Become an Educational Leader

This hybrid program is designed to develop leadership skills in areas of critical importance in Colorado schools.
Classroom Online Accelerated

M.Ed. Added Endorsement: Principal Licensure

Degree Overview

Regis University is proud to offer an innovative Master's in Education with Added Endorsement for Licensed Teachers: Educational Leadership for Innovation & Change (Principal Licensure). This program gives licensed teachers the opportunity to support school administrators, advance their own careers and earn principal licensure in Colorado. Through this program you will explore the importance of responsible educational leadership including the critical aspects of supervision, mentoring and support, as well as school finance, law and assessment data. The curriculum connects theory and practice to field experience in the real world, preparing you to become an influential leader in education. 

Designed and taught by practicing professionals, the Educational Leadership program is available online and on campus.

A graduate license is dependent on the major of your bachelor's degree. If the level and area of license you are seeking does not correspond to your specific major, you may need to take additional undergraduate credits as required by Colorado laws and regulations for license.

Licensed educators and paraprofessionals are eligible to receive a 10% preferred tuition discount for teacher education courses at CPS. Contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for details.

Total Degree and Principal License Requirements: 36 credit hours

  • Foundational courses: 9 credit hours
  • Graduate professional sequence courses: 24 credit hours
  • Capstone requirement: 3 credit hours

Program Requirements

Foundational Requirements (9 credit hours)

EDLS 670 Introduction to Educational Leadership
EDLS 671 Instructional Leadership
EDLS 672 Principles of Adult Learning

Professional Sequence Courses (24 credit hours)

EDLS 671 Instructional Leadership
EDLS 681 HR for Educational Leaders
EDLS 688 Fiscal Leadership
EDLS 690 School Strategy and Sustainability
EDLS 692 Community & Communications Leadership
EDLS 694 Educational Policy & Organizational Leadership
EDLS 696 Ethical& Reflective Leadership
EDLS 697 Dta Literacy & Assessment

Emphasis Courses (3 credit hours)
Upon completion of the core courses, student select from one of three emphasis areas listed below to complete their degree:

Organizational Politics & Performance (3 courses)
This specialization explores the political context of leadership, change, and organizational effectiveness. Learners will gain understanding of the challenges of rearranging political relationships, coaching for improved performance, and leading change initiatives.
EDLS 693 Principals, Power & Politics
MBOP 604 Coaching for Change
MBOP 606 Effective Decision Making in Performance
School Executive Leadership (3 courses)
This specialization allows learners to customize their emphasis by completing three of the courses listed below.
EDLS 681 Personnel Selection and Supervision
EDLS 685 Peer Mentoring and Support
EDLS 688 School Finance
EDLS 689 School Law
MSM 602 The Leadership Management Challenge
MSM 621 Leading Change and Innovation
Teacher Leadership (3 courses)
Completers of the Regis College Teacher Leadership certificate may use the following three courses of successfully completed courses as their emphasis area
MAE 640I Leading Professional Learning
MAE 640J Leading Collaborative Cultures
MAE 640K Leading Collaborative Cultures
TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 36 credit hours

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above and you should contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

How to Apply

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MATERIALS NEEDED FOR APPLICATION AND ADMISSION

Applicants seeking a master's degree from the College for Professional Studies must possess a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.

  • Application: Completed graduate application form
  • Application fee: $75.00 non-refundable application fee (waived for Regis University graduates)
  • Submit official degree-bearing transcript from previously attended U.S. regionally accredited college or university. Official transcript must be sent directly from your previously attended school to the CPS Admission Office.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 on degree-bearing transcript with option of supplying additional course work transcripts.
  • Critical analysis essay
  • Oath and consent information
  • Current resume
  • One online recommendation form from a principal, colleague or supervisor who knows your work in a professional setting (observation form not required)
  • Copy of current teaching license
  • Criminal background check: Applicants must have a $45 background check in order to complete their online application. View and print the instructions and disqualifying offenses to get started.
  • Three years of teaching experience required prior to starting the program
  • Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens
  • Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed

Application Deadlines*

Term Class Start Application Deadline
Fall 2014 August 25, 2014 July 28, 2014
Spring 2015 January 5, 2015 December 8, 2014
Summer 2015 May 4, 2015 April 6, 2015

*Your application file including all requirements, documents and fees, must be completed by the application deadline.

Tuition

2014-2015 Academic Year Tuition: Effective Fall 2014 - August 25, 2014

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $17,175 36 $475 $75
Online $17,175 36 $475 $75

2013-2014 Academic Year Tuition: Through Summer 2014

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $17,175 36 $475 $75
Online $17,175 36 $475 $75

Directed study costs $475 per credit hour.

Please note: Additional fees may apply to students. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for information.

Licensed educators and paraprofessionals are eligible to receive a 10% preferred tuition discount for teacher education courses at CPS. Contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for details.