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EdD in K-12 School Leadership

Teachers who want to advance their careers into principal or assistant principal roles may be interested in Regent University's Doctor of Education with a concentration in K-12 School Leadership. Find details about this online EdD here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Education with a concentration in K-12 School Leadership

School Offering Program:

Regent University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Teachers interested in this EdD with a concentration in K-12 School Leadership program should have a strong faith and the willingness to take administrative roles in the field of education. Applicants should already have a master's degree. All applicants to Regent University graduate programs should have a bachelor's degree; some programs may have other requirements.

Program Description:

Regent University's EdD in K-12 School Leadership is designed for current teachers who are looking to earn initial administrative endorsement. Courses follow the Virginia Department of Education's endorsement competencies and are presented using the standards of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium. Students might learn strategies for operating schools, community relations, resource planning, and leadership skills. Additional course topics cover the recruitment, training, and evaluation of education staff, budgeting, and current legal and professional issues in K-12 education. The Doctor of Education in K-12 School Leadership also aims to prepare students to take the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.

Learning Format:

Online (with required residency)

Program Length:

68+ credits

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Regent University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Doctor of Education with a concentration in K-12 School Leadership:

Students must complete 68 credit hours to graduate with this EdD degree. In addition to online classwork, students are also asked to complete a residency, a dissertation, and an internship (which is required for the endorsement. Contact Regent University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Core Courses (68 credits)

  • Online Orientation
  • Information Research & Resources
  • Regent Foundations for Graduate Success
  • Christian Worldview for Educators Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Legal, Ethical, Policy, & Professional Issues in Education
  • Residency
  • Advanced Theory & Practice of Leadership, Communication, & Organizations
  • Advanced Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment
  • Internship
  • Strategic Planning & Leadership of School Resources & Operations
  • School and Community Relations
  • Advanced Practices in Personnel Administration
  • The Principalship
  • Residency
  • Research Design & Analysis
  • Issues in Education
  • Educational Statistics
  • Concentration Elective
  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Concentration Elective II
  • Residency
  • Dissertation Research

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates of the Doctor of Education program with a K-12 School Leadership concentration may have gained the administrative and leadership skills that might serve them in leadership careers in education. Upon graduation, students may be prepared to earn the administrative endorsement for taking on roles such as assistant principal and principal.

Some possible positions in this field include:

  • School administrator
  • Assistant principal
  • School superintendent
  • Principal
  • Program administrator

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