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.
Education: M.Ed. Special Education (initial teacher licensure)
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.
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.
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
|*Educational Psychology (Pre-requisite) (3 credit Hours)
|Special Education Foundations (3 credit hours)
|Ed. Research & Critical Reflection I (3 credit hours)
|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.
|Teaching Reading & Writing (3 credit hours)
|Literacy for Students with Special Needs (3 credit hours)
|Transition & Secondary Services (3 credit hours)
|Mathematics Interventions for Children w/Special Needs (3 credit hours)
|Assessment & Planning for Exceptional Students (3 credit hours)
|Behavior Intervention & Analysis (3 credit hours)
|Consultation & Collaboration Skills (3 credit hours)
|Methods & Strategies in Special Education
State required licensing exam must be passed before applying to Student Teaching
Licensure Requirements (10 credit hours)
||Practicum in Special Education Generalist (8 credit hours)
||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
Take the next step in your Regis experience and connect with a Regis admissions counselor for information and assistance.
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
- Please ensure you disclose any and all offenses on your admission application. A background check may be required prior to starting classes at Regis. In addition, all applicants must submit a completed official fingerprint card ($33.50) as part of the enrollment process. Accepted students will be mailed instructions, along with a fingerprint card, to be taken to their local law enforcement agency to be fingerprinted. Fingerprint results should be received by Regis University within 30 days of starting your first class with us. See a list of disqualifying offenses when considering teacher licensure. It is important that you are aware of the Colorado Department of Education’s guidelines for teacher licensure prior to pursuing a teacher licensure program. Click here for more information. Regis University reserves the right to dismiss any candidate from the Teacher Education Program whose offense precludes them from obtaining licensure or contact with youth.
- Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens
If you are a non-native English speaker, it is necessary to meet the English language requirements set forth by Regis University, as we do not have English as a Second Language (ESL) programs available. The minimum accepted TOEFL scores are:
- TOEFL COMPUTER total score of 213 and Essay (TWE) score of 5.0
- TOEFL INTERNET total score of 82 with minimum scores of: 24 Writing, 20 Speaking, 22 Reading, 16 Listening
- Academic IELTS overall band score of 6.5 or higher
English proficiency will only be waived for initial teacher licensure programs if English is your native language.
Applications and supporting application materials should be submitted 30 days prior to your intended start date to provide ample processing time. Access the appropriate academic calendar
to view start dates.