Delivery Format: Online w/Residency
Total Credit Hours Required: 33
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The Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership with a concentration in K-12 School Leadership is an online program that provides continuing education for teachers and is designed for those seeking initial Administrative endorsement. Courses have been organized around the six Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards and the endorsement competencies for Administration and Supervision preK-12 as issued by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) in preparation for positions as assistant principal or principal. The Ed.S., which may be completed in just five semesters, is a degree in and of itself, but it may also be earned on the way to the completion of the terminal Ed.D.
Focuses on the role of the school leader by preparing for state licensure as required by numerous states and measuring beginning educational leaders' understanding and knowledge of a broad range of job-related topics, including whether entry-level education leaders have the standards-relevant knowledge believed necessary for competent professional practice. A description of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards, test-taking strategies, sample questions, annotated responses and specific problems-based learning. Cross-listed with EADM 596.
Critical examination of theories and practices of leadership and communication as they relate to individuals and organizations within the context of educational systems.
Underpinnings, principles and issues of curriculum, instruction and assessment as they directly relate to student learning and achievement.
Analysis, synthesis and evaluation of key legal, ethical, policy and professional issues confronting K-12 educators.
Leadership and management skills that achieve efficient and effective organizational operations. Emphasizes strategic planning (including vision/mission) and principles, practices and issues of budgeting affecting all operations at the district and building levels including management of resources, time and space.
Analysis and problem solving in recruitment, selection, placement, training and evaluation of personnel as it relates to the purpose of education. Emphasis is given to human resources management and development functions in schools and school districts and the role of professionalism in advancing educational goals.
One-week, on-campus requirement.
Explores the development of a Christian worldview with a particular emphasis on Regent University's mission. Evaluates cultural and educational trends through the lens of a Christian worldview.
Introduction to descriptive statistical analysis and the purpose of statistical treatments and interpretation of results that may identify and inform sound financial and other educational decisions. Pass/No Pass.
An online two-credit course designed to help acclimate students to Regent University and online learning. It will provide the knowledge, resources and essential skills needed for success at the graduate level. Topics include academic writing, online learning, information literacy, and advising and support services. It may be required for some students as a condition of admission, and may substitute for UNIV LIB Information Research and Resources and/or ENGL 500 Graduate Academic Writing Seminar.
In this exploding age of information, it is the objective of the library faculty to prepare graduates to be on the cutting edge of information technology. Information literacy is the ability to effectively access information for problem solving and decision-making; thus, the knowledge and abilities you glean from this course will open doors to lifelong learning. It is imperative for graduate study research. Since the information learned in this course is a vital foundation for all other coursework, its completion is required within the first semester of study. The course takes approximately ten hours to complete.
Application Process – Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)
Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.
Step 1: Application & Application Fee
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.
Pay the $50 application fee online during the application process.
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.
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: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line: SOE Specialist 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.
Step 3: Graduate Program Academic Paper
Please submit a scholarly reviewed, academic writing sample, on a journal article topic related to your concentration. Your submission needs to be at least five pages in length (preferably research based) and with at least five scholarly references. Email to email@example.com using the subject line: SOE Specialist Application Pieces or fax to 757.352.4725
Step 4: Current Resume
Provide a professional resume of employment and accomplishments. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line: SOE Specialist Application Pieces or fax to 757.352.4725.
Step 5: 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 objects with our programs. The admissions questionnaire can be found here. Once completed, it will be sent directly to an enrollment counselor who will be in touch with you right away to help complete the rest of your application.
Step 6: 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.
Background Check: Students in endorsement programs are required to complete a background check because the program includes direct contact with students in field experiences. Regent University School of Education has entered into an agreement with Certified Background/Castle Branch (CB), a private vendor that conducts background checks for many universities and educational institutions. After you are admitted into the program, you will be provided instructions set up an online profile with Certified Background and request your background check. Learn more.
Tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is:
|Degree Level / Program||Cost Per Credit Hour|
|Ed.S.||$715 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)|
|Ed.D. & Ph.D.||$775 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)|
(The Ed.S. program & tuition rate counts toward the first 31 credit hours of the Ed.D./Ph.D. Remaining credit hours toward a doctoral degree incur the higher tuition rate.)
Student Fees Per Semester
|University Services Fee (Online Students)||$550|
|Library Orientation||$50 (one-time fee)|
|Blackboard Orientation||$50 (one-time fee)|
*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.Learn more about scholarships and financial aid.
The Ed.S., Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs are committed to the historical foundations of the specialist and applied doctoral degree in which a community of scholars and experts is created among faculty-mentors, successful professionals in the field, and learners. Regent University mirrors historical tradition by using intensive residencies. Residencies occur in the summer, and they allow learners to interface with faculty and other students to provide specialized professional experiences outside the usual course of study and provide interaction with various constituencies. In view of this goal, waiving residency requirements will not be considered. Residencies are required, with 2 credit hours being awarded for each residency. Residency takes place on the Virginia Beach Campus for four days (Monday - Thursday).
The 2018 residency is July 9-12 on our Virginia Beach campus.
The information below is designed to help you get acquainted with the area as you prepare for travel. Additional info concerning lodging, schedules, expectations, maps, and other pertinent details can be found on the Blackboard Residency Organization site, which is updated regularly. If you have any additional questions, please contact your Academic Advisor.
Campus and Local Area
All students must complete a culminating experience: The submission and successful defense of a doctoral dissertation.
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