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 (37 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 14-15 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 & K-12 Art Licensure Overview (for 2013-2014)

  • 28 SH for licensure + an additional 14 credits to complete MA
  • Math for Teachers test at Regis or Praxis I Pre Professional Skills Test in math must be passed to satisfy state requirements.
  • F= fall semester; S=spring semester; Su=summer
Time Frame Course Semester Hours Field Experience Hours
Late July through August ED 604 Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society (Su) 3 Full time in August from first day contracted teachers report until Regis fall classes begin
ED 606 Assessment for Learning (F/S) 3
Term: 6
RC Fall Semester ED 635 Secondary Curriculum, Planning & Classroom Management (F) 3 17 hrs/ wk x 15 wks = 255 hrs
ED 603B Secondary Literacy: Content, Instruction, & Assessment (F) 3
ED 601 Teaching the Exceptional Child in the General Education Classroom (F only) 3
ED 685 Theories, Strategies & Assessments for CLD K-12 (F/S) 3
*ED 680E School Internship/Student Teaching (F/S) 2
Term: 14
RC Jan. Winterim School Internship hours full time in Jan. before Regis semester begins 10 days x 7 hrs/day= 70 hrs
RC Spring Semester ED 633 K-12 Art: Content, Instruction, and Assessment (S only) 3 40 hrs/ week x 16 wks = 640 hrs, including some solo teaching time

Students in schools daily from January until school releases for summer
ED 695 Seminar: Teaching and Learning in Diverse Schools (F/S) 1
ED 680F School Internship/Student Teaching (F/S) 2
Term: 6
May & June (after RC semester) ED 680G School Internship/Student Teaching (F/S/S) 2 15 days x 7 hrs/day =105 hrs, including additional solo teaching time
ED 699 Capstone licensure presentation (F/S/S) 0
Term: 2
YEAR 1 TOTALS: Licensure=28 SH 28 SH licensure 800+ total hours

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

Part II: Additional Courses to Complete for Master of Arts in Education (once student has completed licensure and been hired as teacher of record): All courses are offered in a format and schedule to accommodate working teachers.

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Date Course & Comments Semester Hours
RC Fall Semester MAE 614 Teacher as Researcher: Foundations (required)
  • Project will focus on issue of teaching culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Students will be encouraged to wait until second year of teaching to take this course. 
3
RC Spring Semester MAE 616 Teacher as Researcher: Practicum (required)
  • Project will focus on issue of teaching culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Students will be encouraged to wait until second year of teaching to take this course.
2
Variable Terms (see MAE Projected schedule) MAE 605M Multicultural Perspectives (required) 2
Electives (credits are required but choice of courses exists)
  • Students choose from among existing MAE courses in Linguistically Diverse Education strand or Learning & Teaching strand
74 credits
Total additiona lcredits towards M.A. beyond licensure 14
Total credits for licensure + M.A. 42

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

Elementary Licensure Overview (2013-2014)

  • 37 SH for licensure + an additional 11 credits to complete M.A.
  • Math for Teachers test at Regis or Praxis I Pre Professional Skills Test in math must be passed to satisfy state requirements.
  • 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.
  • F= fall semester; S=spring semester; Su=summer

Curriculum Overview
Part 1: Licensure Portion of Program: Elementary

Term Offered Course Semester Hours Field Experience Hours
Late July through August ED 604 Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society (Su) 3 Field placement hours during first weeks of school year
ED 606 Assessment for Learning(F/S/SU) 3
Term: 6
RC Fall Semester ED 618A Science Methods (F) 2 Part time field placement towards 800 hour requirement (~40-50 hours total)
ED 618D Social Studies Methods (F) 2
ED 601 Teaching the Exceptional Child in the General Education Classroom (F) 3
ED 603A Elementary Reading and Writing: Content, Instruction, Assessment (F) 3
ED 680E School Internship/Student Teaching (F, S, Su) 2
Term: 14
RC Jan. Winterim School Internship hours full time in Jan. before Regis semester begins 10 days x 7 hrs/day= 70 hrs
RC Spring Semester ED 610 Language, Literacy, and Linguistics for Educators (S) 3 Part time field placement towards 800 hour requirement (~10 hours per week)
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 (F/S) 3
ED 680F School Internship/Student Teaching (F, S, Su) 2
Term: 14
RC Fall Semester ED 680 G School Internship/Student Teaching(F, S, Su) 2 Full-time student teaching begins when contracted teachers return to school.

~40 hours per week x ~16 weeks = ~640 hours
ED 699 Capstone licensure presentation (F, S, Su) 0
ED 695 Seminar: Teaching and Learning in Diverse Schools (F/S) 1
TERM: 3
Licensure Totals 37 SH 800+ total hours

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

Part II: Additional Courses to Complete for Master of Arts in Education (once student has completed licensure and been hired as teacher of record

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Date Course & Comments Semester Hours
RC Fall Semester MAE 615 Teacher as Researcher: Foundations (required)
  • Project will focus on issue of teaching culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Students will be encouraged to wait until second year of teaching to take this course. 
3
RC Spring Semester MAE 616 Teacher as Researcher: Practicum (required)
  • Project will focus on issue of teaching culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Students will be encouraged to wait until second year of teaching to take this course.
2
Variable Terms (see MAE Projected schedule) MAE 605M Multicultural Perspectives (required) 2
Electives (credits are required but choice of courses exists)
  • Students choose from among existing MAE courses in Linguistically Diverse Education strand or Learning & Teaching strand
84 credits
Total additiona lcredits towards M.A. beyond licensure 15
Total credits for licensure + M.A. 42

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.

Informational Sessions & Program Highlights

Attend an informational meeting to learn more about the Master of Arts in Education: Graduate Teacher Licensure Program. Meet with a program representative and have your questions answered personally.

Upcoming informational meeting dates

No sessions currently scheduled for the summer. Please contact us to get more information or if you are still interested in applying for the fall.

**Please R.S.V.P. to let us know to expect you by contacting us via edgrad@regis.edu or 303.964.6409. You are also welcome to show up if you are not able to R.S.V.P. in advance.**

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): Through summer 2013, tuition rate is $465 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 edgrad@regis.edu or 303.964-6409 to discuss your interest in applying. 

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