Become a Leader in Special Education

This graduate program was designed for learners who already hold a bachelor's degree and are seeking a graduate degree and initial teacher licensure in Special Education.
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M.Ed. Special Education (initial teacher licensure)

Degree Overview

Regis University's M.Ed. in Special Education with initial teacher licensure is designed for educators seeking the expertise needed to effectively teach students with a wide variety of special needs, ages five to 21, in the state of Colorado. Our Teacher Education program is nationally approved through the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

The Teacher Education program is based on the philosophy that learning to be a teacher is best accomplished when an understanding of theory and practice is balanced by the knowledge gained through diverse experience in schools. Foundational courses will introduce you to theories in education. Content (subject area) courses will ensure that you have the depth of knowledge needed to teach in your endorsement area. Your professional sequence courses will emphasize field placement and experiential learning and your student teaching semester will be your final culmination in applying what you have learned.

Regis University's teacher licensure program develops educational leaders who improve and transform society. The curriculum emphasizes four distinctive areas:

  • Jesuit ideals including serving others, striving for excellence and reflective practice
  • Service learning integrated into every program, integrating theory with practical application
  • Curriculum focused on developing teachers who are data literate and able think critically
  • Instructional technology embedded into every course to help teachers inspire a deeper level of learning among students

A graduate license/endorsement is dependent on the major of your bachelor's degree. If the level and area of license/endorsement you are seeking does not correspond to your specific major, you may need to take additional undergraduate credits as required by Colorado laws and regulations for license/endorsement.

Paraprofessionals are offered a 10% preferred tuition discount for education courses at Regis. Contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for details.

The Master's in Education in Special Education with Initial Licensure

Special Education – Initial Licensure: 46 credit hours

Printable Fact Sheet: To download a printable fact sheet with details about required classes, admissions requirements, and start dates, please visit our fact sheet library. Please note: The best source for the most current information is an admissions counselor.

Program Requirements

M.Ed. Special Education Generalist with Initial Licensure (Option only available for students who do not currently hold a Colorado license) Effective Fall 2016
   

Foundations and Pre-Requisite Courses (12 credit hours)
Must be taken in sequence

EDFD 630*
*Educational Psychology (Pre-requisite) (3 credit Hours)
EDSP 605
Special Education Foundations (3 credit hours)
EDRS 600
Ed. Research & Critical Reflection I (3 credit hours)
EDSP 620
UDL: A Framework for Teaching and Learning (3 credit hours)

*Pre-Requisite Courses do not count toward total degree hours, but are required if not met in previous coursework.

PLACE or PRAXIS exam in Elementary Education MUST be passed within first year of program.  

Professional Sequence Courses (24 credit hours)
Sequence to be determined by Advisor.

EDRG 644
Teaching Reading &  Writing (3 credit hours)
EDRG 653 
Literacy for Students with Special Needs (3 credit hours)
EDSP 610
Transition & Secondary Services (3 credit hours)
EDSP 644
Mathematics Interventions for Children w/Special Needs (3 credit hours)
EDSP 663
Assessment & Planning for Exceptional Students (3 credit hours)
EDSP 664
Behavior Intervention & Analysis (3 credit hours)
EDSP 665
Consultation & Collaboration Skills (3 credit hours)
EDSP 670
Methods & Strategies in Special Education

 State required licensing exam must be passed before applying to Student Teaching

Licensure Requirements (10 credit hours)

EDSP 692  Practicum in Special Education Generalist (8 credit hours) 
EDSP 697  Professionalism in Education I (2 credit hours) 
TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 46 credit hours

PLACE SPECIAL EDUCATION GENERALIST TEST MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE APPLYING FOR STUDENT TEACHING

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above and you should contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

To download a printable fact sheet with program details, click here.

How to Apply

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MATERIALS NEEDED FOR APPLICATION AND ADMISSION

Applicants seeking a master's degree from Regis University must possess a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.

  • Complete the online graduate application
  • Application fee: $50.00 non-refundable application fee (waived for Regis University graduates)
  • Submit official transcript from each previously attended U.S. regionally accredited college or university. Official transcript must be sent directly from your previously attended schools to the Office of Admissions. Download the transcript request form.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 from previously attended colleges and universities
  • Essay (instructions to upload your completed essay are included in the online application system)
  • Current resume
  • Criminal background check: Applicants must have a $45 background check in order to complete their online application. View and print the instructions and disqualifying offenses to get started.
  • Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens
  • Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed
  • Initial Licensure seeking students must purchase a Task Stream account directly through Taskstream. Contact information for Taskstream will be sent to you after add/ drop date of your first course. Task Stream is a webfolio to document all of your evaluations, projects, papers and field hours. Once you have completed your program you can provide a link to principals when you apply for teaching positions.

Application Deadlines*

Term Class Start Application Deadline
Spring 2016 January 11, 2016 December 7, 2015
Fall 2016 August 22, 2016 July 25, 2016

*Your application file including all requirements, documents and fees, must be completed by the application deadline.

Tuition

2015-2016 Academic Year Tuition: Effective Fall 2015

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $21,900
46 $475 $50
Online $21,900
46 $475 $50

2016-2017 Academic Year Tuition: Effective Fall 2016

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $22,310
46 $485 $50
Online $22,310
46 $485 $50

Tuition for the Added License/Endorsement (vs. Initial License/Endorsement) is based on 36 semester hours of credit. Total cost for Added Endorsement/License is $17,460 (to include the $50.00 fee).

Additional fees may apply. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for information. Click here for information regarding student parking fees.

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