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Ph.D. in Education – K-12 School Leadership

Make Generational Impacts

Daily it seems, we are reminded of the failures and shortcomings in our educational system. We are in a crucial time in our history where we need strong, Christian leadership in education. If you have a passion for improving the quality of K-12 education, and you desire to lead learning environments where students can thrive, then this concentration will help you make the type of impact that changes lives for generations. Regent’s Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education – K-12 School Leadership provides continuing education for teachers seeking initial administrative endorsement in preparation for positions as principal or assistant principal. This research-based Ph.D. will prepare you more specifically for a career in academia. Be rest assured knowing that courses have been organized around the six Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards and the endorsement competencies for Administration & Supervision Pre-K-12 as issued by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).

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INCREASE YOUR EARNING POTENTIAL

Capitalize on a higher salary with your Ph.D. degree.

EXPAND YOUR CAREER PATH

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

MAKE AN IMPACT

Present ground-breaking research to improve the world of education.

ALIGN YOURSELF WITH EXCELLENCE

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 Best Online Graduate Education Programs in Virginia for seven years in a row. Experience the Regent difference through the Ph.D. in Education – K-12 School Leadership program.

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.

The School of Education’s educational leadership and teacher preparation programs and the College of Arts and Science’s interdisciplinary studies program are awarded TEAC accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, to 12/31/2023.

On completing the Ph.D. in Education – K-12 School Leadership degree, you will be able to:

  • Lead a positive school culture that fosters improved learning based on research and best practices.
  • Implement effective strategies for resource planning, school operations, school and community relations; and ethical, policy, and professional issues.
  • Prepare to complete the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) by participating in an optional test preparation course.

Career Opportunities

  • University Faculty
  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • School Superintendent
  • Key Administrator
$96Thousand
2019 median pay for elementary, middle, and high school principals U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Collaboratively and strategically evaluate, develop, and implement an ethical, systematic core set of values, knowledge, and skills that promote continuous school improvement and student academic success and well-being. Includes problem-solving techniques and change processes as part of a philosophy of educational leadership. Cross-listed with EADM 501.
Collaboratively evaluate, develop, and implement strategies related to fiscal operations, school facilities, resources, and technologies that support management functions and communication efforts. Includes school-level governance, high-quality and equitable academic and non-academic instructional practices, resources, services, digital literacy, and political contexts of school and community. Cross-listed with EADM 502.
Collaboratively lead, design, implement, and evaluate school improvement and classroom culturally responsive practices that increase student learning and well-being. Includes information sources and processing, data literacy (use, analysis, and decision making), equitable resource planning, and program evaluation to inform and lead change. Cross-listed with EADM 507.
Professional competence through engagement in recruiting, selecting, hiring, and retaining staff and professional learning designed to promote reflection, cultural responsiveness, distributed leadership, digital literacy, school improvement, and student and staff success. Includes human resources management, professional development models, evaluation, motivational and change theories, and conflict resolution. Cross-listed with EADM 526
Understanding school law and demonstrating the capacity to model and advocate professional, moral, and ethical standards for a safe, secure, and culturally responsive school community. Includes the identification and application of educational policy development at state, local, and school levels that promote the school mission. Cross-listed with EADM 528.
Collaboratively and strategically design and implement programs that support the success of diverse populations, including effective oral, written, and digital communication (consensus building, negotiation, and mediation skills) within the larger school community and political contexts while advocating for all stake holders. Includes addressing emerging issues and trends. Cross-listed with EADM 530.
Collaboratively and strategically evaluate, develop, and implement culturally responsive, technology-rich, data-informed curriculum, instruction, and assessment for student learning and well-being. Includes student motivation, growth and development, social and emotional learning, differentiated instruction, multi-tiered support practices, and change management strategies for improved student outcomes. Cross-listed with EADM 545.
Collaboratively and strategically evaluate, develop, and implement a variety of assessment techniques as a foundation for identifying existing competencies and targeting areas in need of further attention. Includes culturally responsive, differentiated instruction; identification, education, and evaluation of students with disabilities; and developing individualized educational plans. Cross-listed with EADM 550.
Synthesize and apply content knowledge and develop professional skills through a school-based internship that occurs in an accredited public/nonpublic school, including elementary, middle, high, central office, and agency; and with diverse student populations. Interns complete a minimum of 120 embedded clock hours. Pass/Fail. Cross-listed with EADM 597.
Synthesize and apply content knowledge and develop professional skills through a school-based internship that occurs in an accredited public/nonpublic school, including elementary, middle, high, central office, and agency; and with diverse student populations. Interns complete a minimum of 200 clock hours. Pass/Fail. Cross-listed with EADM 597.

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 (Ph.D.)

Step 1: Application
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

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: Application Fee
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.

Step 3: Active Teaching License
Please send a copy of your active teaching license to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SOE Doctoral Application Pieces.

Step 4: Graduate Program Academic Paper
Please submit a scholarly or published writing sample that demonstrates your research, writing, analytical and problem-solving skills. This writing sample may include either a copy of your master’s thesis (or a portion of it, plus biography), or a formal paper or report. Research skills mean both the skill to utilize a writing style manual (e.g., APA) and the skill of integrating published research into an academic paper or report. Email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SOE Doctoral Application Pieces or fax to 757.352.4725.

Step 5: 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 you 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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.


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

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.

Ph.D. Requirements

A Ph.D. student will (a) complete 21 hours associated with the Ed.D. core curriculum, (b) complete 24-26 hours associated with an Ed.D. concentration, (c) complete an additional 6 hours of research related credit, and (d) complete 16 hours of dissertation research credit—the total program is 67 hours. A candidate for the Ph.D. degree must present an acceptable research-based dissertation. The dissertation demonstrates that the candidate has technical competence in the field and has done research of an independent character. It must add to or modify what was previously known in the candidate’s field of interest or present a significant interpretation of the subject based upon original investigation and research.

Ph.D. students are required to take the following courses:
EDCO 802 Analysis of Variance (1)
EDCO 803 Regression & Correlation (1)
EDCO 804 Structure & Reliability Analysis (1)
EHEA 805 Advanced Research Design and Analysis (3)

Faculty

Dr. Koonce is the concentration chair for K-12 School Leadership and is committed to your success.

Dr. Glenn Koonce came to Regent University with a proven record of leadership as a highly trained and decorated combat squad leader with the First Air Calvary Division in Vietnam during 1970-71 and leadership in sports and community activities. He taught health and physical education at the elementary, junior high and high school levels and coached football, basketball, wrestling, soccer, track, tennis, gymnastics and weight training.

Koonce has been an assistant principal at an alternative school and high school; principal at Georgetown Elementary, Crestwood Junior and Middle Schools, and Oscar Smith High School; and a director in the central office for Chesapeake Public Schools in Virginia; concluding his public school career as assistant superintendent for instructional services and personnel in Suffolk Public Schools in Virginia. Koonce has been a visiting scholar at Virginia Tech University and The George Washington University, and an adjunct professor at The George Washington University, Regent University, Tidewater Community College and Old Dominion University where he directed the Tidewater Principal’s Center.

Dr. Koonce has been recognized as Principal of the Year for Virginia, president of the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP); Boss of the Year several times in Chesapeake Public Schools; Education Professor of the Year for the School of Education at Regent; the Regent University Faculty Excellence Award; and the Distinguished Service Award from the Virginia Professors of Educational Leadership. He has been the recipient of numerous other awards and recognitions; member and officer of many professional/community associations and organizations; graduate of a great number of professional educational leadership training programs; member/leader on three Virginia Governor, one Virginia Attorney General, and one Virginia Secretary of Public Education tasks forces; numerous Virginia Department of Education programs and activities; professional associations (at all levels); scorer for the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and School Superintendents Assessment (SSA); and other state agency, university; national, state, regional and local activities on a vast array of topics.

Koonce has been the president of the Virginia Education Research Association (VERA); chairman of the Virginia Education Coalition (VEC); president of the Virginia Professors of Educational Leadership (VPEL) and president of the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP). Koonce is a board certified auditor for the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and lead auditor for the Council of Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP).

He is the author of two textbooks, Taking Sides – Clashing Views on Educational Issues and Enhancing Teacher Performance: A Toolbox of Strategies to move behavior from problematic to good and from good to great. Research activities, consulting, numerous publications and presentations around the world from the local level to international, and serving on the editorial review board and the Virginia State Affiliate Chair for the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) and the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership (ICPEL) round out Koonce’s extensive experiences. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Educational Science (EJES).

Dr Koonce’s personal interests include spiritual, family, community and wellness activities of all kinds. He loves music, travel and adventure, in no particular order. He is married and lives in Chesapeake, Virginia. His passion for leadership, influencing and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders, makes him an asset to the Regent family of scholars.

“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

“Just four years after receiving my degree from Regent, I had the honor of being named one of the nation's top educators. My Regent professors honed my focus on leadership, quality and innovation in education, which I use in my classroom every day.”

Lakeshia Ames, M. Ed., 2008 Educational Leadership

“When I felt called to teaching after a career in the military, Regent University bridged the gap and laid a solid, Christian-based path for me to follow.”

John Pienkowski, M.Ed., 2017 Level II Career Switcher

“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

“I found Regent's School of Education to be a place where I could obtain some of those practical skills I needed to help others. The TESOL curriculum included a good balance of instruction in reading, writing, and conversation skills that I can apply with adults or children.”

Jason Clark, M.Ed., 2010 TESOL