Regent University: School of Education

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Regent University's School of Education provides a unique platform for preparing today's education leaders – emphasizing innovation, excellence and the impact of Biblical principles in today's world.

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  • Match your class schedule to your life schedule.
  • Be part of a Christian learning community that's dedicated to your faith.
  • Earn your degree from the Top Christian University, as ranked by the Online Education Database.
  • Enhance your skills as a teacher or administrator.
  • Earn your teaching license or ESL, Reading or Administration and Supervision endorsement.

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Our Degrees

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Doctoral Degrees

Doctor of Education

Ed.D. Adult Education
The Ed.D. is delivered primarily online (along with one-week summer residencies) and is designed to facilitate the learning styles of adults and provide a collaborative community for higher-level thinking and problem solving. The problem-based curriculum, applied dissertation projects, and individually designed cognates allow for a tailor-made program. Undergirding the entire program is critical thinking, scholarly research, writing and learning from a Christian worldview. The capstone project, as with any doctoral program, is the submission and defense of a doctoral dissertation.

The Adult Education cognate is designed to prepare students for careers and leadership in programs and organizations involved in the education of adults. This program will equip organizational and institutional decision makers with the knowledge and skills to design, implement and evaluate professional development programs for adult populations. Decision makers in the areas of higher education, K-12 public and private education, business, government, and corporate settings will be prepared to effectively deliver results-based programs that will further the professional practice of adult learners within their domain. This cognate emphasizes theory and research of teaching and learning, motivational aspects, self-efficacy, supervision, organizational and institutional change, design, delivery and evaluation issues in teaching and learning, and curriculum design for the adult learner.


Ed.D. Character Education
The Ed.D. is delivered primarily online (along with one-week summer residencies) and is designed to facilitate the learning styles of adults and provide a collaborative community for higher-level thinking and problem solving. The problem-based curriculum, applied dissertation projects and individually designed cognates allow for a tailor-made program. Undergirding the entire program is critical thinking, scholarly research, writing and learning from a Christian worldview. The capstone project, as with any doctoral program, is the submission and defense of a doctoral dissertation.

Regent University recognizes the need to provide excellently trained professionals who can teach and lead, not only in K-12 education settings but also at the undergraduate and graduate levels of preparation. Through its doctoral program in education, Regent University has designed a cognate that specifically focuses upon sound theory and up-to-date research in the area of character education. In addition, the cognate builds upon and extends the recognized work of the National Character Education Clearing House, established at Regent University by the U.S. Department of Education. Participants in Regent University's doctoral program, with emphasis in character education, will have at their fingertips the best materials currently available in the field, as well as interaction with faculty who are leading innovative and effective programs on a local, state, and national level.


Ed.D. Christian Education Leadership
The Ed.D. is delivered primarily online (along with one-week summer residencies) and is designed to facilitate the learning styles of adults and provide a collaborative community for higher-level thinking and problem solving. The problem-based curriculum, applied dissertation projects and individually designed cognates allow for a tailor-made program. Undergirding the entire program is critical thinking, scholarly research, writing and learning from a Christian worldview. The capstone project, as with any doctoral program, is the submission and defense of a doctoral dissertation.

The Christian Education Leadership cognate is designed to equip educators (including parents and pastors) with vision and accompanying skills for bringing full biblical fidelity to Christian education. The Bible strenuously admonishes that each generation be raised to love and obey God in every dimension of life. We are thus compelled to excel in Christian education for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Christian Education Leadership cognate focuses on how to make Christian education as biblically sound as possible. It is intended to "produce" fully orbed disciples of Jesus Christ who can, in turn, "reproduce" other disciples. Special emphasis is placed on practical applications in Christian education as guided by expert professional understandings. Instruction in the program is problem-based, case-study, and project oriented. Mentoring and personalization of professional interests within courses are emphasized as much as possible. This cognate does not require a master's degree from our Christian School program as a prerequisite, but it is a conceptual extension of it. The cognate courses emphasize skills in both leadership and curriculum/teaching and can be taken in several combinations to total 6 credit hours for each of the three cognate semesters.


Ed.D. Distance Education
The Ed.D. is delivered primarily online (along with one-week summer residencies) and is designed to facilitate the learning styles of adults and provide a collaborative community for higher-level thinking and problem solving. The problem-based curriculum, applied dissertation projects, and individually designed cognates allow for a tailor-made program. Undergirding the entire program is critical thinking, scholarly research, writing and learning from a Christian worldview. The capstone project, as with any doctoral program, is the submission and defense of a doctoral dissertation.

The Distance Education cognate is designed for K-12, higher education and corporate educators involved in distance and online education. It builds upon the principles of curriculum, instruction, assessment and evaluation provided in the core courses by applying these principles to a distance education setting with emphasis on program development and management of online learning. This cognate considers research and effective practices along a continuum of distance education delivery models and learning technologies to prepare a student for leadership in the field. The research done by students is usually applied research, that is, searching for solutions to distance education problems or seeking ways to deliver new research-based educational concepts or services to individuals, organizations, families or groups at a distance.


Ed.D. Educational Psychology
The Ed.D. is delivered primarily online (along with one-week summer residencies) and is designed to facilitate the learning styles of adults and provide a collaborative community for higher-level thinking and problem solving. The problem-based curriculum, applied dissertation projects and individually designed cognates allow for a tailor-made program. Undergirding the entire program is critical thinking, scholarly research, writing and learning from a Christian worldview. The capstone project, as with any doctoral program, is the submission and defense of a doctoral dissertation.

The Educational Psychology emphasis includes two areas of study: research and evaluation and learning and development. The research and evaluation track allows one to specialize in testing and program assessment at the school district level. A heavy emphasis will be placed on quantitative analysis. The learning and development track equips school professionals to utilize the most appropriate theories and research to improve the chances of academic and behavioral success for students. The study of brain research in relationship to learning will be emphasized.


Ed.D. Higher Education (TAR)
The Ed.D. is delivered primarily online (along with one-week summer residencies) and is designed to facilitate the learning styles of adults and provide a collaborative community for higher-level thinking and problem solving. The problem-based curriculum, applied dissertation projects and individually designed cognates allow for a tailor-made program. Undergirding the entire program is critical thinking, scholarly research, writing and learning from a Christian worldview. The capstone project, as with any doctoral program, is the submission and defense of a doctoral dissertation.

The TAR doctoral program (Teaching, Administration and Research) is designed for educational professionals who are seeking either an initial entry-level position in one of three sub-categories or who are in current positions where the doctorate is the required or preferred degree for advancement. Students should have either a part-time or full-time position in a higher education institution or possess a background that is widely-considered comparable to higher education.


Ed.D. Higher Education Leadership
The Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership was designed to prepare mid-to-senior level administrators at Christian higher education institutions for positions of significant administrative leadership, thus developing the next generation of Christian leaders on campuses across the nation and internationally. The program focuses on infusing key leadership concepts and knowledge with faith and learning integration, technology, applied Christian ethics and the development of a Christian worldview and administrative philosophy.


Ed.D. K-12 School Leadership
The Ed.D. is delivered primarily online (along with one-week summer residencies) and is designed to facilitate the learning styles of adults and provide a collaborative community for higher-level thinking and problem solving. The problem-based curriculum, applied dissertation projects and individually designed cognates allow for a tailor-made program. Undergirding the entire program is critical thinking, scholarly research, writing and learning from a Christian worldview. The capstone project, as with any doctoral program, is the submission and defense of a doctoral dissertation.

The K-12 School Leadership cognate focuses upon preparation for the position of principal, superintendent or other executive leadership and supervisory positions in educational organizations. The knowledge for this cognate has been organized around both the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) endorsement competencies for Administration and Supervision PreK-12. As the VDOE's licensure regulations change, program adjustments are made accordingly. For more information on the endorsement/licensure regulations governing the Administration and Supervision PreK-12 endorsement, please visit the VDOE website. Also, because requirements vary by state, students should contact the Department of Education in their state of interest for administrator licensure requirements.


Ed.D. Special Education
The Ed.D. is delivered primarily online (along with one-week summer residencies) and is designed to facilitate the learning styles of adults and provide a collaborative community for higher-level thinking and problem solving. The problem-based curriculum, applied dissertation projects, and individually designed cognates allow for a tailor-made program. Undergirding the entire program is critical thinking, scholarly research, writing, and learning from a Christian worldview. The capstone project, as with any doctoral program, is the submission and defense of a doctoral dissertation.

The Special Education emphasis is designed to equip educators with advanced proficiencies in theoretical and practical analytical application and a comprehensive knowledge of the special education field. Emphases in historical, quantitative, and written analysis prepare students for leadership careers as university faculty or as senior educational administrators.


Doctor of Philosophy


Ph.D. Higher Education (TAR)
Coursework for the Ph.D. is delivered primarily online and is designed to facilitate the learning styles of adults and provide a collaborative community for higher-level thinking and problem solving. Residency requirements involve two summer residencies in addition to a one-year residency in which students work closely with faculty researchers. The program places an emphasis on (a) acquiring rigorous analytical research skills and tools (quantitative and qualitative) for vocations in higher education; (b) supporting research that will result in refereed publication in conferences, journals and books, (c) significant interaction with and mentorship by doctoral faculty, (d) vocations in higher education, and (e) developing a mature understanding of an integrative personal and professional life centered on the historic Christian faith.

Undergirding the entire program is critical thinking, scholarly research, writing and learning from a Christian worldview. The capstone project, as with any doctoral program, is the submission and defense of a doctoral dissertation.

The Higher Education TAR (Teaching, Administration and Research) doctoral program is designed for educational professionals who are seeking either an initial entry-level position in one of three sub-categories or who are in current positions where the doctorate is the required or preferred degree for advancement. Students should have either a part-time or full-time position in a higher education institution or possess a background that is widely-considered comparable to higher education.


Ph.D. Special Education
Coursework for the Ph.D. is delivered primarily online and is designed to facilitate the learning styles of adults and provide a collaborative community for higher-level thinking and problem solving. Residency requirements involve two summer residencies in addition to a one-year residency in which students work closely with faculty researchers. The program places an emphasis on (a) acquiring rigorous analytical research skills and tools (quantitative and qualitfative) for vocations in higher education, (b) supporting research that will result in refereed publication in conferences, journals and books, (c) significant interaction with and mentorship by doctoral faculty, (d) vocations in higher education, and (e) developing a mature understanding of an integrative personal and professional life centered on the historic Christian faith.

Undergirding the entire program is critical thinking, scholarly research, writing and learning from a Christian worldview. The capstone project, as with any doctoral program, is the submission and defense of a doctoral dissertation.

The Special Education emphasis is designed to equip educators with advanced proficiencies in theoretical and practical analytical application and a comprehensive knowledge of the special education field. Emphases in historical, quantitative, and written analysis prepare students for leadership careers as university faculty or as senior educational administrators.



Master's Degrees

Master of Education

M.Ed. Christian School Administration
The Christian School Administration program is a unique master's degree specially designed to equip administrators to develop a school culture that prepares students to live lives set apart for God. The focus is on complete surrender and obedient discipleship to Christ for the purpose of building His body of believers worldwide. Our program is distinctive in that it offers specific courses to develop both the academic and spiritual skills you'll need to lead your school. For instance, we offer courses in school law and finance as well as biblical integration and Christian character formation. Successful completion of your degree can also lead to Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) administrator certification.


M.Ed. Leadership in Mathematics Education
The K-8 Master of Education in Leadership in Mathematics Education is designed for the classroom teacher who wants to improve instructional skills as well as expand knowledge and skills in mathematics. Virginia teachers at the elementary and middle school levels must possess a deep understanding of the mathematics they are teaching, an understanding of how it connects to higher levels of mathematics, and a skillful use of methods to guide students in the learning.


M.Ed. Individualized Plan
The Individualized Degree Plan (IDP) is designed to support anyone in the education field who desires to become more knowledgeable of current best practices for educators, fundamental educational concepts and philosophy, general leadership in education, and the latest advances in technology from an educator's perspective. In addition, the IDP allows the transfer of the core of another discipline to the core of this educational program – providing an individualized program that can support students in a plethora of working environments.


M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) is designed to prepare educators to develop and deliver effective instructional opportunities for diverse students in various learning settings including public, private, higher education, and the workplace. Educators with leadership responsibilities (or who desire such responsibilities) such as department head, content specialist, lead teacher, or curriculum developer will benefit from this degree as well as those employed in school system or higher education administration, corporate, and non-profit settings.

Concentrations

  • Adult Education
  • Christian School
  • Gifted & Talented
  • Teacher Leader


M.Ed. Student Affairs
The Student Affairs program is designed to provide advanced training for higher education student affairs professionals. The program is tailored specifically to meet the unique challenges faced by career counselors, residence life directors, orientation supervisors, admissions administrators, financial aid officers and other student affairs professionals. The program focuses on the legal and business aspects of higher education, history and contemporary issues in higher education, development of the adult learner, strategic planning and program evaluation.


M.Ed. Career Switcher – Alternative Licensure (6-12)
The Career Switcher – Alternative Route to Licensure Program is designed to enable individuals from various occupational and life experiences to become middle school and high school classroom teachers. Regent University's Career Switcher program provides initial licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia in addition to 18 graduate-level credits that can be counted toward the completion of a Master's Degree in Education.


M.Ed. Special Education (K-12)
The Master's in Special Education (K-12) is designed for individuals seeking K-12 teacher licensure with an endorsement in special education, as well as for current special educators seeking further training in the field of special education. Focuses of this master's degree program include characteristics of students with disabilities, legal and ethical aspects associated with students with disabilities, collaboration and consultation, behavior management, social skills training, language acquisition, instructional methods and assessment.


M.Ed. Elementary Education (PreK-6)
The Master's of Education in Elementary Education leads to Pre-K-6 teacher certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia upon successful completion of all program requirements. Courses emphasize best practices for instruction and assessment as well as the preparation needed for Pre-K-6 students to master the Standards of Learning (SOL). Graduates in this program will be highly qualified to demonstrate an understanding of the unique learning characteristics, needs and capabilities of PreK-6 students. Knowledge of the dimensions of learning and employment of appropriate teaching strategies are key focuses of the program.


M.Ed. Educational Leadership
The goal of the Educational Leadership program is to improve PreK-12 student achievement by developing the academic and intellectual competencies of learning leaders. Further, the curriculum of the Educational Leadership program is designed to enhance the personal attributes and performances of learning leaders for the schools. The Educational Leadership program helps school leaders specifically identify what effective school leadership looks like, why school leadership matters and how to sustain effective school leadership.


M.Ed. Reading Specialist
The Reading Specialist program is designed to meet the growing demand for trained reading specialists by providing competency-based courses that fulfill the requirements for a Virginia Reading Specialist endorsement. Our Reading Specialist program courses offer a balanced perspective on teaching reading – preparing teachers in the areas of supervision, communication skills, technology, reading assessment, instruction, curriculum and research.


M.Ed. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
The TESOL program is designed for individuals who have a unique desire to work with children and/or adults who are learning English as a second or foreign language. Courses emphasize TESOL methodology, linguistics, intercultural/cross-cultural education, second language acquisition, teaching reading and assessing student achievement. Individuals pursuing the TESOL program – PreK-12 track must be licensed classroom teachers; however, a teaching license is not needed for individuals who wish to work with adult populations and plan to pursue the TESOL program – adult track. Individuals pursuing the TESOL program may consider positions in both domestic and international settings.

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FAQs

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When are your application deadlines?
The School of Education operates on a rolling admissions basis, which means that students may apply at any time. We suggest that applicants apply early for their chosen semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer) in order to receive an admissions decision in a timely manner and be considered for financial assistance opportunities; however, there is no set application deadline.


What is required to be considered for admission?
Review the application process here.


How do I attend class online?
Students use a web browser to attend online classes, in which they view course material, interact with faculty and students and submit assignments. Regent's School of Education courses do not require students to be online at specific times.


Can I really get a degree completely online?
As a Doctoral student, you can complete your degree entirely from your home during the academic year with a one-week on-campus summer residency each year.

As a Master's student, you can choose an entirely online program or complete your degree from your home during the academic year with a summer on-campus residency.


Is tuition the same for online students?
Our tuition is the same for online and on-campus students.

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