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. Initial Licensure: Special Education-Generalist

Degree Overview

Regis University's M.Ed. with initial teacher licensure in Special Education-Generalist 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 CPS. Contact an admissions counselor for details.

The Master's in Education with initial teacher licensure in Special Education can be achieved as an initial endorsement or as an added endorsement.

Special Education: Generalist – Initial Endorsement

  • Total Degree and License Requirements: 58 credit hours
  • Foundational courses: 15 credit hours
  • Professional sequence courses: 37 credit hours
  • Graduate courses: 6 credit hours

Special Education: Generalist – Added Endorsement

  • Total Degree and License Requirements: 30-33 credit hours*
  • Foundational courses: 0-3 credit hours
  • Professional sequence courses: 24 credit hours
  • Graduate courses: 6 credit hours
  • *Note: The final decision about required course work rests with the student’s faculty advisor

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 55.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

MED: Special Education Generalist-Initial Endorse

EDEL 670 - Effective Learning Environments

Examines research and practice for establishing and maintaining the classroom environment. Focuses on effective and efficient instruction and fostering a positive social culture. Examines impacts of students' social and cultural backgrounds on the classroom context.

EDES 603 - Equity, Ethics & Social Justice in Ed

Explores the moral, political, and ethical contexts of teaching, focusing on issues pertaining to equity, access, and social justice. Examines transformative perspectives and practices aimed at challenging oppression and inequality.

EDFD 601 - Educational Foundations

Focuses on the foundations of education, teachers, and the law, and teaching as a profession. Also introduces Jesuit themes with an emphasis on service to others.

Cross listing(s): EDTC 601.

EDFD 630 - Educational Psychology

Focuses on human learning, motivation, and development. Investigates the relationship between individual differences related to learners cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical development and instruction. Emphasizes use of instructional technology.

Cross listing(s): EDFD 630N EDFD 690F MLS 654G.

EDFD 697 - Professionalism in Education

Seminar that accompanies Student Teaching. Focuses on topics that are critical for the effective teacher with a global perspective: planning for instruction, ethical practices, creating a supportive classroom, leadership, and collaboration.

EDRG 644 - Teaching Reading and Writing

Provides graduate students with a variety of methods for teaching reading and writing. Uses current methodologies, research-based instructional practices, and ongoing assessment. Includes instruction and application of the five essential components of reading instruction. Note: Field experience required.

EDRG 653 - Literacy for Students With Special Needs

Focuses on research-based methods and curricula for teaching reading and writing to students with special learning needs. Emphasizes instructional assessment strategies, examines materials and modifications that are effective with special populations. Note: Field experience required.

EDRS 600 - Ed Research & Critical Reflection I

Introduces fundamental concepts related to quantitative and qualitative educational research emphasizing teacher generated action research. Covers evaluation and engagement in educational research. Critical reflection as action research will be explored as well.

EDRS 680 - Ed Research & Critical Reflection II

Second in the series of graduate-level research courses required of graduate level teacher candidates. Candidates will engage in reflective practice around learner differences and will use the knowledge gained to understand the creation of inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards. Note: Seniors only, majors only.

EDSP 605 - Special Education Law

Designed to acquaint teachers with the ethical intricacies of law and policies as pertaining to special education. Case studies and up-to-date mandates from special education legislation will be examined.

EDSP 610 - Transition & Secondary Services

Prepares educators to work with students with disabilities to be successful in education, employment, and independent living after completion of high school.

EDSP 620 - UDL: Framework for Teaching & Learning

Provides the foundational knowledge and skills to design, create, and provide lessons that ensure the engagement and participation of varied learners within a high standards based curriculum.

EDSP 644 - Math Interventions Chldrn W/ Spec Needs

Focuses on remediation and additional math instruction for struggling students. Examines why children struggle with math concepts and how classroom climate, student learning style, and teacher activities all impact the struggling learner.

EDSP 663 - Assessment & Plan Exceptional Students

Facilitates the diagnostic practices needed to identify educational and behavioral needs, write measureable goals, develop appropriate interventions, and monitor student growth. Emphasizes IEP development from determining disability to documenting service delivery.

EDSP 664 - Behavioral Analysis & Intervention

Focuses on analyzing student behavior and intervention strategies for disruptive actions. Addresses normal behaviors as well as those that cause problems in the classroom. Focuses on students with moderate needs. Requires a practicum component.

EDSP 665 - Consultation & Collabortation Skills

Emphasizes development of competencies in consultation and collaboration. Encourages the development of understanding and skills that enhance the teacher?s ability to work with and communicate effectively with school personal, paraprofessionals, and parents.

EDSP 670 - Methods & Strategies in Special Educatn

Focuses on the evaluation and use of evidence/research-based strategies in special education with an emphasis on data collection, interventions, and progress monitoring of a student within a practicum experience.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDSP*663 AND EDSP*664 AND EDSP*665;

EDSP 692 - Practicum in Special Educ Generalist

Participation in a student teaching experience assessing, teaching, and program planning for students with special needs. NOTE: Students must have experience with students with a variety of needs.

Elective

The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

(3SH) EDSP 671, EDES 640, EDGT 600, EDRG 603

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. No course descriptions found.

EDEL 660 Nat/Pract Literacy, Expr Arts, Soc Stds (3.00)

Explores theories of teaching literacy, social studies and expressive arts. Develops skill in research-based instructional techniques, strategies, and activities. Develops skills in planning integrated instruction and assessing student outcomes for diverse learners. Field hours required.

EDEL 662 Methods: Nature/Pract Sci, Health, P.E. (3.00)

Explores theories of learning, conceptual knowledge, and instructional strategies for teaching and learning science, health and physical education. Develops skills in planning, implementing, and assessing student outcomes for diverse learners. Field hours required.

EDEL 663 Methods Nature/Practice Elementary Math (3.00)

Explores theories of learning, conceptual knowledge, and instructional strategies relevant to teaching and learning mathematics. Additional emphasis on planning, implementing, assessing and reflecting on emerging practice.

EDEL 670 Effective Learning Environments (3.00)

Examines research and practice for establishing and maintaining the classroom environment. Focuses on effective and efficient instruction and fostering a positive social culture. Examines impacts of students' social and cultural backgrounds on the classroom context.

EDFD 600 Philosophical Foundations of Education (3.00)

Traces the history of the development of educational theory. Investigates leading contemporary and classical philosophical perspectives and implications towards practical educational goals. Analyzes educational values and practices and strategies for educational change.

Cross listing(s): EDFD 600N EDFD 690E MLS 654E.

EDFD 601 Educational Foundations (3.00)

Focuses on the foundations of education, teachers, and the law, and teaching as a profession. Also introduces Jesuit themes with an emphasis on service to others.

Cross listing(s): EDTC 601.

EDFD 603 Mltctrl/Ethic Prspctvs in Ed (3.00)

Examines the broad range of cultural competence focusing on implications in education, including ethnicity, socioeconomic level and gender. Explores ethical issues in education and invites students to develop a personal ethical stance regarding education practice.

Cross listing(s): EDFD 603N MLS 654H.

EDFD 610 Curr Intrdscplnry Prspctvs Ed (3.00)

Provides in-depth study of the role and social context of schooling from an interdisciplinary perspective. Focuses on current issues, research and implications for learning.

Cross listing(s): EDFD 610N MLS 654F.

EDFD 620 Excptnl Child/Regular Classrm (3.00)

Examines those students with special needs including the gifted and talented and how to educate them in the regular classroom. Instructs how to identify various exceptionalities, legal standards, and modification and adaptations for learning.

EDFD 630 Educational Psychology (3.00)

Focuses on human learning, motivation, and development. Investigates the relationship between individual differences related to learners cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical development and instruction. Emphasizes use of instructional technology.

Cross listing(s): EDFD 630N EDFD 690F MLS 654G.

EDFD 697 Professionalism in Education (2.00)

Seminar that accompanies Student Teaching. Focuses on topics that are critical for the effective teacher with a global perspective: planning for instruction, ethical practices, creating a supportive classroom, leadership, and collaboration.

EDRG 644 Teaching Reading and Writing (3.00)

Provides graduate students with a variety of methods for teaching reading and writing. Uses current methodologies, research-based instructional practices, and ongoing assessment. Includes instruction and application of the five essential components of reading instruction. Note: Field experience required.

EDRG 653 Literacy for Students With Special Needs (3.00)

Focuses on research-based methods and curricula for teaching reading and writing to students with special learning needs. Emphasizes instructional assessment strategies, examines materials and modifications that are effective with special populations. Note: Field experience required.

EDSP 644 Math Interventions Chldrn W/ Spec Needs (3.00)

Focuses on remediation and additional math instruction for struggling students. Examines why children struggle with math concepts and how classroom climate, student learning style, and teacher activities all impact the struggling learner.

EDSP 651 Educational Assess of Special Needs Chld (3.00)

Provides a knowledge of special education intervention and evaluation processes. Emphasizes assessment techniques, diagnosis, interpretation, and application of evaluation. Contains a practicum component.

EDSP 663 Assessment & Plan Exceptional Students (3.00)

Facilitates the diagnostic practices needed to identify educational and behavioral needs, write measureable goals, develop appropriate interventions, and monitor student growth. Emphasizes IEP development from determining disability to documenting service delivery.

EDSP 664 Behavioral Analysis & Intervention (3.00)

Focuses on analyzing student behavior and intervention strategies for disruptive actions. Addresses normal behaviors as well as those that cause problems in the classroom. Focuses on students with moderate needs. Requires a practicum component.

EDSP 667 Adaptive Technology (3.00)

Studies current research on adaptive technology as well as the challenges students with special needs face. Field component containing experience with some of the various devices such as: screen text enlargers, screen-reading systems, typing enhancers, alternative keyboard, voice recognition systems, and specialized wheelchairs.

EDSP 670 Methods & Strategies in Special Educatn (3.00)

Focuses on the evaluation and use of evidence/research-based strategies in special education with an emphasis on data collection, interventions, and progress monitoring of a student within a practicum experience.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDSP*663 AND EDSP*664 AND EDSP*665;

EDSP 692 Practicum in Special Educ Generalist (3.00 - 8.00)

Participation in a student teaching experience assessing, teaching, and program planning for students with special needs. NOTE: Students must have experience with students with a variety of needs.

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MATERIALS NEEDED FOR APPLICATION AND ADMISSION

Applicants seeking a master's degree from the College for Professional Studies must possess a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.

  • Application: Completed graduate application form
  • Application fee: $75.00 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 CPS Admission Office.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 from previously attended colleges and universities.
  • Critical analysis essay
  • Oath and consent information
  • Current resume
  • One observation form from a person who has observed the applicant with children of the appropriate age
  • Criminal background check (Initial Licensure/Endorsement Applicants): Applicants must have a $45 background check in order to complete their online application. View and print the instructions, consent for background check and disqualifying offenses documents 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
  • 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 Starts Application Deadline
Summer 2014 May 5, 2014 April 7, 2014
Fall 2014 August 25, 2014 July 28, 2014

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

      Tuition

      Regis University Tuition: M.Ed. with Initial Licensure - Special Education Generalist

      Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
      Classroom $27,625 58 $475 $75
      Online $27,625 58 $475 $75

      Directed study costs $475 per credit hour

      Please note: Additional fees may apply to Regis University students. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for information.