Special Education

Master of Education | Initial Licensure

Become a dedicated special education teacher.

With the Regis M.Ed. in Special Education, we’ll help you build upon your passion for educating students with diverse needs and skills in a positive environment. Through hands-on experience and rigorous research-based instruction, you’ll explore important concepts and practices in special education, including transition services, behavior analysis, intervention and social justice.

By the last semester of your master’s program, you’ll have passed your licensure exams and be paired with a qualified special education teacher for student teaching to put the theories you’ve learned into practice. By graduation, you’ll feel confident and capable of leading your own special education classroom.

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Program Snapshot

Program Format
Online 8-week terms

Time Commitment
24 - 36 months

Key Dates
Starts are offered in August and January.

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Student Teaching

Regis has over 100 partner schools and will work to pair you with the right grade level in a supportive atmosphere for your student teaching experience. Students must pass the state-required licensing exam (PRAXIS) and complete a total of 200 field hours before applying to student teaching. Students should expect to complete 1-3 field hours per week while enrolled in the program.

Initial Licensure

After completing your field hours in a Colorado school, you can apply for licensure in Colorado through the Colorado Department of Education with our recommendation. A total of 800 hours of fieldwork and student teaching are required for licensure, as well as successful completion of the PRAXIS licensing exam.

Excellence in Education

The M.Ed. in Special Education program at Regis University is an initial licensure preparation program that is approved by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). It is also nationally approved through the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). We're proud that our graduates continue to make a difference in the lives of students. 

By the Numbers

Discount offered for licensed or contracted teachers
Avg. salary for K-12 principals*
New K-12 principal jobs to be filled by 2029*

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,

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Additional Program Options

In addition to the Master of Education in Special Education, Regis offers the following options for those in various stages of their career. Ask your admissions counselor for more information.

| Added endorsement for Licensed Teachers: 30 credit hours
| Non-degree, Added Endorsement: 27 credit hours

Program Details

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EDSP 663: Assessment of the Diverse Learner

Identify educational and behavioral needs, write measurable goals and develop appropriate interventions to craft individualized education plans (IEPs) and monitor student growth.

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EDSP 664: Behavior Management and Intervention

Analyze student behavior, including normal and disruptive classroom actions, focusing on intervention strategies for students with moderate needs. 

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EDRG 653: Literacy for Students with Special Needs

Explore research-based methods and curricula for teaching reading and writing to students with special learning needs, including effective assessment strategies and modifications.

To apply to the M.Ed. in Special Education program, you will need: 

  • Completed online application
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Official degree-bearing transcript(s) from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Resume
  • Added endorsement only: Copy of active teaching license or educator credential

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Tuition for the 2022-2023 academic year: $572 per credit hour
10% tuition discount is available for paraprofessionals or those with contracted positions within a school.
For information on program-specific fees visit Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Total program credits: 48

Earning your M.Ed. in Special Education 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 sign up for one of our upcoming graduate financial aid information sessions.

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The Master of Education in Special Education is offered by the Division of Education within Regis College.