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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Adult Education

Degree Overview

Christopher Slater, Ed.D., Regent Graduate
Christopher Slater, Ed.D.
Talent Development Officer
Dept. of Transportation
Regent Graduate, 2009


"The value of a Regent
degree is the critical thinking
skills that you will gain.
Every theory you know,
every belief you held,
and even your faith,
will get stretched to the limits."

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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. The program places much 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 publication in refereed conference, journals and books; (c) significant interaction 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.


Spring & Summer 2015 Cohorts:
Ph.D. cohorts will begin in January and mid-June and a four-day residency will be held July 13-16, 2015 at our Virginia Beach Campus.

Doctorate in Adult Education Highlights

Courses: View Course Sequence and Descriptions
Length: 72 credit hours. May be completed in as little as 4 years.
Format: Offered in a cohort model. Students may begin the program in the spring or summer semesters. Courses are offered online with a one-week residency each summer of the program. School division cohorts are also offered in varying formats.
Results: Doctor of Philosophy degree. The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) is awarded after completion of 30 credit hours. The Doctor of Philosophy degree is awarded after completion of 72 credit hours.
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Features: Online coursework, concentration and dissertation advisor, on-campus residencies.

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Concentration Description

The Adult Education concentration 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 organizations. This concentration emphasizes theory and research of teaching and learning, motivation, self-efficacy, supervision, organizational and institutional change, design, delivery and evaluation issues in teaching and learning, and curriculum design for the adult learner. Read dissertation abstracts of students in the Adult Education concentration.


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Doctorate in Adult Education graduates will be able to:

  • Identify, respond to, and lead in important local, national, and global educational issues in a Christ-like manner from informed biblical perspectives.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how key theories inform planning, administration, policy, and professional practice.
  • Evaluate educational research from theoretical and methodological perspectives in order to determine its contribution to policy and professional practice.
  • Solve problems associated with planning, administration, policy, and professional practice by
    • analyzing data;
    • synthesizing information; and
    • applying critical thinking
  • Provide intellectual leadership in producing and communicating action research to significantly impact respective professional spheres of education
  • Demonstrate integrity, fairness, and ethical behavior in a Christ-like manner in planning, administration, policy development, problem solving, and professional practice.