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Why should I study secondary education?

We shape thoughtful leaders who are ready to make an impact on the next generation. You will empower youth to reach a deeper level of learning and help them understand the importance of education to better serve a local and global community. We’ve built this program to be flexible to fit in your busy schedule. Take classes online, on our Denver campus or both. 

Is an M.Ed. in secondary education for me?

Format: On campus, online or blended
Campus: Northwest Denver
Course Rotation: 8-weeks
Time to Complete: 2.5 - 3 years
Total No. of Credits: 43*

*Estimation is based on a full course load with no credits transferred.

What will I learn in this program?

You’ll gain a thorough foundation of common and unique teaching pedagogy before teaching in a local classroom for a semester. You’ll be able to reflect on your own strengths and gain new methodologies adaptive to how a diverse set of students learn and engage with the material. By graduation, you’ll feel confident and capable of leading a middle or high school classroom and you’ll be prepared to take the state licensure exam.

Our curriculum covers a wide base of topics within the education field, including:

  • Foundational teaching theories
  • Research
  • Adapting curriculum materials
  • Diversity and inclusion in the classroom
  • Differentiation of instruction
  • Cultural competence
  • Social justice
  • Classroom management
  • Becoming a leader in education
  • Lesson planning
  • Formative and summative assessment

Program Highlights

  • Top 20 Online Education Program in the Open Education Databases' 2019 Online College Rankings
  • 100-plus local partner schools for student teacher placement
  • 10 percent preferred tuition discount for paraprofessionals or those with contracted positions in a school

Specialize your degree

In addition to the foundation coursework, you will work with your advisor to select an endorsement area that aligns with your bachelor’s degree. Endorsement areas including the following:

  • Business
  • English
  • World languages (French, German or Spanish)
  • 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. Licensure in other areas require related coursework completed in your bachelor’s degree.

Colorado State Licensure

As a part of the program, you must successfully take the state licensure examination to student teach in one of our partner schools. We will support and recommend you through this process. After completing your field hours in a Colorado school, you can apply for licensure in Colorado through the Colorado Department of Education with our recommendation. 

A license is dependent on the major of your bachelor's degree. If the level and area of license 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 or take the state licensure exam prior to your first course.

Accreditation

Regis University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

What careers can I pursue with this degree?

In addition to secondary teaching, other career opportunities include:

  • Career counselor
  • Educational coordinator
  • Curriculum developer
  • Instruction specialist
  • Principal or administrator (with additional education or certification)
  • School counselor (with additional education or certification)

Program Requirements

Foundational Courses (12 credit hours)

EDFD 601 Foundations of Education
EDFD 603 Diversity, Equity and Social Justice
EDRS 600A Educational Research
EDSP 620 Teaching Exceptional Learners

Methods Sequence Courses (21 credit hours)

EDLD 676 Linguistics and Language Acquisition
EDLD 677 Strategies for Diverse Populations
EDSC 650 Assessment of Learning
EDSC 652 Reading and Writing in the Content Area
EDSC 661-669 Secondary Methods (content area-specific)
EDSC 670 Classroom Management
EDRG 644

Teaching Reading and Writing -or-
Education Elective
EDRS 600B Research Capstone

Licensure Requirements (7 credit hours)

EDSC 690  Student Teaching (Secondary)
EDFD 697 Professionalism in Education
TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 40 credit hours

Please note: For official program requirements based on academic year, please refer to the academic catalog.

Download a printable fact sheet with program details.

How to Apply

Apply Now!

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

Prerequisites

  • 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.



Tuition

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