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Pursue an Ed.S. Educational Specialist degree online at Regent University.

Ed.S. – Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership

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

Regent’s Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership reflects a powerful blend of theory and practical application. The best part is, you can earn this professional degree within an accelerated time frame – in just five to six semesters! Here’s your chance to 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.

January 11, 2021


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


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


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


Regent has been ranked among top national universities by the U.S. News & World Report for two consecutive years (2019 and 2020). Our programs have also been ranked by it among the Top 5 Online Graduate Education Programs in Virginia for seven years in a row. Experience the Regent difference through the Ed.S. – Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership program.

On completing the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree program, you will be able to:

  • 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
Mean annual wage for education administrators, postsecondary U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

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

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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.

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The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership – Character Education prepares you make a positive impact on students by focusing on sound character education theory and research in the area of character education.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership – Higher Education prepares you for measurable career growth as you dive deeper into key theories about teaching, planning, administration, policy and professional practice.

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

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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 will equip you with principled leadership and management skills that achieve efficient and effective organizational operations.

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

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2020-2021 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.


Semester Check-In

Session Start Date

Session A

Friday, August 14

Monday, August 24

Session M

Friday, September 11

Monday, September 21

Session B

Friday, October 16

Monday, October 26

Session C

Tuesday, January 5

Monday, January 11

Session T

Friday, January 29

Monday, February 8

Session D

Friday, March 5

Monday, March 15

Session E

Friday, April 30

Monday, May 10

Session F

Friday, June 11

Monday, June 21

Application Process – Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)
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.

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 using the subject line: SOE Specialist 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 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.

2019-20 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

Ed.S., Ed.D., & Ph.D.

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

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

2020-21 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

Ed.S., Ed.D., & Ph.D.

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

University Services Fee (Online Students) $600
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.

“My credentials from Regent helped earn me the respect of parents and the confidence of school leaders. I'm so pleased that I could go one step further and share on a national level.”

Catherine Webb, Autism Certificate, 2004 Instructional Coach, Giles County Public Schools

“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

“I just can't say enough about the program—it's everything I wanted.”

Gary Maestas, Ed.D., 2010 K-12 School Leadership

“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

“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