Become a Leader in Early Childhood Special Education

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

Degree Overview

Regis University's M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education with initial teacher licensure focuses on methods of teaching young special needs children from birth through age eight, including educational assessment tools and understanding language development. The program is designed for educators who would like to become licensed in the state of Colorado or Wyoming and is nationally approved through the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

Our 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 or Wyoming 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 M.Ed. Early Childhood Special Education with Initial Licensure can be achieved through a multi-year program utilizing on-campus evening and weekend classes, online classes, or directed study. The degree plus licensure can be achieved as an initial endorsement/license or as an added endorsement/license.

Early Childhood Special Education – Initial License/Endorsement: 43 credit hours

Early Childhood Special Education – Added License/Endorsement: 33 credit hours*

*Note: The final decision about required course work rests with the student’s faculty advisor

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.

M.A. in Education Programs

M.A. in Education: Teaching the Linguistically Diverse
M.A. in Education: Graduate Teacher Licensure
M.A. in Education: Teacher Leadership

Program Requirements

Foundational Requirements

EDFD 601  Educational Foundations (3 credit hours)*
EDRS 600 Educational Research and Critical Reflection I (3 credit hours)*
EDES 603 Equity, Ethics and Social Justice in Education (3 credit hours)*
EDFD 630 Educational Psychology (3 credit hours)*
EDEL 670 Effective Learning Environments (3 credit hours)
EDSP 620 Universal Design for Learning: A Framework for Teaching and Learning (3 credit hours)*
 *Service learning and school-based field hours included in these courses. Service learning partnership is established in EDFD 601.

Professional Sequence Courses

EDSP 600 Introduction to the Young Special Needs Child for Special Education Teachers (3 credit hours)
EDRG 644  Teaching Reading and Writing (3 credit hours)
EDSP 631  Psychological Development of the Young Special Needs Child (3 credit hours) 
EDRG 603  Emergent Literacy (3 credit hours) 
EDSP 650  Educational Assessment of the Young Special Needs Child (3 credit hours) 
EDSP 665  Consultation and Collaboration Skills (3 credit hours) 
EDSP 630  Language Development and the Young Special Needs Child (3 credit hours) 
EDSP 659  Methods of Teaching Young Special Needs Children (3 credit hours) 
EDRS 680  Educational Research and Critical Reflection II (1 credit hour) 
EDSP 690  Practicum in Early Childhood Special Education (4 credit hours) 
EDFD 697  Professionalism in Education (2 credit hours) 

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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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
  • 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.
  • Critical analysis essay
  • Current resume
  • 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
  • Once registered in your first course, a $90 Task Stream fee will be applied toward your tuition. This fee is eligible for financial aid. Task Stream creates a webfolio where all evaluations, projects, papers and field hours are tracked in once place, which can be provided as a link to principals when you apply for teaching positions.

Application Deadlines*

Term Class Start Application Deadline
Summer 2015 May 4, 2015 April 6, 2015
Fall 2015 August 24, 2015 July 27, 2015

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


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 $20,475 43 $475 $50
Online $20,475 43 $475 $50

Tuition for the Added License/Endorsement (vs. Initial License/Endorsement) is based on 33 semester hours of credit. Total cost for Added Endorsement/License is $15,725 (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.