Skip navigation
A teacher with students: Pursue an EdS degree in educational leadership online at Regent University.

Ed.S. – Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership

An Ed.S. Degree: Your Bridge Between the M.Ed. & Ed.D.

Keen on earning a fast-track advanced degree? Regent’s Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership is a professional degree that can be earned in just five to six semesters! A bridge between a Master of Education and a Doctor of Education, the Ed.S. degree in Educational Leadership reflects a powerful blend of theory and practical application. Sharpen your skills in critical thinking, scholarly research and writing while expanding your knowledge base and learning the latest developments in the field of education.

Online
30-32
May 6, 2024

Careers | Concentrations | Courses | Admissions | Tuition

INCREASE YOUR EARNING POTENTIAL

Capitalize on a higher salary with your Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree.

EXPAND YOUR CAREER PATH WITH AN ED.S. DEGREE ONLINE

Take your career to the next level with exciting leadership opportunities.

MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE

Become a champion in education while making a big impact on the lives of students.

PURSUE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

Regent has been ranked among Top National Universities by the U.S. News & World Report for four years (2019, 2020, 2022 and 2023). Our programs have also been ranked among the Top 10 Best Online Graduate Education Programs in Virginia for 11 years in a row (2013-2023). Experience the Regent difference through the Ed.S. – Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership program.

On completing the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Educational Leadership, you can:

  • Gain a competitive edge, the potential for increased pay and greater career opportunities without writing a dissertation.
  • Apply innovative interdisciplinary teaching techniques that improve student engagement and achievement.
  • Manage complex educational matters while supporting a safe and secure learning environment.

Career Opportunities

  • Teacher/Professor
  • Higher Education Administrator
  • Principal
  • Superintendent
  • Professional Development Specialist
  • Specialized Program Director
  • District-Level Administrator
  • Curriculum Developer
  • School Counselor
  • Educational Consultant
$115Thousand
Approximate mean annual wage for education administrators, postsecondary U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022

Adult Education

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership – Adult Education degree program prepares you for a career in adult education and leadership. It can equip you to design, implement and evaluate professional development programs for adult populations.

Advanced Educational Leadership

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership – Advanced Educational Leadership program prepares you to manage complex educational issues and implement innovative strategies that improve learning environments.

Christian Education Leadership

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership – Christian Education Leadership equips educators (including parents and pastors) with vision and accompanying skills for bringing full biblical fidelity to Christian education.

Curriculum & Instruction

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership – Curriculum & Instruction program teaches you the principles of curriculum, instruction, assessment and evaluation with emphasis on program development.

Educational Psychology

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership – Educational Psychology provides career development for educators in research and evaluation, learning and development, and testing and program assessment.

Educational Psychology Technology & Online Learning

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership – Educational Psychology Technology & Online Learning prepares K-12, higher education and corporate educators for leadership in the area of online education.

Exceptional Education Executive Leadership

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership – Exceptional Education Executive Leadership degree program focuses on a more inclusive approach to supporting exceptional learners by broadening the reach to populations who need it most.

Higher Education Leadership & Management

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership – Higher Education Leadership & Management focuses on leadership training for educational professionals. You can explore fundamental elements of senior administration, such as policy development, higher education operations and enrollment management.

K-12 School Leadership

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership – K-12 School Leadership provides continuing education for teachers and administrators seeking initial administrative endorsement. The program can equip you with principled leadership and management skills that achieve efficient and effective organizational operations.

Special Education

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership – Special Education degree program provides career development for special education teachers. It can prepare you for leadership positions in special education research, practice and policy to best serve children, youth and adults with high-incidence disabilities.

Critical examination of theories and practices of leadership and communication as they relate to individuals and organizations within the context of educational systems.
Overview of scholarly research and methods to evaluate research. Presents the basic concepts of quantitative and qualitative research methods and the diverse approaches to scholarly inquiry and reflective practice.
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.
Descriptive statistics and data-driven decision making in problem-based learning applications.

2023-24 Semester Check-In Deadlines

All 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 11Monday, August 21
Session MFriday, September 8Monday, September 18
Session BFriday, October 13Monday, October 23
Session CThursday, January 4Monday, January 8
Session TFriday, January 26Monday, February 5
Session DFriday, March 1Monday, March 11
Session EFriday, April 26Monday, May 6
Session FFriday, June 7Monday, June 17

Admissions Requirements

Step 1: Apply to Regent University

Submit your application using the Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office at 757.352.4990 or admissions@regent.edu and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Step 2: Submit Your Unofficial Transcripts

Submit your unofficial transcripts to regent.edu/items.

Upon submitting your application, you will receive an email requesting authorization for Regent University to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution. International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES, AACRAO or NAFSA approved agency.

Step 3: Submit Your Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please submit a scanned copy or photograph of it to regent.edu/items.


Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4990 or admissions@regent.edu should you have any further questions about the application process.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

PART-TIME STUDENTS

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Education (M.Ed.)$5656$3,390
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)$8006$4,800
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)$8003$2,400
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)$8003$2,400

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Education (M.Ed.)$5659$5,085
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)$8009$7,200
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)$8006$4,800
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)$8006$4,800

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$850 (Fall & Spring)
$700 (Summer)
University Services Fee (Online Students)$700

Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

Part-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Education (M.Ed.)$5656$3,390
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)$8006$4,800
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)$8003$2,400
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)$8003$2,400

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Education (M.Ed.)$5659$5,085
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)$8009$7,200
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)$8006$4,800
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)$8006$4,800

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$850 (Fall & Spring)
$700 (Summer)
University Services Fee (Online Students)$700

Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

“A Regent education will open up doors for you. It certainly has for me.”

Roxie Godfrey, Ed.D., 2005 Teacher Educator & Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University

“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

“Regent really helped me understand the unique landscape of Christian higher education. I feel better prepared to contribute to Life Pacific College's distinct mission and purpose because of my time spent here.”

Josh Arnold, M.Ed., 2008 HR Leadership & Management

“A great teacher learns how to love and care for the students. At Regent this isn't only taught as our responsibility to others but it is modeled. The caring instructors seek to grow leaders with a Christian worldview and a heart to serve others.”

Wilbur Chapman, M.Ed., 2011 TESOL

“One of the biggest skills I learned through my studies at Regent was confidence. I learned that I am worthy, and I can go forward in my career and affect more students than just those in my own classroom.”

Kathy Galford, Ed.D., 2018 School Principal, Chesapeake Public Schools