Becoming Committed, Caring & Qualified Educators

The teacher education program in Regis College actively engages teacher candidates in collaborative, reflective and challenging learning experiences that wholly develop their capabilities as committed, caring and qualified educators. Education students are actively involved in urban and diverse field experiences beginning with their introductory education courses.

Education: Elementary Education

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All students enrolled in the Teacher Licensure Program at Regis College must have co-academic advisors, one in the major field and one in the Education Department.

In addition to a professional licensure in elementary education, students also have the option of completing any of the three minors or concentrations of study with the education department. These minors can be earned in addition to teaching licensure or independent from a teaching license and include Literacy, Special Education and Linguistically Diverse Education. Students interested in the Linguistically Diverse Minor also have the opportunity to earn graduate credit and complete coursework for the full ESL Endorsement.

Students completing a teacher licensure program at Regis will also have completed requirements for a minor in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Music or Art Education. However, it is also possible to complete a minor in Education without seeking teacher licensure.

The programs leading to recommendation for licensure, either at the elementary level or in a particular subject area at the secondary level, contain their own specific requirements. These requirements are listed on the advising sheet pertinent to that subject area. The advising sheets are available from an advisor in the Education Department. It is the student‘s responsibility to meet the requirements listed on that advising sheet.

Program Requirements

Regis College students must complete the Core Studies requirements in addition to their major requirements. Core Studies consists of:

  • Core Foundation: 6 credits, or two courses taken over the fall and spring of freshmen year
  • Distributive Core: 40-46 credits that represent a variety of offerings in disciplines that provide the underpinning of a solid liberal education
  • Integrative Core: 12 credits, or four upper division courses taken in the junior and senior year

More information about Regis College Core Studies can be found here.

Successful completion of the following program at Regis may qualify a student to be recommended for licensure as an elementary teacher in Colorado. Successful completion of the elementary education licensure program also results in the completion of a minor in elementary education.

ED 200 Math for Teachers - 2 semester hours
ED 204 Foundations of Education for Diverse Learners - 3 semester hours
ED 300 Physical and Cultural Geography - 3 semester hours
ED 302 Psychology of Educators - 3 semester hours
ED 306 Assessment of Learning - 3 semester hours
ED 380E-W Field Work in Schools (3 sections Minimum)
ED/EDSP 401 Teaching the Exceptional Student in the General Education Classroom - 3 semester hours
ED/EDLT 403A Elementary Reading and Writing: Content, Instruction and Assessment - 3 semester hours
ED 410 Language, Literacy and Linguistics for Educators
ED 417 Elementary Student Teaching - 8-11 semester hours
ED 418A Elementary Science: Content, Instruction and Assessment - 2 semester hours
ED 418B Elementary Math: Content, Instruction and Assessment - 2 semester hours
ED 418C Elementary Language Arts: Content, Instruction and Assessment - 2 semester hours
ED 418D Elementary Social Studies: Content, Instruction and Assessment - 2 semester hours
ED 439 Practicum: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse - 1 semester hours
ED/EDLT 447 Multicultural Literature and Literacy Across the Elementary Curriculum - 3 semester hours
ED 485 Theories, Strategies, and Assessment for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse K-12 - 3 semester hours
ED 495 Student Teacher Seminar - 1 semester hours
ED 403 Assessment of the Diverse Learner - 3 semester hours
ED 475 LInguistics for Teachers of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students - 3 semester hours

Additional Elementary Education Licensure Requirements
Candidates for teacher licensure in Elementary Education in the
State of Colorado must have received liberal arts preparation in
the following areas:

  • Art
  • Music
  • United States History
  • Two Sciences (one Biological and one Physical Science)*
  • College Algebra (MT 201) or higher
  • Physical Education and Health (Nutrition, Wellness, Fitness, or First Aid Responder)
*In order for the science courses to meet both the Regis College Core Studies requirements and the teacher licensure requirements, one science course must include a laboratory.


Regis is an exceptional and successful training ground for teachers. Our Education programs are fully accredited by the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. All fulltime faculty are experienced practitioners with a teaching background. All continue to work within schools as part of our service, research and teaching responsibilities.

How To Apply

Take the next step to receiving a values-based education at Regis by visiting our admissions page to learn more about application deadlines, checklists, and applying college credit (AP, IB) to your degree.

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  • 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.