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Why should I study special education?

We’ll equip you with the foundation to provide stability and compassion for your students. You will develop critical thinking skills and support students’ abilities with hands-on lessons that foster healthy socialization experiences. Our courses are built for flexibility so you can achieve your dream of becoming a teacher, while accommodating your already busy life. Take your classes on our Denver campus, online or mix and match as you need.

Is a master's in special 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?

Our Jesuit education emphasizes acting social and philosophical issues while serving as an inspirational leader for others. We’re committed to helping you become a dedicated special education teacher who can communicate successfully with diverse learners in positive environments. The last semester of your master’s degree, you’ll be paired with a local school to put the theory you’ve learned into practice.

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

  • Transition services
  • Behavior management
  • Behavior intervention and analysis
  • Social justice
  • Critical classroom reflection
  • Collaboration skills

Program Highlights

  • 10 percent preferred tuition discount for paraprofessionals or those with contracted positions in a school
  • Nationally approved through the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)

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.

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

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

EDES 603
Equity, Ethics & Social Justice in Education
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(s) 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 (2 credit hours) 
TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 46 credit hours

PRAXIS SPECIAL EDUCATION GENERALIST TEST MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE APPLYING FOR STUDENT TEACHING

Please note 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.

View and download a printable fact sheet.

View our Graduate Education Guide for program comparisons. 

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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