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Special Education

Master of Education | Initial Licensure

Cultivate diverse learners in positive environments. 

Everyone deserves a quality education. As a student at Regis, we’ll equip you with the foundation to provide stability and compassion for your students. You will develop critical thinking skills and support students’ abilities with hands-on lessons that foster healthy socialization experiences.

Become a dedicated special education teacher competent in areas such as transition services, behavior analysis, intervention and social justice. During the last semester of your master’s degree, 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.

Program Snapshot

Program Format
Online + on campus courses
8-week terms

Credits for Completion
43 credit hours

Cost of Tuition
$515 per credit hour

Sample Special Education Classes

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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.

Program Details

Get all the details on our M.Ed. Special Education program, including course requirements and application materials. 

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. 


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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: 36 credit hours
| Non-degree, initial licensure only: 24 credit hours

How to Apply

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

  • Completed online application
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Official degree-bearing transcripts with a minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Resume
  • Teacher candidate interview
  • Criminal background check

The first step in the application process is to contact an admissions counselor, who can evaluate your prior learning credits, provide information regarding financial aid and tuition assistance and help you through the entire application process. 

Tuition and Fees

Program tuition: $515 per credit hour
10% tuition discount is available for paraprofessionals or those with contracted positions within a school
Total program credits: 43

Curious about financial aid options? Regis offers a variety of scholarships, grants and other programs to help you pay for school. Visit Financial Aid to learn more.

Rolling Admissions

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. It is recommended you apply to this program at least four weeks prior to your desired start date.

Starts are offered in January and August.