Regis University's M.Ed. with initial teacher licensure in Special Education-Generalist is designed for educators seeking the expertise needed to effectively teach students with a wide variety of special needs, ages five to 21, in the state of Colorado. Our Teacher Education program is nationally approved through the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).
The Teacher Education program is based on the philosophy that learning to be a teacher is best accomplished when an understanding of theory and practice is balanced by the knowledge gained through diverse experience in schools. Foundational courses will introduce you to theories in education. Content (subject area) courses will ensure that you have the depth of knowledge needed to teach in your endorsement area. Your professional sequence courses will emphasize field placement and experiential learning and your student teaching semester will be your final culmination in applying what you have learned.
Regis University's teacher licensure program develops educational leaders who improve and transform society. The curriculum emphasizes four distinctive areas:
- Jesuit ideals including serving others, striving for excellence and reflective practice
- Service learning integrated into every program, integrating theory with practical application
- Curriculum focused on developing teachers who are data literate and able think critically
- Instructional technology embedded into every course to help teachers inspire a deeper level of learning among students
A graduate license/endorsement is dependent on the major of your bachelor's degree. If the level and area of license/endorsement 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/endorsement.
Paraprofessionals are offered a 10% preferred tuition discount for education courses at CPS. Contact an admissions counselor for details.
The Master's in Education with initial teacher licensure in Special Education can be achieved as an initial endorsement or as an added endorsement.
Special Education: Generalist – Initial Endorsement
- Total Degree and License Requirements: 58 credit hours
- Foundational courses: 15 credit hours
- Professional sequence courses: 37 credit hours
- Graduate courses: 6 credit hours
Special Education: Generalist – Added Endorsement
- Total Degree and License Requirements: 30-33 credit hours*
- Foundational courses: 0-3 credit hours
- Professional sequence courses: 24 credit hours
- Graduate courses: 6 credit hours
- *Note: The final decision about required course work rests with the student’s faculty advisor
Foundational Requirements (15 credit hours)**
||Educational Foundations (3 credit hours)*
||Educational Research and Critical Reflection I (3 credit hours)*
||Equity, Ethics and Social Justice in Education (3 credit hours)*
||Educational Psychology (3 credit hours)*
||Effective Learning Environments (3 credit hours)
| *Service learning sequence courses require continual service learning throughout. Service learning partnership is established in EDFD 601.
**PLACE or PRAXIS exam in Elementary Education must be passed before moving to professional sequence courses.
Professional Sequence Courses (33 credit hours)
||Universal Design for Learning: A Framework for Teaching and Learning (3 credit hours)*
||Special Education Law (3 credit hours)
||Mathematic Intervention for Children with Special Needs (3 credit hours)
||Teaching Reading and Writing (3 credit hours)
||Assessment and Planning for Exceptional Students (3 credit hours)
||Behavioral Analysis and Intervention (3 credit hours)
||Literacy for Students with Special Needs (3 credit hours)
||Consultation and Collaboration Skills (3 credit hours)
||Transition and Secondary Services (3 credit hours)
||Methods and Strategies in Special Education (3 credit hours)
Choose 1 elective course (3 credit hours) from the following:
||Characteristics of Pupils who Have Autism (3 credit hours)
||Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners (3 credit hours)
||Introduction to the Gifted Learner (3 credit hours)
||Emergent Literacy (3 credit hours)
|Master’s Degree Requirements (1 credit hour)
| EDRS 680
||Educational Research and Critical Reflection II (1 credit hour)
Licensure Requirements (6 credit hours)
| PLACE Generalist Test must be completed when applying to Student Teaching
||Practicum in Special Education Generalist (4 credit hours)
||Professionalism in Education I (2 credit hours)
|TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 55-58 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.
To download a printable fact sheet with program details, click here.
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 transcript from each previously attended U.S. regionally accredited college or university. Official transcript must be sent directly from your previously attended schools to the CPS Admission Office.
- Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 from previously attended colleges and universities.
- Critical analysis essay
- Oath and consent information
- Current resume
- One observation form from a person who has observed the applicant with children of the appropriate age
- Criminal background check (Initial Licensure/Endorsement Applicants): Applicants must have a $45 background check in order to complete their online application. View and print the instructions, consent for background check and disqualifying offenses documents to get started.
- 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
- Once registered in your first course, a $90 Task Stream fee will be applied toward your tuition. This fee is eligible for financial aid. Task Stream creates a webfolio where all evaluations, projects, papers and field hours are tracked in once place, which can be provided as a link to principals when you apply for teaching positions.
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||August 25, 2014
||July 28, 2014
*Your application file including all requirements, documents and fees, must be completed by the application deadline.
Regis University Tuition: M.Ed. with Initial Licensure - Special Education Generalist
||Estimated Total Program Cost
||Credit Hours Required
||Cost per Credit Hour
||Estimated Fees for Program
Directed study costs $475 per credit hour
Please note: Additional fees may apply to Regis University students. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for information.