Earn a Master of Arts Degree in Education

Regis University Master of Arts in Education class

The Master of Arts in Education (MAE) Program offers licensed teachers quality programs that integrate personal growth and professional application of essential skills in the Jesuit education tradition. With two areas of specialization, the MAE Program is committed to providing a program of the highest quality based on current research in effective teaching and how students of all ages learn best.

The two areas of specialization in the MAE Program, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education and Teacher Leadership, prepare teachers to be transformational leaders by working with linguistically diverse student populations and by optimizing the ability to serve in a variety of leadership roles.

In addition to a master’s degree, the MAE Program offers a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) Endorsement, a state approved licensure program, a Linguistically Diverse Learner Academic Certificate, and a Teacher Leadership Academic Certificate.

Mission and Goals

The mission of the Master of Arts in Education program is to actively engage and support 21st century educators in collaborative, reflective, and challenging learning experiences that fully develop their capabilities as highly effective teachers in the education profession.

Our commitment is to provide the highest quality programs at the forefront of the educational arena.

History of the Program

The Master of Arts in Education Program began in 1991 following a unique beginning in Regis College as an outgrowth of a series of highly successful Summer Literacy Institutes for teachers.  Rooted in Jesuit education traditions, the MAE Program offers licensed teachers a quality program that integrates personal growth and professional application of essential skills.

Curricular Philosophy

The Master of Arts in Education program is based on the principles and philosophy of process learning. From extensive multidisciplinary research, conditions of learning and structures of learning have been identified which in this program are applied across the disciplines.

Important Considerations

  • Classes scheduled for working teachers – evenings, Saturdays and summer intensives
  • High-quality instruction by practicing educators
  • Research-based, active and reflective learning
  • Small class sizes
  • Classroom-based and blended online sessions provide collaboration and immediate application of learning

The MAE program is a CDE state-approved program offering an Endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education.

Students may be eligible for the Teach Grant. Learn more by visiting our financial aid section.

Admission requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (Earned graduate credits may be considered in lieu of GPA requirement as approved by the program director)
  • Valid teaching license
  • Ongoing teaching experience with students and/or teachers
  • Competency in reading, writing and speaking English


Application Includes:

  • A valid teaching license, or evidence of teaching experience 
  • Official transcripts
    Send official transcripts to:
    Regis University Office of Admissions
    3333 Regis Blvd., P-28
    Denver, CO 80221-1099
    Electronic transcripts may be sent to: sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu
  • Application fee
  • Essay addressing one of the following:
    • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Program: Write about your perceptions of ESL/Bilingual/Multicultural Education.
    • Teacher Leadership Program: Write about key characteristics reflected in teacher leaders that you feel positively impact teachers’ professional learning and student achievement.

What courses are offered in the program? Is there a specific course of study?

Students in the MAE program can earn a Master’s degree, an Academic Certificate or requirements for a Colorado Department of Education Endorsement.

  • Master of Arts in Education: Teaching the Linguistically Diverse
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Endorsement
  • Linguistically Diverse Learner Academic Certificate
  • Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Leadership
  • Teacher Leadership Academic Certificate
  • Master of Arts in Education: Graduate Teacher Licensure

Refer to the "Programs of Study" tab on this page for a complete list.

Is there an application deadline?

Applications for admission are accepted throughout the year. Early application prior to the desired start date is encouraged. Students must complete an MAE application including official transcripts and an essay. 

Refer to the “Apply Now” tab for more information.

When are the program start dates

Prospective students may apply to enter the program prior to fall, spring or summer sessions. Students may take up to two classes during the fall and spring semesters and up to three classes during the summer.

Courses are offered on a semester based system in the Fall and Spring semester. Summer classes are offered as daytime intensive classes.

How long does it take to complete these programs?

Students typically complete the master’s program in 3 years and are required to complete the program within five years. The CLDE master’s degree includes the requirements for the added endorsement and Academic Certificate.

Students generally complete the added endorsement requirements during 1½ years and the Academic Certificate within one year.

Due to the concentrated nature of the programs, students are expected to attend all class sessions. Any exceptions should be negotiated with the individual instructor or the program director.

Who teaches the courses?

Instructors in the MAE program are highly-qualified, experienced educators and leaders in their fields. All hold a master’s or doctoral degree and are selected for their ability to blend academic theory with practical classroom application. MAE instructors are committed to academic excellence and providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in their classrooms and their careers.

How much does the MAE program cost?

Please refer to the Cost of attendance website page for MAE program costs.

Registration confirmations and invoices are mailed to students and payment must be made at least one week prior to the first week of the course. Refer to Regis University Student Accounts for specific dates.

When are the courses offered? How are the classes scheduled?

Courses in the MAE program are tailored to meet the needs of working teachers. Classes are offered during the school year in the evenings and some weekends. Summer classes are offered in an intensive block format. Online sections may also be available.

Where are the classes held?

Classes generally meet on the Regis University Northwest Denver campus. Parking is within walking distance of the classrooms. Some classes may be held off-campus in a school district or other Regis satellite campus.

What is expected from students in the MAE program?

MAE students are expected to:

  • Demonstrate ethical behavior.
  • Design and implement integrated curricula for their unique educational community, building upon research and concepts presented throughout the program.
  • Assimilate experiences and learning in a developmental portfolio to be used in preparing and presenting during the final capstone class.
  • Practice on-going self-reflection to enhance learning and growth opportunities.

Can I transfer in credits from other institutions?

Transfer credit may be awarded for graduate-level coursework from colleges and universities that are accredited by a regional association in which a grade of “B” or better was earned.

Courses that are transferred into a candidate‘s MAE degree plan must align with or equate to existing courses in the MAE program in both underlying philosophy and content and/or must expand/support student‘s teaching position. Substitutions for core courses must have director approval. A course syllabus must accompany each course transfer request. Six semester hours of transfer credit may be requested depending on program emphasis.

How do I contact someone in the MAE program?

The MAE office number is 303.458.4349 and the MAE email is mae@regis.edu. If you have specific questions related to applying or admission into the program, please contact the Office of Admissions at 800.944.7667 or ruadmissions@regis.edu.

Students in the MAE program register for courses through Regis WebAdvisor unless otherwise instructed. Students will be notified when registration is open. 

Early registration will ensure that you are able to register for your desired course and section. Instructors will send syllabi, book requirements and other course information prior to the start of class to your Regis.edu email address.  If you are a new student, you must set up your RegisNet account. Be prepared to start the first day of class.

Classes are offered on a variable schedule and are fairly condensed therefore it is very important that you arrive to class on time and attend all classes. Please check your work and personal schedule carefully prior to registration.

Notify the MAE office immediately if you must drop a course. The allowable drop period typically ends one week after the first class meeting date. For questions, call the MAE office at 303.458.4349.  You must drop the course within the allowed time or you will be required to submit a Regis University withdrawal form on-line and you will be responsible for pro-rated tuition for the course. (If this becomes necessary, contact MAE immediately for withdrawal instructions. Tuition responsibility is contingent on the date your online withdrawal form is processed).

Do not hesitate to contact us about registration questions.

Contact the Master of Arts in Education Team

To request more information about admission to the Master of Arts in Education programs, please contact the Office of Admissions at 800.944.7667 or ruadmissions@regis.edu.

Master of Arts in Education
David H. Clarke Hall, Suite 458
Mail - Mail Code H-20
3333 Regis Boulevard
Denver, CO 80221
Phone - 303.458.4349
Toll Free - 800.388.2366 ext. 4349

Master of Arts in Education Staff

Karla Esser, director

Colleen Ceyssens, graduate student advisor

Cost of Attendance

View the Cost of Attendance website page for more information regarding program costs. The tuition, fees, and other charges for the MAE program are good-faith projections for the academic year. They are, however, subject to change from one academic term to the next as deemed necessary by the University in order to meet its financial commitments and to fulfill its role and mission.

Financial aid may be available. Students are urged to call Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 or 1.800.388.2366 Ext. 4126 with questions, concerns, and application procedures.