The Doctor of Education in K-12 School Leadership is an online degree program that provides continuing education for teachers and is designed for those seeking initial administrative endorsement in preparation for positions as principal or assistant principal. Courses are organized around the six Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium standards and the endorsement competencies for Administration and Supervision preK-12 as issued by the Virginia Department of Education.
Delivery Format: Online w/Residency
Total Credit Hours Required: 68 +
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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.
Theory and practice in analyzing qualitative data. Topics include coding, meaning generation and validation.
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.
Basic understanding of statistical methods, particularly as they pertain to research in education. Focuses on conceptual rather than mathematical and applied rather than theoretical. Understand why a particular statistical technique is appropriate and how to make sense of the results obtained from its utilization rather than to understand the full mathematical underpinnings of the statistic. SPSS will be used as a productivity tool to perform all statistical procedures. Specific topics include descriptive statistics, visual representation of data, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation.
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.
Doctoral candidates will work with their dissertation committee to defend their proposal, research and collect data, write and defend five chapters of their dissertation. Each candidate must register for a minimum of 15 dissertation credits. The credits will be equally distributed into 5-credit segments over 3 consecutive semesters.
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 10 hours to complete.
Application Process – Doctoral Programs (Ed.D.)
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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line: SOE Doctoral Application Pieces or fax to 757.352.4725
Step 4: Current Resume
Provide a professional resume of employment and accomplishments. Email to email@example.com using the subject line: SOE Doctoral Application Pieces or fax to 757.352.4725.
Step 5: Complete Your Admissions Survey
Please complete a brief admissions survey 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 survey 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 2017-2018 academic year is:
|Degree Level / Program||Cost Per Credit Hour|
|Ed.D. & Ph.D.||$775/credit hour|
(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.)
|Technology Fee||$300 per term|
|Parking Fee (On-Campus Students)||$100 per term|
|Council of Graduate Students Fee||$15 for spring & fall terms|
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 doctoral degrees 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. Two residencies are required, with 2 credit hours being awarded for each residency. Residency takes place on the VB campus typically for four days with the 2018 residency occurring July 9-12.
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Campus and Local Area
If you are making travel arrangements, Norfolk International Airport (ORF) is approximately 9 miles (15 min.) from Regent University. Newport News – Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) is approximately 35 miles (45 min.) from Regent. Richmond International Airport (RIC) is approximately 92 miles (1 hr. 30 min.) from Regent. If you are staying at The Founders Inn and will be arriving at Norfolk International Airport, you may call the hotel to make arrangements for the shuttle to pick you up from the airport. (757) 424-5511 – Ask for Guest Services.
Please keep in mind that residency is mandatory for the Ed.S., Ed.D., and Ph.D. programs. An important means to assess your skills, quality of thought, and growth as a learner, every student is required to attend every scheduled session/activity. Attendance will be recorded and an unapproved absence from any session will likely result in a failure for the course and thus the forfeiture of the 2 credits necessary for completion of this program requirement.
Students possessing an Ed.S. or equivalent may be admitted to the Ed.D. program with advanced standing after a review of their post-master’s transcript(s). Offered in a cohort model. Students may begin the program in the spring, summer or fall semesters. Courses are delivered online with some required face-to-face components. School division cohorts are also offered in varying formats.
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