Become a Leader in Secondary Education

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This graduate program is designed for learners who already hold a bachelor's degree and are seeking a graduate degree and initial teacher licensure in Secondary Education.
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Education: M.Ed. Secondary Education (Initial Teacher Licensure)

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Available both online and on-campus in Denver, the M.Ed. in Secondary Education with initial teacher licensure is designed for those who want to make a difference in adolescents’ lives, grades 7-12, who would like to become licensed in the state of Colorado. 

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 methods 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.  

Paraprofessionals are offered a 10% preferred tuition discount for education courses at Regis. Contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for details. 

Total M.Ed. in Secondary Education with Initial Licensure Requirements: 40 credit hours
  • Foundational courses : 15 credit hours
  • Graduate professional methods sequence : 15 credit hours
  • Graduate professionalism/student teaching: 10 credit hours

Secondary Education Endorsement Areas

In addition to the foundational course requirements, each Secondary Endorsement area has curriculum respective to that area. Students will work with their academic advisor to determine the courses needed to fulfill the additional requirements for their endorsement area:
  • Business
  • English
  • World Languages
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

*Students seeking licensure in Secondary World Languages, Math or Science must enter the program with a completed bachelor’s degree in the respective area.

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.

Program Requirements

Course Requirements

EDRS 600  Education Research and Critical Reflection I (3 credit hours) 
EDFD 601 Educational Foundations (3 credit hours)
EDFD 630 Educational Psychology (3 credit hours)
EDES 603 Equity, Ethics and Social Justice in Education (3 credit hours)
EDSP 620 Universal Design for Learning: A Framework for Teaching and Learning (3 credit hours)
EDSP 663  Assessment in Special & Inclusive Classrooms 
EDSP 664  Behavior Management & Intervention 
EDRG 644 Teaching Reading and Writing (3 credit hours)
EDSC 652  Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3 credit hours)
EDSC 661-669  Methods of Teaching Secondary in the Content Area (3 credit hours)
EDSC 690  Student Teaching (8 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. 
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 from previously attended colleges and universities
  • 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.
  • Critical analysis essay (instructions to upload your completed essay are included in the online application system)
  • Current resume
  • 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. 

Application Deadlines*

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. 


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