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:
- World Languages
- 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.
||Education Research and Critical Reflection I (3 credit hours)
||Educational Foundations (3 credit hours)
||Educational Psychology (3 credit hours)
||Equity, Ethics and Social Justice in Education (3 credit hours)
||Universal Design for Learning: A Framework for Teaching and Learning (3 credit hours)
||Assessment in Special & Inclusive Classrooms
||Behavior Management & Intervention
||Teaching Reading and Writing (3 credit hours)
||Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3 credit hours)
||Methods of Teaching Secondary in the Content Area (3 credit hours)
||Student Teaching (8 credit hours)
||Professionalism in Education (2 credit hours)
|TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 40 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.
Download a printable fact sheet with program details.
How to Apply
Admission is on a rolling basis.
We recommend you apply at least one month in advance of your desired start date to ensure adequate processing time and to optimize class availability options. However, completed applications will be considered up to two weeks prior to the start date.
Visit the academic calendar to view start dates. This program is 8W.
Students with prior college credit, military credit, professional licenses or certificates, or several years of work experience may be able to translate this experience directly to college credit.
Your admissions counselor can evaluate your prior learning credit, provide information regarding financial aid and tuition assistance, recommend courses and help you get started with the application process. Contact Admissions
- A Colorado teaching license is dependent on the major of your bachelor's degree. If the level and area of license you are seeking does not correspond with your specific major, you may need to take additional undergraduate credits as required by Colorado.
- Students seeking licensure in secondary world languages, math or science must enter the program with a completed bachelor’s degree in the respective area.
- A minimum 2.75 GPA from prior college credit, if applicable.
Materials needed for degree-seeking applicants
- Complete the online graduate application
- Official degree-bearing transcripts either from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or recognized institution in another nation. Official transcripts must be sent directly from your previously attended schools to the Office of Admissions. Download a Transcript Request Form
- Submit official transcripts to sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu or mail to
- Regis University
Office of Admissions
Mail Code: P-28
3333 Regis Boulevard
Denver, CO 80221-1099
- Participation in teacher candidate interview
- Current resume
- Background check
- Additional admissions 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. Classes can reach capacity, so you are encouraged to apply now for admission consideration.
*Applications are due two weeks prior to class start date. Visit the academic calendar to view start dates. This program is 8W.