellectual Disabilities. Focus on the historical development of identification, including distinguishing characteristics and definitions, as well as empirically based interventions that address characteristic issues of each group.

Advanced course in understanding and executing meta-analyses in special education or other social sciences. Study of the history of meta-analysis, its major functions and limitations, and the successful completion of a meta-analysis in a social science area. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; prior completion of core courses in statistics and research design (e.g., EFND 702 & 722 or equivalent).
Advanced study of empirically unsupported yet perennially popular interventions for children with disabilities.
Advanced study of the entire publishing process from submission to publication for both authors and editors in special education or closely related areas. Examination of publication objectives for different audiences such as refereed vs. non-refereed journals and other publication formats. Study of duties related to guest reviewing, regular reviewing, editorial board duties, responsibilities of refereed journal editors and co-editors. Guest lectures by editors of journals in special education or related social science fields focusing on single/multiple author works and responsibilities, submitting or editing special journal issues highlighting current research and practice, and copy-editing for final printing. Writing and submitting an original article to a refereed journal. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.
Advanced review of international special education; UN Charter, the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to the Salamanca Statement and the Rights of Persons with Disability, and attention to special education in the developing world.
Advanced study of the modern origins of bioethics and its relation to persons with disabilities with particular attention to genetic fetal anomalies, assisted suicide, and euthanasia.

2021-22 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester two weeks before 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.

SessionSemester Check-InSession Start Date
Session AFriday, August 13Monday, August 23
Session MFriday, September 10Monday, September 20
Session BFriday, October 15Monday, October 25
Session CTuesday, December 21Monday, January 10
Session TFriday, January 28Monday, February 7
Session DFriday, March 4Monday, March 14
Session EFriday, April 29Monday, May 9
Session FFriday, June 10Monday, June 20

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 nonrefundable application fee 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.

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 apply@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 admissions 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. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it 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.

PART-TIME STUDENTS

Degree/ProgramTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Career Switcher$2506$1,500
Master of Education (M.Ed.)$5506$3,300
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)$7756$4,650
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)$7753$2,325
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)$7753$2,325

Full-Time Students

Degree/ProgramTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Career Switcher$2509$2,250
Master of Education (M.Ed.)$5509$4,950
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)$7759$6,975
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)$7756$4,650
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)$7756$4,650

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Part-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Career Switcher$2506$1,500
Master of Education (M.Ed.)$5506$3,300
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)$7756$4,650
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)$7753$2,325
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)$7753$2,325

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Career Switcher$2509$2,250
Master of Education (M.Ed.)$5509$4,950
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)$7759$6,975
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)$7756$4,650
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)$7756$4,650

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$750
University Services Fee (Online Students)$600

*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.

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. Mostert is the concentration chair for Special Education and is committed to your success.

Dr. Mark Mostert, from Johannesburg, South Africa, completed his undergraduate degree (with distinction) from the Johannesburg College of Education, majoring in special education and biblical studies. After post baccalaureate work in cerebral palsied education at the University of South Africa, he was awarded the master’s degree from the University of South Alabama, where he was designated the outstanding graduate in special education. His Ph.D. in special education was awarded by the University of Virginia in 1992 for the dissertation, Metaphor in Special Educators’ Language of Practice, subsequently published by the University of Illinois.

In 1996, after a national search, Mostert was the inaugural winner of the Millman Promising Scholar Award from Cornell University. In 1997, Mostert was appointed Dille Distinguished Faculty Lecturer at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, and in 1998 he was a visiting professor of special education at the University of Cologne, Germany.

Mostert previously served as coordinator of programs in Learning Disabilities at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, where he was full professor; and as Associate Professor of Special Education at Old Dominion University. He has taught at both the elementary and secondary level, in both public and private schools, and on two continents.

Mostert’s current research interests include research syntheses related to effective educational interventions, issues related to face validity in meta-analysis, and the utility of the history of special education to inform current educational and social practices.

“The program offered a great financing opportunity for teachers, and it also had that caliber of education I was looking for but at a reasonable price. Plus, it’s local, yet also accessible from a distance.”

Kristin Garmin, M.Ed. , 2016 Reading Specialist (with endorsement)

“After nearly 25 years in the military and in business, Regent's Career Switcher program inspired me and prepared me to become a classroom teacher and an educational leader. I lean on what I learned there often.”

Pat McCarty, M.Ed., 2009 Career Switcher

“I am grateful for Regent’s rigorous, Christ-centered Special Education program. I look forward to sharing my passion and experience with the next generation of special education teachers. I’m also excited to continue my research on educational practices utilized in public schools.”

Allisha Beerwart, Ed.D., 2018 Assistant Professor of Education, School of Education, GSW State University

“Regent's Christian education program taught me best practices in education, and the faculty inspired and challenged me to reach my full potential.”

Randy Brunk, M.Ed., 1989 Head of Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

“The Career Switcher program gave me the skills that I needed to feel comfortable stepping into my classroom and allowed for my success. I am now a first-year teacher who is thriving in an environment that applauds creativity and innovation.”

Breanna Mead, M.Ed., 2018 Career Switcher