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

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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 into college credit.

Your admissions counselor will help evaluate your prior learning credit, provide information regarding financial aid and tuition assistance, recommend courses and help you get started with the application process.

Applicants seeking a bachelor's degree from Regis College must possess:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent (from a regionally accredited high school) AND
  • Transferable credit from a regionally accredited college or university

Materials Needed for Application and Admission

  • Completed online undergraduate application
  • Pay the $50.00 application fee. The fee is waived if you have applied to Regis previously or if you are a Regis graduate.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 from all previously attended colleges and universities
  • Request official transcripts from accredited institutions that you have previously attended. Download the transcript request form. Official transcripts are those that come directly from one college or university to another college or university. Official transcripts must be received no later than 30 days after the date of application. If not received, course registrations will be suspended.
  • Three years of full-time work experience after high school preferred
  • Essay
  • 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.
  • Initial Licensure seeking students must purchase a Taskstream account directly through Taskstream. Contact information for Taskstream will be sent to you after add/ drop date of your first course. Task Stream is a webfolio to document all of your evaluations, projects, papers and field hours. Once you have completed your program you can provide a link to principals when you apply for teaching positions.
  • Additional admission 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.

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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