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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) – K-12 School Leadership


Dr. Gary Maestas, Ed.D., Regent Graduate
Dr. Gary Maestas, Ed.D.
Plymouth Public Schools
Regent Graduate, 2009

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Degree Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in K-12 School Leadership is delivered online with some required face-to-face components 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. A four-day residency will be held July 13-16, 2015 at our Virginia Beach Campus.

Ph.D. in K-12 School Leadership Highlights

Courses: View Course Sequence and Descriptions
Length: 74 credit hours. Students have seven years to complete the program.
Format: Offered in a cohort model. Students may begin the program in the spring or summer semesters. Courses are delivered online with some required face-to-face components, including a four-day residency each summer of the program. School division cohorts are also offered in varying formats.

Results: Doctor of Philosophy in K-12 School Leadership degree and the Administration & Supervision endorsement. 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 online Ph.D. in K-12 School Leadership provides continuing education for teachers and is designed for those seeking initial administrative endorsement. Students seeking this add-on endorsement must already hold a professional teaching license, a copy of which is required with the admissions application, and have completed a minimum of three years teaching experience upon program completion. The courses for this Ph.D. in K-12 School Leadership program 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. Read more>>

Career Opportunities

The Doctor of Philosophy with a concentration in K-12 School Leadership will prepare you for leadership positions throughout K-12 education for both the public and private setting. Individuals pursuing the Administration & Supervision endorsement will be prepared for positions such as principals, vice principals or central office employees in the public school setting. The program provides preparation for higher education faculty positions and opportunities within state departments of education.

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Ph.D. in K-12 School Leadership 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.