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Ed.S. in Educational Leadership – Higher Education Leadership & Management

Be a Change Leader in Higher Education

Are you ready to take on greater responsibility in higher education and become an influential leader in your field? Regent’s Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership – Higher Education Leadership & Management intently focuses on leadership training for educational professionals. Through the intersection of theory and practice, you will explore fundamental elements of senior administration, such as policy development, higher education operations and enrollment management.

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January 9, 2023
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INCREASE YOUR EARNING POTENTIAL

Capitalize on a higher salary with your Ed.S. degree.

HIGHER LEARNING BENEFITS

Enjoy a collaborative community for higher-level thinking and problem solving.

EXPAND YOUR CAREER PATH

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

ALIGN YOURSELF WITH EXCELLENCE

Regent has been ranked among Top National Universities by the U.S. News & World Report for three years (2019, 2020 and 2022). Our programs have also been ranked among the Top 5 Best Online Graduate Education Programs in Virginia for 10 years in a row (2013-2022). Experience the Regent difference through the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership – Higher Education Leadership & Management program.

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

Please complete the Request Information form on this page to learn more about this program.

On completing this Ed.S. concentration, the graduate will be able to:

  • Gain tools for strategically navigating organizational change.
  • Understand higher education finance and operations.
  • Analyze contemporary issues of higher education and how to address them.

Career Opportunities

  • Higher Education Administrator
  • Higher Education Planner
  • Higher Education Developer
  • Educational Policy Developer
  • Teacher/Professor
$97Thousand
Median annual wage for education administrators, postsecondary U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021

Examines strategic planning and the role of program evaluation in the planning/implementation/evaluation cycle to include the curriculum planning process. Topics include various theoretical and philosophical perspectives, alternative evaluation designs and related methodologies including collaborative action research and issues related to design, measurement and utilization. The goal is to help educators become active collaborators in the evaluation process and to give them the tools to judge the value of an evaluation. Whether the task is designing an internal evaluation of a local program, contracting for an external evaluation at the district level, or critically reviewing an evaluation report as a basis for making an administrative decision, this course offers important leadership preparation. Each student will prepare an evaluability assessment related to a self-selected educational program in his/her area of concentration. Prerequisite: a graduate level research course. Cross-listed with EDCO 501.

Paradigms, processes, elements, and constituents of change. Building upon foundational Biblical models, principles of an effective change process are emphasized from both macro and micro level perspectives.

Overview of American higher education from the colonial period to the present. Form a foundational understanding of higher education and the origins of contemporary practices and problems within the academy. Investigate diverse institutions such as land grant colleges, historically black colleges and universities, research institutions, liberal arts colleges, religious colleges and universities and access to higher education. Examine and discuss early innovators of higher education and their policies. Cross-listed with EFND 523.

Centers on the need for the continuance of Christian colleges and universities in a post-Christian culture. Particular emphasis placed on the strategies, objectives and goals that can best ensure the future continuance of the spiritual mission and Orthodox beliefs of Christian colleges and universities. Cross-listed with EHEA 602.

Focuses on the knowledge and skills required to effectively deal with financial changes and trends for institutions of higher education. Students will further their skills in analysis and evaluation of issues from various perspectives – administrative, consumer and societal (government and organizations in the private sector that influence the source and use of funds). Financial management of higher education (administrative perspective) focuses on effectiveness and efficiency issues associated with the use of funds. The consumer perspective (access and choice issues in financing students) focuses on the source of institutional funds; both state and federal policies and programs and budgeting will inform the learner from that perspective. Cross-listed with EHEA 502.
In-depth study of administrative roles, functions, knowledge and skill requirements, and administrative behavior. Trends in administrative theory and application explored.

2022-23 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 12Monday, August 22
Session MFriday, September 9Monday, September 19
Session BFriday, October 14Monday, October 24
Session CWednesday, January 4Monday, January 9
Session TFriday, January 27Monday, February 6
Session DFriday, March 3Monday, March 13
Session EFriday, April 28Monday, May 8
Session FFriday, June 9Monday, June 19

Admissions Requirements

Step 1: Apply to Regent University

Step 2: Complete Your Admissions Questionnaire

  • After you submit your application, you will receive a link to complete the required admissions questionnaire.

Step 3: Submit Your Unofficial College Transcripts

  • Email your unofficial college transcripts to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: Unofficial Transcripts.
  • Upon conditional acceptance, Regent University will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company.

Step 4: Submit Your Government-Issued ID

  • Email a photo of your government-issued ID to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: Government ID.
  • Please note that 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
Career Switcher$2506$1,500
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
Career Switcher$2509$2,250
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)$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)$800
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

*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.

Faculty

Dr. Pittman is the concentration chair for Higher Education Leadership & Management and is committed to your success.

Dr. Jeff Pittman brings a wide range of experience to his faculty role in the School of Education. He served for over nine years as Vice President for Student Services at Regent University. He has also held Regent positions as Associate Dean for Administration and Academics in the School of Divinity; Assistant Vice President for Administrative and Auxiliary Services; and Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid.

Active in several organizations, Pittman is past president (2005) of the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS). He currently serves on the board of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). He also serves on the board of the NACAS Education Foundation. In addition to his affiliation with NACAS, Pittman is a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Southern Association of College Student Affairs (SACSA).

A prolific writer, Pittman is a contributor to Business Officer, College Planning and Management, College Services, the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, and Leadership Exchange. Pittman completed his Ph.D. at Old Dominion University, where he was selected as a member of the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. He earned his MBA from Regent University and his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Pittman holds professional certificates from the Administrative Management Institute at Cornell University and the College Business Management Institute (SACUBO) at the University of Kentucky.

“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

“It literally was one phone call with a Regent faculty member that convinced me this is the place that I needed to be.”

Rev. Dr. Colleen Derr, Doctorate in Christian Education Leadership, 2013 President, Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University

“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

“From the professors to advisors to support staff, my experience at Regent has been extremely satisfying, and I highly recommend the program to others.”

Lorri Wilke, M.Ed., 2012 NILD Educational Therapy

“Regent's M.Ed. in TESOL program has prepared me to organize and run the ESL courses at my school. Regent's TESOL professors assign the most applicable projects, which have helped me with planning lessons, selecting curriculum and creating assessments, as well as with conducting several teacher-in-service sessions for my school.”

Katherine Tipton, M.Ed., 2011 Teacher