Expanding Your Skills in Early Childhood Special Education

Regis University’s Special Education-Early Childhood program is designed for licensed teachers seeking an added endorsement in Special Education, Early Childhood.
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Special Education-Early Childhood Added Endorsement

Overview of Special Education-Early Childhood Program

Regis University’s Special Education: Early Childhood program focuses on methods of teaching young special needs children from birth through age eight, including educational assessment tools and understanding language development. The program is designed for licensed educators who would like an added endorsement in the state of Colorado or Wyoming. 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. Program curriculum is blended with instructional technology so you have the technical knowledge to inspire a deeper level of learning among your students.

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

Total Special Ed Early Childhood Added Endorsement Requirements: 37 credit hours

Program Requirements

Foundational Requirements (6 credit hours)

EDES 603 Equity, Ethics and Social Justice in Education (3 credit hours)*
EDSP 620 Universal Design for Learning: A Framework for Teaching and Learning (3 credit hours)*
*Service learning and school-based field hours included in these courses. Service learning partnership is established in EDES 603.

Professional Sequence Courses (31 credit hours)

EDSP 600 Introduction to the Young Special Needs Child for Special Education Teachers (3 credit hours)
EDRG 644 Teaching Reading and Writing (3 credit hours)
EDSP 631 Psychological Development of the Young Special Needs Child (3 credit hours)
EDRG 603 Emergent Literacy (3 credit hours)
EDSP 650 Educational Assessment of the Young Special Needs Child (3 credit hours)
EDSP 665 Consultation and Collaboration Skills (3 credit hours)
EDSP 630 Language Development and the Young Special Needs Child (3 credit hours)
EDSP 659 Methods of Teaching Young Special Needs Children (3 credit hours)
EDRS 680  Educational Research and Critical Reflection II (1 credit hour) 
EDSP 690  Practicum in Early Childhood Special Education (4 credit hours) 
EDFD 697  Professionalism in Education (2 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

Take the next step in your Regis experience and connect with a Regis admissions counselor for information and assistance.

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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 an added endorsement from the College for Professional Studies must possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and a teaching license.

Materials Needed for Application and Admission:

  • Complete the online non-degree application
  • Pay the $75.00 application fee. The fee is waived if you have applied to Regis previously or if you are a Regis graduate.
  • Official degree-bearing transcript from U.S. regionally accredited institution. 
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 on degree-bearing transcript with option of supplying additional course work transcripts.
  • Critical analysis essay
  • Oath and Consent form. Download the oath and consent form.
  • Current resume
  • One online observation form from a person who has observed the applicant with children of the appropriate age.
  • 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.
  • 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 2015 May 4, 2015 April 6, 2015

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


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 $17,650 37 $475 $75
Online $17,650 37 $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 $17,650 37 $475 $75
Online $17,650 37 $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.