Becoming an Elementary Teacher (Grades K-6) at Regis

Regis University’s Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education degree with initial licensure is designed for learners seeking their initial teacher licensure in K-6.
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Elementary Education with Initial Licensure

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Our 120-credit-hour license program includes the course requirements that fulfill state standards for specific license/endorsement areas. Through this program, elementary education majors can earn their Bachelor of Arts in Education and simultaneously earn licensure/endorsement in Colorado. Both on-campus and online elementary education courses are offered at Regis.

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


  • The State of Colorado requires all licensed teachers to obtain licensure in addition to their bachelor’s degree. A degree is not sufficient to meet licensure guidelines.
  • Courses in the BA in Elementary Education may be taken online or on-ground but requires that all field and student teaching hours be completed in the state of Colorado.
  • Up to 75 credits may be transferred in. Regis faculty have the final decision on acceptance of transfer credit.
  • Paraprofessionals are offered a 10% preferred tuition discount for all education courses at Regis College. Contact an admissions counselor for details.
  • After acceptance into the education degree program, you will be assigned an advisor who will provide specific course information.
  • A student may take as long as seven years to complete the program of study.


  • Undergraduate core requirements: 45 credit hours
  • Major Lower Division Foundation Requirements: 30 credit hours
  • Major Upper Division Requirements: 21 credit hours
  • Professional Sequence Requirements: 21 credit hours
  • General Electives: 3 credit hours

Ranked #3 Best Online Bachelor's in Elementary Education Degrees for 2017 by College Choice.

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

General Undergraduate Core Requirements (45 credit hours) ** Must be Taken at Regis

Oral Communication Skills (3 credit hours): COM 210, COM 211
English Composition (3 credit hours): EN 203
Advanced Oral or Written Communication (3 credit hours): COM 406, COM 437, COM 455, EN 325, EN/PL 482, EN 475
Literature/Humanities (6 credit hours)
  • Literature/Humanities (6 credit hours) (3 credit hours must be HU 366**)
  • Literature/Humanities Elective (3 credit hours) Any 300-400 EN, all HU courses, all COM courses (excluding COM 210, COM 211, COM 406, and COM 437)
Global Issues (6 credit hours): COM 400, COM 412, CR 466, EC 335, EC 400, CIV 410, CIV 420, HS 240E-W, HU 435E-W, HU 421E-W, SO 204, SO 340, SO 341, SO 446, SO 469F, SO 472, IRSH 410E-W, RC 450, RC 458, RC 459

Social Sciences (6 credit hours): CIV 410, CIV 420, CIV 430, CIV 440, COM courses (excluding COM 210, COM 211, COM 406 and COM 437), all EC, all ED, all HS, all PY, all SO courses, all CR courses

Mathematics (3 credit hours) 
  • (College-level algebra or higher)
  • MT 201, MT 204, MT 270, all 300-400 level MT courses 
Natural Sciences (3 credit hours): SCI 205E, SCI 206E, SCI 410E, SCI 411E, all CN, CIS or CS courses 
Philosophy (6 credit hours): All PL courses
Religious Studies (6 credit hours): All RC, all RS courses 

Major Lower Division (30 credit hours)

Math (3 credit hours)
Science (3 credit hours)
Social Science (3 credit hours)
Educational Psychology (3 credit hours): EDFD 431
Lifespan Development (3 credit hours): PY 469
Child and Adolescent Literature (3 credit hours): EDEL 441
Literature/Humanities (3 credit hours)
Fine Arts (Art, Music or Theater) (3 credit hours)
Major Upper Division (21 credit hours) *Take in Order ** Must be Taken at Regis
EDFD 404 Foundations of Teaching (3 credit hours)*
EDFD 405 Perspectives in Education (3 credit hours)*
EDES 403
Cultural Competence in Education (3 credit hours)*
EDFD 448
Designing Instruction for All Learners (3 credit hours)*
EDFD 445
Math for Educators (3 credit hours)**
EDFD 470
The Effective Classroom (3 credit hours)**
EDRG 444
Teaching Reading and Writing (3 credit hours)**
Professional Sequence Requirements (21 credit hours)
EDFD 420 Teaching the Exceptional Child in Reg Classroom (3 credit hours)
EDTC 401 Technology for Educators (3 credit hours) 
EDEL 450
Assessment of Learning (3 credit hours)**
EDEL 460
Elem. Methods I (3 credit hours)**
EDEL 461
Elem. Methods II (3 credit hours) **
EDFD 497
Professionalism (2 credit hours)**
EDEL 490
Student Teaching - Elementary (10 credit hours)**
PLACE or PRAXIS exam in Elementary Education must be passed before moving on to student teaching. 
General Electives (3 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

Take the next step towards receiving a values-based education at Regis University by visiting the Admissions Portal to learn more about application deadlines, checklists and requirements. For specific admissions requirements, see the fact sheet applicable to your program. 

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