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Helping students engage with challenging subject matter requires diverse skillsets and methods of encouragement. If you have a bachelor’s degree and want to become an exceptional middle or high school teacher (grades 7-12), get your Master of Education in Secondary Education through Regis University’s reflective, hands-on curriculum.
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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.

Download a printable fact sheet with program details.

How to Apply

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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.


Visit our Cost of Tuition page to see the tuition and fee schedule.