Become a Leader in Special Education

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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.
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Education: M.Ed. Special Education (initial teacher licensure)

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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.

Program Requirements

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

EDFD 630*
*Educational Psychology (Pre-requisite) (3 credit Hours)
EDSP 605
Special Education Foundations (3 credit hours)
EDRS 600
Ed. Research & Critical Reflection I (3 credit hours)
EDSP 620
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.

EDRG 644
Teaching Reading &  Writing (3 credit hours)
EDRG 653 
Literacy for Students with Special Needs (3 credit hours)
EDSP 610
Transition & Secondary Services (3 credit hours)
EDSP 644
Mathematics Interventions for Children w/Special Needs (3 credit hours)
EDSP 663
Assessment & Planning for Exceptional Students (3 credit hours)
EDSP 664
Behavior Intervention & Analysis (3 credit hours)
EDSP 665
Consultation & Collaboration Skills (3 credit hours)
EDSP 670
Methods & Strategies in Special Education

 State required licensing exam must be passed before applying to Student Teaching

Licensure Requirements (10 credit hours)

EDSP 692  Practicum in Special Education Generalist (8 credit hours) 
EDSP 697  Professionalism in Education I (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. 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. 

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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