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School of Education

Regent’s School of Education is the place to pursue your credentials in education if you desire an environment that offers a rich and encouraging mix of scholarship, leadership, and mentorship. Our standard of excellence has contributed to our school’s recognition by U.S. News & World Report, 2023, for top online programs.

Ours is a fully accredited academic program is designed to introduce you to today’s leading-edge practices in teaching and administration. Your education degree is important to us. That is why we allow the transfer of up to 90 credit hours — 50% of your degree —so that you can achieve your goal.

 At Regent, you won’t just read about education theories and approaches. You’ll see them modeled firsthand by Regent professors. And, thanks to these nationally recognized leaders, you will be fully engaged in classes with faculty who are clearly invested in you. Whether you’re just beginning your teaching career or looking to further specialize and advance, we have a track for you.

Options for Pursuing a Career:

PRovisional License

Discover all the rewards that come with teaching by applying for your provisional teaching license and get started in the classroom right away! 

Career Switcher

Ready to switch careers? Earn your certificate in just a few months and get the hands-on experience needed to excel at teaching.

Master’s in Education

Earn your M.Ed. to advance more quickly in the world of education, specialize in your passion, and acquire valuable leadership skills.  

Educational Leadership

Have higher aspirations? Qualify for supervisory or administrative roles with a master’s in educational leadership and grow your career.

Teaching Certificate

Regent offers several professional development courses in multiple formats, including online, on-campus, and hybrid.

Licensure Add-Ons

Expand your subject matter expertise! With just a few additional courses, you can acquire an add-on endorsement in an area like Special Ed.

Why Choose Regent’s School of Education?

  • Provisional courses are $200 per credit up to 9 credits can transfer into a master’s program
  • National Accreditation achieved from The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Fall 2023 – Fall 2030
  • Free Professional Educator Assessment tutoring (VCLA, Praxis) offered by faculty
  • Students eligible for IMPACT Mentor Program mentors are professional alumni in their respective fields
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Success Stories

“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

“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

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

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

“There’s an atmosphere of excellence at Regent.”

Sharon Byrdsong, Ed.D., 2008 K-12 School Leadership

“One of the biggest skills I learned through my studies at Regent was confidence. I learned that I am worthy, and I can go forward in my career and affect more students than just those in my own classroom.”

Kathy Galford, Ed.D., 2018 School Principal, Chesapeake Public Schools

Graduates go on to have successful careers in the global marketplace, including positions at Fortune 100 companies.

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January 24, 2024
Regent University Earns Six Top Awards from Forbes Advisor

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (Jan. 24, 2024) – Forbes Advisor has declared Regent University among the nation’s top universities for online education.   Forbes Advisor celebrated Regent University’s commitment to excellence with the …

November 14, 2023
Regent University Educator Prep Programs Recognized for National Excellence

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (Nov. 14, 2023) – The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) has granted full national accreditation at the initial-licensure level and the advanced level to the Regent University …

July 31, 2023
Regent Honors and Remembers Former Provost George Selig

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (July 31, 2023) – Regent University mourns the loss of Dr. William George Selig, a former Dean, Provost, and Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at Regent University. He passed away on July 29, 2023 …

March 17, 2023
How to Become a Special Education Teacher

In the 2020-21 school year, 15% of all public school students aged 3-21 received special education. 1 In 1975, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was passed, granting free and accessible public school education to all eligible students …

March 13, 2023
Regent University Named #5 Best Military Friendly® School for 2023-24

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (Mar. 13, 2023) – Regent University was ranked #5 by Military Friendly® Schools for the academic year 2023-24, up one spot from last year’s ranking. Regent’s #5 …

February 27, 2023
‘God is Here’: Regent University Experiences Outpouring of Spiritual Renewal

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (Feb. 27, 2023) – As revival moves to college campuses across the nation, Regent University students, faculty, and staff are experiencing a miraculous move of God. The Holy Spirit …

January 24, 2023
U.S. News & World Report Ranks Regent the #1 Best Online Bachelor’s in Virginia – for the 11th Year in a Row

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (Jan. 24, 2023) – Regent University continues to hold the No. 1 spot as the Best Online Bachelor’s Program in Virginia, according …

June 20, 2022
Regent University School of Education Launches Professional Practice Dissertation Option

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (June 20, 2022) – Regent University School of Education is pleased to announce the launch of a Professional Practice Dissertation (PPD) for its Ed.D. K-12 School Leadership and Advanced …

June 7, 2022
Why is College Important? Pursue a Life of Significance at Regent

Why is college important in setting the scene for future success? The answers go far beyond higher pay or better job opportunities, although there are plenty of benefits like that. The experience can impart dividends that can't be …

May 7, 2022
Regent University Celebrates Largest Graduating Class at 42nd Commencement Ceremony

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (May 7, 2022) – On Saturday, May 7, 2022, Regent University conferred 2,559 undergraduate and graduate degrees at its 42nd commencement ceremony—making the class of 2022 the largest …

March 29, 2022
U.S. News & World Report Ranks Regent University Graduate Schools Among the Best in the Nation

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (March 29, 2022) – According to the 2023 Best Graduate Schools rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report, Regent University's graduate schools ranked among the best in …

March 14, 2022
Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson Hosts Exclusive Chancellor’s Forum for Regent University School of Education

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (March 14, 2022) – Regent University Founder, Chancellor and CEO Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson hosted the first School of Education Chancellor’s Forum on March 8, 2022 …

February 25, 2022
Regent University Scores High Marks in Niche’s 2022 Best Colleges Rankings

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (February 25, 2022) – Niche recently released its 2022 Best Colleges list, ranking Regent University among the best colleges in the nation for its campus, dorms, safety, degree programs, diversity …

February 14, 2022
Regent University Announces Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin as 2022 Commencement Speaker

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (February 14, 2022) – Regent University is pleased to announce that Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin will be the keynote speaker for Regent’s 42nd commencement ceremony on May 7, 2022 …

December 28, 2021
Regent University Celebrates the 2021 Year in Review

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (December 28, 2021) – In 2021, Regent University celebrated record-breaking milestones, launched new programs and initiatives, welcomed new leaders, and received prestigious honors and awards. The following highlights …