Alternative Teacher Licensure

With M.Ed. in Secondary Education Option

Unlock Your Teaching Potential

Our unique alternative licensure program prepares students to teach secondary content in public, private or independent schools, while also providing training in trauma-informed pedagogy, cultural responsiveness, social-emotional learning and mindfulness for teachers. This program is particularly beneficial for paraeducators, teacher assistants, and teachers without licenses who seek to enhance their skills and earn higher salaries.

Unlike other programs, our alternative licensure program offers regular Zoom coaching sessions and practical, experiential learning opportunities which allow practicing teachers to learn from expert faculty who have worked as educators for decades. With a focus on sustainable and equitable teaching practices, our program equips teachers with the necessary skills and instructional knowledge to serve all students.

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Program Snapshot

Program Format
8-week terms

Time Commitment
1 academic year, with 2 additional summer semesters to earn the M.Ed.

Key Dates
New cohorts begin each August

By the Numbers

Tuition discount offered to licensed teachers
Licensure content areas
Growth in alternative teacher licensure enrollment since 2010*

*2022 Title II Reports,

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Licensure Content Areas

In addition to foundational course work, you will work with your advisor to select a licensure content area that aligns with your bachelor's degree. Available content areas include:

| K-12 Art and Music
| Business
| English
| Math
| Science
| Social Studies
| World Languages

Program Details

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Imagine Yourself In ...

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EDSC 670: Asset Based Classrooms 7-12

Explore classroom management and the development of an effective classroom, with an emphasis on classroom setup, establishing rapport, setting routines and procedures, and other techniques.

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EDLD 677: Strategies for Diverse Populations

Discover research-based methods and strategies for teaching English to multilingual learners, while developing curriculum material appropriate to the development of English language skills.

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EDSP 620: Teaching Exceptional Learners

Examine disabilities in schools and services, systems and concepts associated as well as state and federal trends. Learn to apply evidence based instructional strategies and planning to meet the needs of every student.

To be eligible for the alternative teacher licensure program, you must:

  • Hold a .5 FTE or greater position in a school in the content area in which you’re seeking licensure (may be a public, private, charter or independent school)
  • 1) have 24 credit hours in the selected content area OR
    2) Pass the content area PRAXIS exam OR
    3) Possess a major in the chosen content area

To apply to the alternative teacher licensure program, you will need:

  • Completed online application
  • Resume
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges/universities attended, including an official degree-bearing transcript from a regionally accredited institution

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Tuition for the 2023-2024 academic year: $589 per credit hour ($530.10 with 10% tuition discount)
Federal TEACH Grant opportunities are also available.
For information on program-specific fees visit Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Total initial licensure credits: 18
Optional CLD Endorsement: 3
Optional M.Ed. credits: 9
TOTAL Licensure and M.Ed. credits: 30

Earning your alternative licensure from Regis sets you apart and expands your professional network — think of it as an investment in your future. Between scholarship opportunities and financial aid packages, advancing your education is within reach. Explore our Investing in Your Future graduate financing guide or visit our Office of Financial Aid on the web.

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A Culture of Excellence

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The alternative teacher licensure program is offered by the Division of Education within Regis College.