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Ph.D. in Education

Pursue Your Purpose Through Regent’s Online Ph.D. in Education

If you’re ready to take the next big step in your career and pursue your doctoral degree in education, we offer exciting, research-related concentrations that will open up a new world of opportunities for you. Regent’s Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education is a terminal degree for those seeking a career in academia or research at the university level. Similar to the Ed.D., the Ph.D. track is more research-intensive with extra courses offering a greater analytical approach to learning. During this time, you’ll prepare to present and defend your dissertation before a dissertation committee.

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INCREASE YOUR EARNING POTENTIAL

Capitalize on a higher salary with your doctoral degree in education.

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 with regent’s online ph.d. in education

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 Ph.D. in Education 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 the Doctor of Philosophy in Education, you will be able to:

  • Lead change through strategic and innovative approaches.
  • Understand how key theories inform planning, administration, policy and professional practice.
  • Use theoretical and inquiry-based methods to identify weaknesses and solve problems.
  • Conduct original research and publish findings in refereed conferences, journals and books.

Career Opportunities

  • University faculty
  • Superintendent
  • School administrator
  • Principal researcher
$95Thousand
Approximate mean annual wage for postsecondary teachers, 2021 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education – Adult Education program prepares you for leadership connected to the education of adults and a career in academia. Examine theories and methods of teaching and learning that will better equip you to deliver results-based programs.

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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education – Advanced Educational Leadership program is designed for students who wish to advance their careers as educational leaders. You'll research topics including strategic planning, program evaluation, and implementing institutional change, while gaining the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective leader.

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Regent's Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education – Christian Education Leadership program emphasizes teaching for discipleship by equipping for competence in the Great Commission, Two Greatest Commandments and Holy Nation Citizenship, all within an excellent academic setting. This research-focused concentration will equip you to teach and administer in Christian academia.

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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education – Curriculum & Instruction is built on sound theory using current research so you can make a significant difference in the world of education. The program will prepare you for a career in academia and to guide innovative curriculum and instruction initiatives.

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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education – Educational Psychology allows for a broad area of academic inquiry with topics like psychological underpinnings of learning, cognitive strategies for learning in children and adults, brain research, teacher education, and faculty roles. It will prepare you to use and develop current theories to improve academic and behavioral success.

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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education – Educational Technology & Online Learning will prepare you for a career in academia. It examines the principles of curriculum, instruction, assessment and evaluation, and how they can be applied to an online education setting.

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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education – Exceptional Education Executive Leadership provides an executive-level insight on championing, leading and developing innovative programs and policies. The 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 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education – Higher Learning Leadership & Management is designed for students who have a passion for improving the quality of higher education, and enjoy the responsibilities of leadership and management. The program will prepare you for a career in academia and to hold positions of significant administrative leadership.

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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education – K-12 School Leadership is designed for students who have a passion for improving the quality of K-12 education and will prepare you for a career in academia. It courses are 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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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education – Special Education prepares special education teachers and administrators to advance in special education research, practice and policy. The program is ideal for professionals seeking a career as a university faculty member or senior educational administrator.

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MANOVA, Repeated Measures Analysis of Variance, Multiple Linear Regression, and Factor Analysis with emphasis on the practical application of SPSS to produce valid and meaningful Results Sections for research articles and dissertations. Prerequisite: Grade of B+ or better in EFND 722.
Designed to provide advanced skills and knowledge to doctoral students for them to design and carry out and evaluate sophisticated research studies. As an advanced course it provides an in-depth examination of the issues and problems facing the educational researcher as he/she organizes a research study or a program evaluation. The course is not bound to any one paradigm but examines educational research from various perspectives. The course focuses on the theory behind the methodology, advanced research design techniques and associated statistical procedures, internal and external validity, mixed methodology, and qualitative research tools common to the practice of education. Prerequisites: EFND 702 and EFND 722.

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.

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 806 Multivariate Statistics (3)
EHEA 805 Advanced Research Design and Analysis (3)

“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

“Regent University taught me how to be a servant leader when it comes to reaching children. I've learned to not just teach students, but to serve them according to what they need.”

Anthony Swann, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, 2014 5th Grade Teacher, Rocky Mount Elementary

“I was equipped with the critical thinking skills I needed to strategically implement and assess fresh and creative ways to approach instruction and learning. I received consistent encouragement from my professors and cohort to push beyond my personal best in research and daily practice.”

Alicia Langley, M.Ed., 2012 TESOL

“What I love about Regent is being treated not only as a student trying to pursue an education but as a person who is trying to make a difference in the world.”

Jasmine Farnsworth, Doctor of Education, 2022

“My career has evolved over a short period of time because of my faith and the teacher preparation programs at Regent. The academic, spiritual and leadership guidance shared during my time at Regent gave me the foundation needed to excel in my field.”

Chonita Walker, M.Ed., 2011 Reading Specialist