Becoming an Elementary Teacher (Grades K-6) at Regis

Regis University’s Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education degree with initial licensure is designed for learners seeking their initial teacher licensure in K-6.
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B.A. Elementary Education with Initial Licensure

Degree in Education Overview

Our 128-credit-hour license program includes the course requirements that fulfill state standards for specific license/endorsement areas. Through this program, elementary education majors can earn their Bachelor of Arts in Education and simultaneously earn licensure/endorsement in Colorado or Wyoming. Our Teacher Education program is nationally approved through the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). Both on-campus and online elementary education courses are offered at Regis.

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

B.A. Degree in Elementary Education with Licensure Overview

  • The States of Colorado and Wyoming require all licensed teachers to obtain licensure in addition to their bachelor’s degree. A degree is not sufficient to meet licensure guidelines.
  • All courses required for an education degree and licensure may be taken at Regis University's College for Professional Studies (CPS), or up to 90 credits may be transferred in. Regis faculty have the final decision on acceptance of transfer credit.
  • Paraprofessionals are offered a 10% preferred tuition discount for all education courses at CPS. Contact an admissions counselor for details.
  • After acceptance into the education degree program, you will be assigned an advisor who will provide specific course information.
  • A student may take as long as seven years to complete the program of study.

Total Degree and Licensure Requirements: 128 credit hours

  • Undergraduate core requirements: 45 credit hours
  • Content area requirements: A minimum of 42 credit hours are required to complete a license/endorsement in an approved academic field. Specific courses are required to meet state requirements in the content area.
  • Professional teaching sequence: 48 to 54 credit hours are required and are included in the overall degree plan.

Printable Fact Sheet: To download a printable fact sheet with details about required classes, admissions requirements, and start dates, please visit our fact sheet library. Please note: The best source for the most current information is an admissions counselor.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree in education at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 128.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

CPS: Undergraduate Core (Education)

Advncd Oral/Written

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Advanced Oral/Written Communication (3SH)
(English Composition II or Research Writing)

English Composition

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English Composition (3SH)

Global Issues

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Global Issues (3SH)

Global Issues

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For Colorado Licensure:
1 course should be World Regional Geography or
Cultural Geography

HU 366 - Leading Lives That Matter

Provides an opportunity to explore the question, "How ought we to live?" in light of educational and professional goals within the context of the Jesuit tradition.

Lit/Humanities

The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

(3SH)
Literature/Humanities

Mathematics

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Mathematics (3SH)
College Algebra or higher

Natural Science

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Natural Science (3SH)

Oral Communication

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Oral Communication (3SH)

Philosophy

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Philosophy (6SH)

Religious Studies

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Religious Studies (6SH)

Social Science

The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

For Colorado Licensure:
1 course should be U.S. History

Social Science

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Social Science (3SH)

CPS: Elementary Education Major

Child/Adlst Lit

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(3SH)
Child and Adolescent Literature

Ed. Psychology

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(3SH)
Educational Psychology

EDEL 450 - Assessment of Learning

Provides information and means for future classroom teachers to assess student learning. Appropriate, practical and relevant assessment techniques and evaluation guidelines will be provided.

Cross listing(s): EDSC 450 EDFA 450 EDEC 450.

EDEL 460 - Elementary Methods I

Students apply teaching/learning theories related to reading/writing literacy, social studies, and expressive arts integrating technology and service learning. Students prepare, teach, and assess lessons/units for individuals, small groups, and whole classrooms at the primary level.

EDEL 461 - Elementary Methods II

Students apply teaching/learning theories related to math, science, health, and physical education integrating technology and service learning. Students prepare, teach, and assess lessons/units for individuals, small groups, and whole classrooms at the intermediate level.

EDEL 490 - Student Teaching Elementary

Requires work in a classroom full time (600 student contact hours) under the supervision of a licensed teacher of the same endorsement in an accredited school. Provides opportunity to observe, develop lessons, assess learning, and teach large and small groups as well as individualized lessons. Student attends appropriate in-services or faculty meetings and become a part of the school community.

EDES 403 - Cultural Competence

Addresses culturally and linguistically diverse education. Emphasizes major theories, concepts, strategies, assessments, and research related to culture, diversity, and equity. Teacher leadership and community collaboration are integral elements.

EDFD 404 - Foundations of Teaching

Introduces the art and science of teaching. Focuses on lesson planning, content knowledge, assessment, and instructional strategies. Introduction of Jesuit themes and the Regis mission as related to social justice.

EDFD 405 - Perspectives in Education

Enhances understanding of current educational research as related to learning environments, standards, Universal Design, and ethical practice. Studies schools as organizations within historical, cultural, political, and social context.

EDFD 420 - Excptnl Chld Rglr Clssrm

Applies evidence based instructional strategies and assessments to meet the needs of every student. Examines current legislation and develops Universal Design planning. Develops ongoing connections with community, family, and school resources.

EDFD 445 - Mathematics for Educators

Emphasizes developing mathematically powerful teachers who understand a broad array of mathematical concepts and who are able to develop and deliver effective, challenging, and engaging mathematical curriculum across the content areas.

EDFD 448 - Designing Instruction for All Learners

Focuses on today's diverse learner. Addresses all aspects of the teaching and learning cycle including collaboration, planning, instruction, content, environment, assessment, and reflection.

EDFD 470 - The Effective Classroom

Explores the creation of a classroom that supports individual and collaborative learning. Considers current legislation related to management of techniques to ensure inclusive learning environments.

EDFD 497 - Professionalism in Education

Seminar that accompanies Student Teaching. Focuses on topics that are critical for the effective teacher with a global perspective: planning for instruction, ethical practices, creating a supportive classroom, leadership, and collaboration.

EDRG 444 - Teaching Reading and Writing

Provides students with an understanding of methods for teaching reading and writing. Emphasizes current methodologies, research-based instructional practices, and ongoing assessment. Understanding and application of the five essential components of comprehensive reading instruction is a primary expectation.

EDTC 401 - Technology for Educators

Emphasizes use of technology as an integral element in curriculum and instruction development, classroom research, literary expression and product development. Examines issues of appropriate usage, equipment management and communication from both student and teacher perspectives.

Fine Arts

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(3SH)
Fine Arts
YOU ONLY NEED ONE COURSE TO FULFILL THIS REQUIREMENT
(Thornton Campus students take EDEL 439)

Lifespan Development

The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

(3SH)
Lifespan Development

Lit/Humanities

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(3SH)
YOU ONLY NEED ONE COURSE TO FULFILL THIS REQUIREMENT
(Literature is required for Colorado Licensure students)

Math

The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

(3SH)
MT 201 or higher

Science

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(3SH)
Natural Science

Social Science

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(3SH)
Colorado Licensure must take one of the following courses:
Western Civilization, US Government,
Economics, or Colorado History

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the available courses offered at Regis University within this respective degree/licensure program. The courses below include the degree program requirements as well as courses. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

EDEL 439 Expressive Arts for Elementary Educators (3.00)

Analyzes the impact of the expressive arts in child development. Focus will be on expression of creativity through activities involving music, art, theater, movement and dramatic play. NOTE: Dual Language students only.

EDEL 441 Child & Adolescent Literature (3.00)

Studies genres of early childhood and adolescent literature. Emphasizes the history of this literature, analysis and evaluation of literary elements and discussion of the value issues raised in literary pieces. Includes the integration of literature in instruction.

EDEL 450 Assessment of Learning (3.00)

Provides information and means for future classroom teachers to assess student learning. Appropriate, practical and relevant assessment techniques and evaluation guidelines will be provided.

Cross listing(s): EDSC 450 EDFA 450 EDEC 450.

EDEL 460 Elementary Methods I (3.00 - 6.00)

Students apply teaching/learning theories related to reading/writing literacy, social studies, and expressive arts integrating technology and service learning. Students prepare, teach, and assess lessons/units for individuals, small groups, and whole classrooms at the primary level.

EDEL 461 Elementary Methods II (3.00 - 6.00)

Students apply teaching/learning theories related to math, science, health, and physical education integrating technology and service learning. Students prepare, teach, and assess lessons/units for individuals, small groups, and whole classrooms at the intermediate level.

EDEL 490 Student Teaching Elementary (10.00)

Requires work in a classroom full time (600 student contact hours) under the supervision of a licensed teacher of the same endorsement in an accredited school. Provides opportunity to observe, develop lessons, assess learning, and teach large and small groups as well as individualized lessons. Student attends appropriate in-services or faculty meetings and become a part of the school community.

EDFD 402 Craft of Writing for Educators (3.00)

Examines strategies for teaching student writing while also improving self writing skills. Addresses organization of thought, writing conventions, journal use, and a variety of styles and approaches.

EDFD 404 Foundations of Teaching (3.00)

Introduces the art and science of teaching. Focuses on lesson planning, content knowledge, assessment, and instructional strategies. Introduction of Jesuit themes and the Regis mission as related to social justice.

EDFD 405 Perspectives in Education (3.00)

Enhances understanding of current educational research as related to learning environments, standards, Universal Design, and ethical practice. Studies schools as organizations within historical, cultural, political, and social context.

EDFD 420 Excptnl Chld Rglr Clssrm (3.00)

Applies evidence based instructional strategies and assessments to meet the needs of every student. Examines current legislation and develops Universal Design planning. Develops ongoing connections with community, family, and school resources.

EDFD 430 Lifespan Development (3.00)

Addresses human developmental stages from the perspectives of major theories of development-cognitive, learning, humanistic, and psychoanalytic.

EDFD 431 Educational Psychology (3.00)

Addresses developmental psychology and learning theory in education. Examines current theories of educational psychological research. Emphasizes motivation, behaviorism, cognitive views of learning, personal development, brain-compatible learning, individual variation in learning, productive learning environments, classroom management, and assessments.

Cross listing(s): EDU 464 PY 464.

EDFD 445 Mathematics for Educators (3.00)

Emphasizes developing mathematically powerful teachers who understand a broad array of mathematical concepts and who are able to develop and deliver effective, challenging, and engaging mathematical curriculum across the content areas.

EDFD 448 Designing Instruction for All Learners (3.00)

Focuses on today's diverse learner. Addresses all aspects of the teaching and learning cycle including collaboration, planning, instruction, content, environment, assessment, and reflection.

EDFD 470 The Effective Classroom (3.00)

Explores the creation of a classroom that supports individual and collaborative learning. Considers current legislation related to management of techniques to ensure inclusive learning environments.

EDFD 497 Professionalism in Education (2.00)

Seminar that accompanies Student Teaching. Focuses on topics that are critical for the effective teacher with a global perspective: planning for instruction, ethical practices, creating a supportive classroom, leadership, and collaboration.

EDRG 444 Teaching Reading and Writing (3.00)

Provides students with an understanding of methods for teaching reading and writing. Emphasizes current methodologies, research-based instructional practices, and ongoing assessment. Understanding and application of the five essential components of comprehensive reading instruction is a primary expectation.

EDTC 401 Technology for Educators (3.00)

Emphasizes use of technology as an integral element in curriculum and instruction development, classroom research, literary expression and product development. Examines issues of appropriate usage, equipment management and communication from both student and teacher perspectives.

How to Apply

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Students with prior college credit, military credit, professional licenses or certificates or several years of work experience may be able to translate this experience directly into college credit.

Your admissions counselor will help evaluate your prior learning credit, provide information regarding financial aid and tuition assistance, recommend courses and help you get started with the application process.

Applicants seeking a bachelor's degree from the College for Professional Studies must possess:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent (from a regionally accredited high school) AND
  • Transferable credit from a regionally accredited college or university AND
  • Evidence of work experience

Applicants who do not meet each of these requirements may submit a letter of exception to the Assistant Dean of the school in which the applicant seeks to enroll. The letter should describe the applicant's goals and substantiate his/her ability to be successful at Regis University. Download guidelines for work experience admission appeal.

Materials Needed for Application and Admission

  • Completed online application form
  • Pay the $50.00 application fee. The fee is waived if you have applied to Regis previously or if you are a Regis graduate.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 from all previously attended colleges and universities
  • Request official transcripts from accredited institutions that you have previously attended. Download the transcript request form. Official transcripts are those that come directly from one college or university to another college or university. Official transcripts must be received no later than 30 days after the date of application. If not received, course registrations will be suspended.
  • Three years of full-time work experience after high school preferred
  • Oath and Consent form. Download the oath and consent form
  • Two recommendation forms, or one recommendation form and one observation form
  • Criminal background check: Applicants must have a $45 background check in order to complete their online application. View and print the instructionsconsent for background check and disqualifying offenses documents to get started.
  • 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.
  • 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
Summer 2014 May 5, 2014 April 7, 2014
Fall 2014 August 25, 2014 July 28, 2014

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

Tuition

Regis University Tuition: B.A. in Elementary Education with Initial Licensure

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $11,900 - $50,610 30 - 128 $395 $50
Online $11,900 - $50,610 30 - 128 $395 $50

Directed study costs $395 per credit hour

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