Become a Leader in Secondary Education

This graduate program is designed for learners who already hold a bachelor's degree and are seeking a graduate degree and initial teacher licensure in Secondary Education.
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M.Ed. Secondary Education (initial teacher licensure)

Degree Overview

Available both online and on-campus, the M.Ed. in Secondary Education with initial teacher licensure is designed for those who want to make a difference in adolescents’ lives, grades 7-12, who would like to become licensed in the state of Colorado or Wyoming. Regis University's Teacher Education program 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 Regis. Contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for details.

Total M.Ed. in Secondary Education with Initial Licensure Requirements: 45 credit hours

  • Foundational courses – gate 1: 15 credit hours
  • Graduate professional sequence courses – gate 2: 15 credit hours
  • Graduate professional sequence courses – gate 3: 12 credit hours
  • Capstone requirement: 3 credit hours

Secondary Education Endorsement Areas

In addition to the foundational course requirements, each Secondary Endorsement area has curriculum respective to that area. Students will work with their academic advisor to determine the courses needed to fulfill the additional requirements for their endorsement area:

  • Business
  • English
  • Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish)*
  • Math*
  • Science*
  • Social Studies

*Students seeking licensure in Secondary Foreign Language, Math or Science must enter the program with a completed bachelor’s degree in the respective area.

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

Course Requirements

EDFD 601 Educational Foundations (3 credit hours)
EDFD 600 Philosophical Foundations of Education (3 credit hours)
EDFD 630 Educational Psychology (3 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)
EDEL 670 Effective Learning Environments (3 credit hours)
EDRG 644 Teaching Reading and Writing (3 credit hours)
EDSC 652  Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3 credit hours)
EDSC 661-669  Methods of Teaching Secondary in the Content Area (3 credit hours)
EDSC 650  Assessment of Learning for Secondary (3 credit hours)
EDSC 690  Student Teaching (10 credit hours)
EDFD 697  Professionalism in Education (2 credit hours)
EDRS 600  Educational Research and Critical Reflection I (3 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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Applicants seeking a master's degree from Regis University must possess a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.

  • Complete the online graduate application
  • 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 Office of Admissions. Download the transcript request form.
  • 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: 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.
  • Secondary Education license/endorsements in foreign language (French/German/Spanish), math, or science must have completed a bachelor's degree in the specific area before they can apply to the Master of Education 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
  • 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 Start Application Deadline
Summer 2015 May 4, 2015 April 6, 2015
Fall 2015 August 24, 2015 July 27, 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 $21,450 45 $475 $75
Online $21,450 45 $475 $75

Directed study costs $475 per credit hour.

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