Become a Leader in Early Childhood Special Education

This graduate program is designed for learners who already hold a bachelor's degree and are seeking a graduate degree with initial teacher licensure in Special Education-Early Childhood.
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M.Ed. Initial Licensure: Special Education-Early Childhood

Degree Overview

Regis University's M.Ed. with initial teacher licensure in Special Education-Early Childhood 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 educators who would like to become licensed in the state of Colorado or Wyoming and is nationally approved through the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

Our 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 or Wyoming 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 M.Ed. with Initial Teacher Licensure in Special Education-Early Childhood can be achieved through a multi-year program utilizing on-campus evening and weekend classes, online classes, or directed study. The degree plus licensure can be achieved as an initial endorsement/license or as an added endorsement/license.

Special Education: Early Childhood – Initial License/Endorsement

  • Total Degree and License Requirements:  49 credit hours
  • Foundational courses: 12 credit hours
  • Professional sequence courses: 31 credit hours
  • Graduate courses: 6 credit hours

Special Education: Early Childhood – Added License/Endorsement

  • Total Degree and License Requirements:  35-43 credit hours*
  • Foundational courses: 3-12 credit hours
  • Professional sequence courses: 26 credit hours
  • Graduate courses: 6 credit hours
  • *Note: The final decision about required course work rests with the student’s faculty advisor

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.

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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 subject related courses. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates. No course descriptions found.

EDFD 600 Philosophical Foundations of Education (3.00)

Traces the history of the development of educational theory. Investigates leading contemporary and classical philosophical perspectives and implications towards practical educational goals. Analyzes educational values and practices and strategies for educational change.

Cross listing(s): EDFD 600N EDFD 690E MLS 654E.

EDFD 601 Educational Foundations (3.00)

Focuses on the foundations of education, teachers, and the law, and teaching as a profession. Also introduces Jesuit themes with an emphasis on service to others.

Cross listing(s): EDTC 601.

EDFD 603 Mltctrl/Ethic Prspctvs in Ed (3.00)

Examines the broad range of cultural competence focusing on implications in education, including ethnicity, socioeconomic level and gender. Explores ethical issues in education and invites students to develop a personal ethical stance regarding education practice.

Cross listing(s): EDFD 603N MLS 654H.

EDFD 610 Curr Intrdscplnry Prspctvs Ed (3.00)

Provides in-depth study of the role and social context of schooling from an interdisciplinary perspective. Focuses on current issues, research and implications for learning.

Cross listing(s): EDFD 610N MLS 654F.

EDFD 630 Educational Psychology (3.00)

Focuses on human learning, motivation, and development. Investigates the relationship between individual differences related to learners cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical development and instruction. Emphasizes use of instructional technology.

Cross listing(s): EDFD 630N EDFD 690F MLS 654G.

EDFD 697 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 603 Emergent Literacy (3.00)

Studies the young learner as he or she learns to read and write. Emphasizes early learning strategies and developmental theory. NOTE: Field experience included.

EDRG 644 Teaching Reading and Writing (3.00)

Provides graduate students with a variety of methods for teaching reading and writing. Uses current methodologies, research-based instructional practices, and ongoing assessment. Includes instruction and application of the five essential components of reading instruction. Note: Field experience required.

EDRS 698 Capstone in Reflective Teaching (3.00)

Students explore research and best practices for classroom teachers using four strands. Identified data is collected during student reaching for analysis and presentation. Emphasis is on cultivating skills and dispositions necessary to becoming reflective practitioners.

EDSP 600 Intro to the Young Special Needs Child (3.00)

Studies characteristics and diversity of needs in young children with special needs. Focuses on procedures for diagnosis, referrals, and educational adjustments for these students. Includes issues about auxiliary services and parent interventions.

EDSP 605 Special Education Law (3.00)

Designed to acquaint teachers with the ethical intricacies of law and policies as pertaining to special education. Case studies and up-to-date mandates from special education legislation will be examined.

EDSP 610 Transition & Secondary Services (3.00)

Prepares educators to work with students with disabilities to be successful in education, employment, and independent living after completion of high school.

EDSP 620 UDL: Framework for Teaching & Learning (3.00)

Provides the foundational knowledge and skills to design, create, and provide lessons that ensure the engagement and participation of varied learners within a high standards based curriculum.

EDSP 630 Lang Dvlp & Young Chldrn W/ Spec Needs (3.00)

Examines the effects of cultural/linguistic differences on the growth and development of young children and the impact of language delays on cognitive, social-emotional, adaptive, play, temperment, motor development, and behavior. Field hours required.

EDSP 631 Psychosocial Dvlp Young Spec Needs Child (3.00)

Applies educational concepts to the physical, cognitive, affective, social, and language development of young children with special needs. Emphasizes maturational, environmental, and hereditary aspects affecting learning and development.

EDSP 650 Educational Asses of Young Spec Needs Ch (3.00)

Studies assessment tools and techniques for young children with special needs. Focuses on the process of assessment, intervention, and evaluation. Emphasizes interpretation and application of assessment results through development of appropriate educational programs for individual children. Contains a practicum component.

EDSP 659 Mthds Tchng Yng Children W/ Specl Needs (3.00)

Develops learning experiences that match the individual characteristics of infants and young children with special needs and explores how to use assessment to adapt instructional strategies and materials. Field hours required.

EDSP 690 Practicum in Special Ed: Early Childhood (4.00 - 10.00)

Requires working in a classroom full time (300-600 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. Attends appropriate in-services or faculty meetings and becomes a part of the school community.

How to Apply

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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
  • 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.
  • Critical analysis essay
  • Oath and consent information
  • Current resume
  • One online observation form from a person who has observed the applicant with children of the appropriate age
  • 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.

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.


Regis University Tuition: M.Ed. with Initial Licensure - Special Education Early Childhood

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $23,350 49 $475 $75
Online $23,350 49 $475 $75

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.