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 can be achieved as an initial endorsement or as an added endorsement.

Special Education – Initial Endorsement: 46 credit hours

Special Education – Added Endorsement: 36 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.

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 (15 credit hours)**

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)
 *Service learning sequence courses require continual service learning throughout. Service learning partnership is established in EDFD 601.

**PLACE or PRAXIS exam in Elementary Education must be passed before moving to professional sequence courses. 

Professional Sequence Courses (33 credit hours)

EDSP 620 Universal Design for Learning: A Framework for Teaching and Learning (3 credit hours)*
EDSP 605  Special Education Law (3 credit hours)
EDSP 644  Mathematic Intervention for Children with Special Needs (3 credit hours)
EDRG 644  Teaching Reading and Writing (3 credit hours)
EDSP 663 Assessment and Planning for Exceptional Students (3 credit hours)
EDSP 664 Behavioral Analysis and Intervention (3 credit hours)
EDRG 653 Literacy for Students with Special Needs (3 credit hours)
EDSP 665  Consultation and Collaboration Skills (3 credit hours)
EDSP 610  Transition and Secondary Services (3 credit hours)
EDSP 670  Methods and Strategies in Special Education (3 credit hours)

Choose 1 elective course (3 credit hours) from the following:

EDSP 671 Characteristics of Pupils who Have Autism (3 credit hours) 
EDES 640  Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners (3 credit hours) 
EDGT 600  Introduction to the Gifted Learner (3 credit hours) 
EDRG 603  Emergent Literacy (3 credit hours) 
Master’s Degree Requirements (1 credit hour)
 EDRS 680 Educational Research and Critical Reflection II (1 credit hour) 

Licensure Requirements (6 credit hours)

 PLACE Generalist Test must be completed when applying to Student Teaching
EDSP 692  Practicum in Special Education Generalist (4 credit hours) 
EDSP 697  Professionalism in Education I (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.
  • Critical analysis essay
  • 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
  • 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
Spring 2016 January 11, 2016 December 7, 2015
Summer 2016 May 2, 2016 April 4, 2016
Fall 2016 August 22, 2016 July 25, 2016

*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 $21,900
46 $475 $50
Online $21,900
46 $475 $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 $17,150 (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.