Pursuing a Graduate Teacher Licensure

The Master of Arts in Education Graduate Teacher Licensure Program offers a way for recent college graduates to earn a professional Colorado teaching license in an accelerated, intensive format.
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M.A. in Education: Graduate Teacher Licensure

Degree Overview

The Graduate Teacher Licensure (GTL) program targets students who earned bachelor’s degrees within the past five years, although it is open to anyone with a qualifying degree. Most of the courses are taken alongside undergraduates who are also working towards professional teacher licensure.

Teaching licenses can be earned in elementary education (33 semester hours), K-12 Art (28 semester hours), or secondary education (28 semester hours). Secondary content areas include science, mathematics, English, social studies, Spanish, French, German, or business/marketing. View our content prerequisites tab on our admissions webpage to verify you are eligible for entry into the program. 

Licensure coursework and over 800 hours in a guided classroom teaching internship in local schools are completed within one intense, full-time calendar year. Elementary education requires three semesters. A part-time format is also available for those who desire more flexibility in their schedule to hold a job or attend to other responsibilities. Courses take place on the Regis Lowell campus, following the traditional college calendar, mostly during daytime hours, and are taught by full-time faculty with extensive school-based experience.

The program begins with an intensive summer institute, generally held from mid-July through August. Participants move through the program as a cohort, enjoy small class sizes and personalized advising, and apply theory to practice in authentic ways in the classroom.

The licensure coursework counts towards a master’s degree. For students who wish to continue on to complete the Master of Arts in Education, an additional 9-21 credits are required). This coursework can be completed in as little as one year. These courses are held on weekends, evenings, and summers to accommodate working teachers.

The state endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education can also be earned through additional courses beyond the initial licensure requirements. This endorsement is highly valued by school districts and is likely to increase graduates' success in finding a teaching job.

Program Requirements

Secondary & Art K-12 Licensure (for 2016-2017)

  • 28 SH for licensure + an additional 14 credits to complete MA
  • Secondary Colorado initial teaching license, CLDE Endorsement AND MAE: Graduate Teacher Licensure master’s degree 

Term Course Semester Hours Field Experience Hours
Summer 
Semester
4 SH

ED 604 Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society 2 0
ED 606 Assessment for Learning 2


Fall
Semester
14 SH
ED 635 Secondary Curriculum, Planning & Classroom Management 3 + 100 hours of field work in schools
ED 603B Secondary Literacy: Content, Instruction, & Assessment 3
ED 601 Teaching the Exceptional Child in the General Education Classroom 3
ED 685 Theories, Strategies & Assessments for CLD K-12  3
*ED 680E School Internship/Student Teaching 2

Spring
Semester
9 SH
ED 621-633 Secondary Content Area Methods  3

+ Full time student teaching 

ED 695 Seminar: Teaching and Learning in Diverse Schools  2
ED 634 Secondary or K-12 Art Student Teaching
4
ED 699 Capstone licensure presentation
0

NOTE: Licensure completed at this point. Student is eligible to be hired as a teacher of record. Students complete the following classes in the MAE program while they are teaching full time. 

Term Course Semester Hours
Summer
Semester
MAE 605M Multicultural Perspectives
3
Fall
Semester
MAE 665G Linguistics I: Second Language Acquisition
2
Spring
Semester
MAE 655I Assessment for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education
3
Summer
Semester

MAE 665R Linguistics II: Form and Function
3
Fall
Semester

MAE 614 Action Research: Foundations
3
Spring
Semester

MAE 616 Action Research: Application & MAE 665P Literacy for Linguistically Diverse Education

6

Licensure = 27 SH

CLDE Endorsement + MA in Education = 21 SH

Total = 48 SH

NOTE: Subject to change based on changes to state licensure rules.

Elementary Licensure Overview (2016-2017)

  • 33 SH for licensure + an additional 9-21 credits to complete M.A.
  • NOTE: This chart illustrates in which term the required courses are typically offered. Elementary licensure requires 3-4 semesters to complete, however, including one semester of full-time student teaching. Please consult with program director on advising plan.

Master of Arts in Education: Graduate Teacher Licensure Elementary 

Colorado initial teaching license, CLDE Endorsement AND MAE: Graduate Teacher Licensure master’s degree 

Term Offered Course Semester Hours Field Experience Hours
Summer
Semester
4SH
ED 604 Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society 2 0
ED 606 Assessment for Learning 2

Fall
Semester
12 SH
ED 618A Science Methods  3 + 50 hours of field work in schools
ED 618D Social Studies Methods 3
ED 601 Teaching the Exceptional Child in the General Education Classroom 3
ED 603A Elementary Reading and Writing: Content, Instruction, Assessment 3
ED 680E School Internship and Support Seminar 0

Spring
Semester
14 SH
ED 610 Language, Literacy, and Linguistics for Educators  3 + 50 hours of field work in schools
ED 618B Elementary Math: Content, Instruction, and Assessment (S) 3
ED 647 Multicultural Literature and Literacy Across the Elementary Curriculum (S) 3
ED 685 Theories, Strategies & Assessment for CLD K-12  3
ED 680F School Internship/Student Teaching  2

Fall
Semester
3 SH
ED 680 G Student Teaching 2 + Full-time student teaching 
ED 699 Capstone licensure presentation  0
ED 695 Seminar: Teaching and Learning in Diverse Schools (F/S) 1




Licensure completed at this point. Student is eligible to be hired as a teacher of record. Students complete the following classes in the MAE program while they are teaching full time. 

Term Course Semester Hours
Summer MAE 605 Multicultural Perspectives 3
Fall MAE 665G Linguistics I: Second Language Acquisition 3
Spring MAE 605I Assessment for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education
3
Summer MAE 665R Linguistics II: Form and Function
3
Fall MAE 614 Action Research: Foundations
3
Spring MAE 616 Action Research: Application &
MAE 665P Literacy for Linguistically Diverse Education
6

Licensure = 33 SH 
CLDE Endorsement + MA in Education = 21 SH 
Total = 54 SH

NOTE: Subject to change based on changes to state licensure rules.

After Licensure Overview (2016-2017)

  • Within five years of licensure

To complete only MAE: Graduate Teacher Licensure master’s degree, additional 9 SH 

Course Semester
Hours
MAE 614 Action Research: Foundations
3
MAE 616 Action Research: Application
3
MAE 605M Multicultural Perspectives
3

To complete only the CLDE Endorsement, additional 15 SH 

Course Semester Hours
MAE 665G Linguistics I: Second Language Acquisition
3
MAE 665R Linguistics II: Form and Function
3
MAE 655I Assessment for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education
3
MAE 605M Multicultural Perspectives
3
MAE 665P Literacy for Linguistically Diverse Education
3

To complete both the CLDE Endorsement AND the MAE: Graduate Teacher Licensure master’s degree, additional 21 SH

Course Semester Hours
MAE 665G Linguistics I: Second Language Acquisition
3
MAE 665R Linguistics II: Form and Function
3
MAE 655I Assessment for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education
3
MAE 605M Multicultural Perspectives
3
MAE 665P Literacy for Linguistically Diverse Education
3
MAE 614 Action Research: Foundations
3
MAE 614 Action Research: Applications
3

Sample Plan of Classes

Term Course Semester Hours
Summer MAE 605 Multicultural Perspectives 3
Fall MAE 665G Linguistics I: Second Language Acquisition 3
Spring MAE 605I Assessment for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education
3
Summer MAE 665R Linguistics II: Form and Function
3
Fall MAE 614 Action Research: Foundations
3
Spring MAE 616 Action Research: Application &
MAE 665P Literacy for Linguistically Diverse Education
6


NOTE: Subject to change based on changes to state licensure rules.

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the available courses offered at Regis University within this respective degree program. The courses below include the degree program requirements as well as subject related courses. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

ED 601. Teaching the Exceptional Student in the General Education Classroom

Focuses on philosophy and methodology of integrating exceptional children into regular classroom. Studies mental retardation, learning disabilities, behavior disorders, communication disorders, hearing and visual impairment, physical impairment and the gifted and talented. Includes techniques and methods of diagnosis, remediation and individualization. Includes a research component. Fieldwork required in an assigned Metro Denver area school.

ED 603A. Elementary Reading & Writing: Content, Instruction & Assessment

Focuses on the significance of literacy and models teachers use to foster literacy acquisition in contemporary elementary classrooms. Participants observe, demonstrate, and evaluate peers and their own literacy instruction within the context of comprehension, phonetic awareness, phonics, fluency, and vocabulary. Includes reading and writing instruction and integration of fiction and nonfiction literature that stimulates joyful reading and writing. Coursework includes readings, demonstrates, simulations, lectures, dialogue, group and individual presentations, and written analyses of fieldwork data. Includes a research component. NOTE: Fieldwork required in an assigned Metro Denver area school.

ED 603B. Secondary Literacry: Content, Instruction & Assessment

Participants build background knowledge and apply instructional strategies and assessments designed to promote students success as readers, writers, speakers, and listeners in middle school and high school classrooms. Coursework includes readings, demonstrations, discussions, and written analyses of fieldwork data. Includes a research component. NOTE: Fieldwork required in an assigned Metro Denver area school.

ED 604. Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society

Surveys theory and practice in American education, including historical contributions, philosophical approaches, and sociological functions. Provides an introduction to standards-based, assessment-driven education from both national and state perspectives. Provides an introduction to content-area methods as well.

ED 606. Assessment of Learning

Provides an overview of assessment and instruction on the construction of reliable and valid instruments, including selected response and constructed response formats. Examines performance assessment and the construction of a body of evidence necessitated by Standards-Based Education. Includes a research component. NOTE: Fieldwork required in an assigned Metro Denver area school.

ED 610. Language, Literacy & Linguistics for Educators

Applies scientific research to classroom practices of language study including phonetics, phonology, morphology, orthography, semantics, and syntax. Particular emphasis upon spelling, grammar, handwriting, and designing instruction according to students assessed needs.

ED 615. Exploring Identity & Diversity in Young Adult Literature

Examines themes of identity and diversity in a range of multicultural literature for young adults, with emphases on interpretation and pedagogy. Relates structural and thematic elements to the personal and academic development of adolescents, and explores ways to weave this literary genre into the fabric of secondary content area classes. Students will construct thematic units and lessons in a standards-based assessment driven environment. Includes a research component.

*This course can count as the Young Adult Literature content competency requirement for secondary English licensure candidates. It only counts towards content competency, not towards professional licensure credits, however.

ED 618A. Elementary Science: Content, Instruction & Assessment

Surveys methods, materials and concepts related to the teaching of the various sciences. Combines the knowledge of content areas with the skills and approaches pertinent to the field. Includes a research component. Co-requisite(s): ED 618D. NOTE: Fieldwork required in an assigned Metro Denver area school.

ED 618B. Elementary Mathematics: Content, Instruction & Assessment

Surveys methods and materials appropriate to teaching mathematics. Combines the knowledge of content area with the skills and approaches pertinent to the field. Includes a research component. Co-requisite(s): ED 618C. NOTE: Fieldwork required in an assigned Metro Denver area school.

ED 618D. Elementary Social Studies: Content, Instruction & Assessment

Surveys methods, materials and concepts related to teaching social studies. Combines the knowledge of content area with the skills and approaches pertinent to the filed. Includes a research component. Co-requisite(s): ED 618A. NOTE: Fieldwork required in an assigned Metro Denver area school.

ED 621. Secondary English: Content, Instruction & Assessment

Examines materials, methods and assessment practices used in teaching English at the middle and high school levels. Analyzes grammar, composition, the short story, the novel, drama, poetry and communications. Emphasizes whole class, small group and individualized instruction and new curricular approaches. Includes a research component. NOTE: Fieldwork required in an assigned Metro Denver area school.

ED 625. Secondary World Language: Content, Instruction & Assessment

Examines materials, methods and assessment practices used in teaching world language (French, German, or Spanish) at the middle and high school levels. Analyzes grammar, composition, the short story, the novel, drama, poetry and communications. Emphasizes whole class, small group and individualized instruction and new curricular approaches. Includes a research component. NOTE: Fieldwork required in an assigned Metro Denver area school.

ED 627. Secondary Mathematics: Content, Instruction & Assessment

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ED 627A. Secondary Business: Content, Instruction & Assessment

Examines methods, materials, and assessment practices appropriate for teaching middle school and high school accounting, bookkeeping, consumer law and economics. Emphasizes specific classroom applications related to non-clerical business courses. Includes a research component. NOTE: Fieldwork required in an assigned Metro Denver area school.

ED 629. Secondary Science: Content, Instruction & Assessment

Examines materials, methods, and assessment practices used for teaching science at the middle and high school levels. Attention given to whole class, laboratory, small group and individualized instruction and new curricular approaches. Includes a research component. NOTE: Fieldwork required in an assigned Metro Denver area school.

ED 631. Secondary Social Studies: Content, Instruction & Assessment

Examines materials, methods, and assessment practices used in teaching social studies at the middle and high school levels. Adapts history, political science, economics, sociology, cultural geography, social psychology and cultural anthropology to meaningfulness within the secondary Curriculum. Attention given to integrating current events for curricular relevance. Includes a research component. NOTE: Fieldwork required in an assigned Metro Denver area school.

ED 633. K-12 Art: Content, Instruction & Assessment

Explores and applies theoretical and practical issues in designing and implementing a K-12 art education program. Emphasizes current trends in art education; materials and methods of teaching and assessing various art media; and curriculum development. Includes a research component. NOTE: Fieldwork required in an assigned Metro Denver area school.

ED 635. Secondary Curriculum Planning & Classroom Management

Provides students with knowledge and skills needed for effective classroom management and planning in a Standards-Based environment. Students will demonstrate mastery of short and long term planning, time management, and research-driven methods to improve and report student achievement, and develop instructional and behavioral expectations for the successful classroom. Includes a research component. NOTE: Fieldwork required in an assigned Metro Denver area school.

ED 647. Multicultural Literature and Literacy Across the Elementary Curriculum

Explores historical and contemporary literature for children and adolescents in America. Examines literature representing various genres that teachers use in elementary and secondary classrooms. Coursework includes readings, demonstrations, discussions, field trips, and written analyses of fieldwork data. Includes a research component. NOTE: Fieldwork required in an assigned Metro Denver area school.

ED 680E-H. School Internship/Student Teaching

Students will complete a minimum of 800 fieldwork hours as a teaching intern in a school classroom under the direction of a cooperating teacher as part of the Graduate Teacher Licensure Program. Work with children/adolescents is designed to connect coursework with classroom experience. School placement will be arranged by the Education Department. Fee required. NOTE: Students should register for one section of fieldwork in any given term. Pass/No Pass grading only. Students need a total of 6 credits of ED 680 for licensure.

ED 685. Theories, Strategies & Assessment for CLD K-12

Provides research-based methods and strategies for teaching English as a Second Language to speakers of other languages. Explores curriculum materials appropriate to the development of English as a Second Language. Examines process learning as it applies to ESL in content areas. Discusses and demonstrates specific teaching methodology including natural learning and sheltered approaches to develop academic English. Includes a research component. NOTE: Fieldwork required in an assigned Metro Denver area school.

ED/MAE 690E-W. Independent Study in Education

Pursues independent exploration of areas of interest under the supervision of a department member. Prerequisite(s): Approval of Program Director required.

ED 695. Seminar: Teaching & Learning In Diverse Schools

Examines current educational issues especially related to equity-oriented practices and context of student teaching in urban schools. Provides support for completion of Teacher Work Sample and Portfolio. Prerequisite(s): Good standing in program. Approval of program director required. NOTE: Fieldwork required in an assigned Metro Denver area school.

ED 699. Capstone Licensure Presentation & Review

Candidates are required to register for the Capstone Licensure Presentation and Review during the final May term of the program. Candidates must have completed all other program requirements prior to the Review semester. The purpose of the Capstone Licensure Presentation and Review is to provide a forum for prospective graduates to actively and creatively demonstrate their progress towards state licensure standards and their growth as learners and educators, as demonstrated in the Teacher Work Sample and Portfolio and elsewhere. The Capstone Licensure Presentation and Review serves as a “comprehensive examination.” Prerequisite(s): Approval of program director required. NOTE: Pass/No Pass grading only.

Program Highlights

Program Highlights

Why complete licensure through the Regis College Graduate Teacher Licensure/Master's Program?

  • High standards to ensure that graduates are very well-prepared for the challenges of contemporary classrooms
  • High placement rate: All graduates who wanted teaching positions after finishing the program were hired
  • Competitively priced graduate tuition (much lower than undergrad rates): For the 2014-2015 academic year, tuition is $475 per credit hour
  • Teacher education embedded in traditional liberal arts Jesuit college experience
  • Specialized preparation for success in teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students
  • Teamed with the only teacher education program in Colorado in which students simultaneously earn the required endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education
  • Carefully selected school placements with qualified mentors
  • Catholic school placements available
  • Guided classroom teaching internships in diverse, urban schools
  • Research-based, hands-on learning; interactive, collaborative teaching style in courses
  • Strong connection between theory and practice
  • Faculty members with extensive school-based experience and published in their fields
  • Classroom-based courses (not online)
  • Small class and program size
  • Opportunities to earn money substitute teaching for mentors while completing school-based internship
  • Explicit focus on diversity, equity and social justice
  • Loan forgiveness possibilities

Learn more by viewing our program flier.

How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Currently accepting applications. Please contact ruadmissions@regis.edu or 800.944.7667 to discuss your interest in applying.

Apply Now

Apply now by downloading and completing the documents listed below and comparing your academic preparation to the requirements for our available areas of licensure.

Application Checklist

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Current resume, including specific experience with youth
  • Personal statement (see topic in application packet)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (Regis students can download unofficial transcripts using WebAdvisor and submit them)
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee (fee waived for Regis University students or graduates)