Become an Educational Leader

This program is designed for licensed teachers seeking an additional endorsement in Educational Leadership for Innovation and Change (Principal Licensure).
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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

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 36.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

MED-Ed Leadership for Innovation and Change

EDLS 643 - Capstone: Ed Leadership for Innov & Chng

Students prepare an applied project to include goal setting, decision-making and analysis, and self-evaluation and reflection. The applied project will provide documentary evidence of standards-based learning in order to quantify learning.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDLS*670 AND EDLS*671 AND EDLS*672;

EDLS 670 - Introduction to Educational Leadership

Using current literature and case studies, candidates will study a variety of styles and strategies of leadership. A basis for study in this course involves the process of school improvement and staff development.

EDLS 671 - Instructional Strategies

Emphasizes instructional strategies focusing on how to teach, coach, and improve such techniques. Strong emphasis placed on strategies that have proven highly effective in this research. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.

EDLS 672 - Principles of Adult Learning

Provides the aspiring leader with the theoretical foundations, knowledge and tools of leading adult learners in professional and personal development in order to expand student learning and success.

EDLS 681 - Personnel Selection and Supervision

Provides a framework for evaluating teachers and surpervising personnel for the benefit of student achievement. Candidates will learn policies, the laws and ethics of supervision as they relate to hiring and disciplining personnel.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDLS*670 AND EDLS*671 AND EDLS*672;

EDLS 683 - Practical Applications of Principalship

Focuses on a variety of tools and strategies essential to successfully navigating building administration, including dealing with routine matters and non-routine issues.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDLS*670 EDLS*671 AND EDLS*672;

EDLS 684 - Curriculum Design & Implementation

Provides a framework for defining and establishing a rationale for a curriculum, understanding the purposes which direct curriculum designing and implementation, and processes used to design and implement curriculum.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDLS*670 EDLS*671 AND EDLS*672;

EDLS 685 - Peer Mentoring and Support

Provides strategies to support the building leader in promoting professional growth and group dynamics while enhancing the performance of licensed and classified staff in an educational setting.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDLS*670 EDLS*671 EDLS*672;

EDLS 687 - Managing Assessment Data

Provides an in-depth study of assessment and evaluation to include assessment purposes and guiding principles, achievement targets, assessment methods, characteristics of effective assessment, evaluation, feedback, and legal issues.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDLS*670 EDLS*671 EDLS*672;

EDLS 688 - School Finance

Examines the concepts and theories of public school finance and how schools acquire, spend, and account for resources. Highlights practical fiscal and business aspects of planning and developing a school budget.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDLS*670 EDLS*671 EDLS*672;

EDLS 689 - School Law

This course focuses on an understanding of legal rationale and principles. This course offers the optimal balance of case law, statutes, regulations, and commentary, providing knowledge of the law and useful guidance in understanding the meaning and application of the law in schools.

EDLS 695E-W - Internship: School Principal

Provides on-site experience and direct practice in the everyday issues of the principalship.

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the available courses offered at Regis University within this respective degree program. The courses below include the degree program requirements as well as courses. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

EDLS 643 Capstone: Ed Leadership for Innov & Chng (3.00)

Students prepare an applied project to include goal setting, decision-making and analysis, and self-evaluation and reflection. The applied project will provide documentary evidence of standards-based learning in order to quantify learning.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDLS*670 AND EDLS*671 AND EDLS*672;

EDLS 670 Introduction to Educational Leadership (3.00)

Using current literature and case studies, candidates will study a variety of styles and strategies of leadership. A basis for study in this course involves the process of school improvement and staff development.

EDLS 671 Instructional Strategies (3.00)

Emphasizes instructional strategies focusing on how to teach, coach, and improve such techniques. Strong emphasis placed on strategies that have proven highly effective in this research. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.

EDLS 672 Principles of Adult Learning (3.00)

Provides the aspiring leader with the theoretical foundations, knowledge and tools of leading adult learners in professional and personal development in order to expand student learning and success.

EDLS 681 Personnel Selection and Supervision (3.00)

Provides a framework for evaluating teachers and surpervising personnel for the benefit of student achievement. Candidates will learn policies, the laws and ethics of supervision as they relate to hiring and disciplining personnel.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDLS*670 AND EDLS*671 AND EDLS*672;

EDLS 683 Practical Applications of Principalship (3.00)

Focuses on a variety of tools and strategies essential to successfully navigating building administration, including dealing with routine matters and non-routine issues.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDLS*670 EDLS*671 AND EDLS*672;

EDLS 684 Curriculum Design & Implementation (3.00)

Provides a framework for defining and establishing a rationale for a curriculum, understanding the purposes which direct curriculum designing and implementation, and processes used to design and implement curriculum.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDLS*670 EDLS*671 AND EDLS*672;

EDLS 685 Peer Mentoring and Support (3.00)

Provides strategies to support the building leader in promoting professional growth and group dynamics while enhancing the performance of licensed and classified staff in an educational setting.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDLS*670 EDLS*671 EDLS*672;

EDLS 687 Managing Assessment Data (3.00)

Provides an in-depth study of assessment and evaluation to include assessment purposes and guiding principles, achievement targets, assessment methods, characteristics of effective assessment, evaluation, feedback, and legal issues.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDLS*670 EDLS*671 EDLS*672;

EDLS 688 School Finance (3.00)

Examines the concepts and theories of public school finance and how schools acquire, spend, and account for resources. Highlights practical fiscal and business aspects of planning and developing a school budget.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDLS*670 EDLS*671 EDLS*672;

EDLS 689 School Law (3.00)

This course focuses on an understanding of legal rationale and principles. This course offers the optimal balance of case law, statutes, regulations, and commentary, providing knowledge of the law and useful guidance in understanding the meaning and application of the law in schools.

EDLS 695E Internship - School Principal (1.00 - 6.00)

Encompasses key learnings from each of the EDLS courses; implements and analyzes leadership principles under the supervision of a principal mentor.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDLS*670 EDLS*671 EDLS*672;

EDLS 695E-W Internship: School Principal (1.00 - 6.00)

Provides on-site experience and direct practice in the everyday issues of the principalship.

EDLS 695F Internship: School Principal (1.00 - 6.00)

Encompasses key learnings from each of the EDLS courses; implements and analyzes leadership principles under the supervision of a principal mentor.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDLS*670 EDLS*671 EDLS*672;

EDLS 695G Internship: School Principal (1.00 - 6.00)

Encompasses key learnings from each of the EDLS courses; implements and analyzes leadership principles under the supervision of a principal mentor.

Pre-requisite: TAKE EDLS*670 EDLS*671 EDLS*672;

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, consent for background check and disqualifying offenses documents 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 Starts 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: M.Ed. with Added Endorsement - Principal Licensure

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

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.

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