Earn a Master of Arts Degree in Education

Regis University Master of Arts in Education class

The Master of Arts in Education program actively engages teachers in collaborative, reflective and challenging learning experiences that wholly develop their capabilities as leaders in the teaching profession. MAE is committed to providing a program of the highest quality based on current research in effective teaching and how students of all ages learn best.

Mission and Goals

To actively engage teachers in collaborative, reflective and challenging learning experiences that wholly develop their capabilities as leaders in the education profession.

  • Prepare teachers who 1) understand how students learn most effectively, 2) are knowledgeable about effective, research-based curricula, 3) model critical and creative thinking processes that lead to purposeful learning and 4) value and engage diverse students with unique learning styles and backgrounds.
  • Empower teachers as active and self-directed lifelong learners.
  • Model a belief system for learning and teaching that guides ethical decision-making, educational practice and shared leadership within a community.
  • By fostering growth in teaching and learning, increase the potential for all students to meaningfully contribute as citizens in a diverse democratic society.

History of the Program

The Master of Arts in Education Program began in 1991 following a unique beginning in Regis College as an outgrowth of a series of highly successful Summer Literacy Institutes for teachers.  Rooted in Jesuit education traditions, the MAE Program offers licensed teachers a quality program that integrates personal growth and professional application of essential skills.

The two areas of specialization in the MAE Program include: Teaching the Linguistically Diverse and Teacher Leadership.

Our commitment is to provide the highest quality programs at the forefront of the educational arena.

In addition to the Master’s Degrees, the MAE Program offers a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) Endorsement, a CLDE Bilingual Specialist Endorsement, a Linguistically Diverse Learner Academic Certificate, and a Teacher Leadership Academic Certificate.

Curricular Philosophy

The Master of Arts in Education program is based on the principles and philosophy of process learning. From extensive multidisciplinary research, conditions of learning and structures of learning have been identified which in this program are applied across the disciplines.

Program Highlights

  • Classes held evenings, weekends and summers to fit your schedule
  • Apply to start in summer, fall or spring
  • Convenient class locations
  • Research-based curriculum immediately applicable to the classroom
  • Classroom-based and blended online classes
  • High-quality instruction by practicing educators  with extensive K-12 experience
  • Emphasis on process learning and critical reflection
  • Mentor support system for degree and endorsement candidates
  • Focus on social justice and collaboration
  • Transfer credits considered
  • No GRE required
  • Competitive tuition rate and a 10% tuition discount for Colorado licensed teachers
  • Financial Aid available

The Regis College MAE program has received the Colorado Department of Education Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Endorsement.

Students may be eligible for the Teach Grant. Learn more by visiting our financial aid section.

Apply now by completing the application information below

Master of Arts in Education Application
Master of Arts in Education Transcript Request Instructions
Master of Arts in Education Personal Recommendations

Admission requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (Earned graduate credits may be considered in lieu of GPA requirement as approved by the program director)
  • Valid teaching license
  • Ongoing teaching experience with students and/or teachers
    • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Program: One year teaching experience
    • Learning & Teaching Program: One year teaching experience
    • Teacher Leadership Program: Three years of classroom/school/district experience
  • Competency in reading, writing and speaking English

Application Requirements

  • A completed, signed application
  • A copy of a valid teaching license
  • Non-refundable $75 application fee
  • Essay addressing one of the following:
    • Learning & Teaching Program: Please write about three books you have read over the past decade and how they have impacted your professional and/or personal life.
    • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Program: Please write about your perceptions of ESL/Bilingual/Multicultural Education.
    • Teacher Leadership Program: Please write about key characteristics reflected in teacher leaders that you feel positively impact teachers’ professional learning and student achievement.
  • Two personal recommendations
  • Official transcripts
    • Send official transcripts to:
      Regis University
      Office of Admissions
      3333 Regis Blvd.
      Mail Code P-28
      Denver, CO 80221-1099

What courses are offered in the program? Is there a specific course of study?

Students in the MAE program can earn a Master’s degree, an Academic Certificate or requirements for a CDE added endorsement.

  • Master of Arts in Education: Teaching the Linguistically Diverse
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Endorsement
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Endorsement: Bilingual Specialist
  • Linguistically Diverse Learner Academic Certificate
  • Master of Arts in Education: Learning & Teaching
  • Master of Arts in Education: Graduate Teacher Licensure
  • Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Leadership
  • Teacher Leadership Academic Certificate

Refer to the "Programs of Study" tab on this page for a complete list.

Is there an application deadline?

Applications for admission are accepted throughout the year. Early application prior to the desired starting date is encouraged. Students must complete the full MAE application including official transcripts, an essay, and letters of recommendation. Refer to the “Apply Now” tab for more information.

When are the program start dates

Candidates may apply to enter the program prior to fall, spring or summer sessions. Students may take up to two classes during the fall and spring semesters and up to three classes during the summer.

How long does it take to complete these programs?

Students typically complete the master’s program in 2-3 years and are required to complete the program within five years.

Students generally complete the added endorsement requirements during 1½ years and the Academic Certificate within one year.

Due to the concentrated nature of the programs, students are expected to attend all class sessions.  Any exceptions should be negotiated with the individual instructor.

How do the mentoring aspects of the program work?

Each degree and endorsement candidate will be assigned to a mentor.  The mentor is a MAE graduate and an experienced process classroom teacher who will work with the candidate throughout his/her program.  At seminar sessions, candidates share ideas and provide support for one another.  The mentor guides and supports the candidate through the CAP Review process.

Who teaches the courses?

Instructors in the MAE program are highly-qualified, experienced educators and leaders in their fields. All hold a master’s or doctoral degree and are selected for their ability to blend academic theory with practical classroom application. MAE instructors are committed to academic excellence and providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in their classrooms and their careers.

How much does the MAE program cost?

Please refer to the Regis College cost of attendance website page for MAE program costs.

Registration confirmations and invoices are mailed to students and payment must be made at least one week prior to the first week of the course. Refer to Regis University Student Accounts for specific dates.

When are the courses offered? How are the classes scheduled?

Courses in the MAE program are tailored to meet the needs of working teachers. Classes are offered during the school year in the evenings and some weekends. Summer classes are offered in an intensive block format.

View the "Course Schedule & Registration" tab on this page for more information.

Where are the classes held?

Classes generally meet on the Regis University (Lowell) campus in North Denver. Parking is free and within walking distance of the classrooms. Some classes may be held off-campus in a school district or other Regis satellite campus.

What is a CAP review?

CAP stands for Culminating Academic Program Review (CAP Review). During an oral presentation to a panel, candidates demonstrate their growth and changes to their teaching practices through a synthesis of their beliefs as related to current theories and research. Mentor support is provided for the candidate throughout the CAP Review preparation. The CAP Review takes place the semester following completion of the Master’s coursework or concurrently with the Endorsement coursework.

What is expected from students in the MAE program?

MAE students are expected to:

  • Demonstrate ethical behavior.
  • Design and implement integrated curricula for their unique educational community, building upon research and concepts presented throughout the program.
  • Assimilate experiences and learning in a developmental portfolio to be used in preparing and presenting their Culminating Academic Program Review.
  • Practice on-going self-reflection to enhance learning and growth opportunities.

Successful attainment of these student expectations is formally evaluated as part of each mentor support seminar.

Can I transfer in credits from other institutions?

Transfer credit may be awarded for graduate-level coursework from colleges and universities that are accredited by a regional association in which a grade of “B” or better was earned.

Courses that are transferred into a candidate‘s MAE degree plan must align with or equate to existing courses in the MAE program in both underlying philosophy and content and/or must expand/support student‘s teaching position. Substitutions for core courses must have director approval. A course syllabus must accompany each course transfer request. Six semester hours of transfer credit may be requested depending on program emphasis.

How do I send for official transcripts?

For acceptance into the MAE program you must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities from which you earned credit. This would include teacher certification (if different), other degrees conferred, and graduate credit. Transcripts must be submitted by the institution directly to our office, and may not be an unofficial transcript issued to the student.

For Regis University and Loretto Heights graduates only: The MAE office will obtain your transcript from the Regis University Registrar’s office. Therefore, please do not submit a transcript request form to the Registrar. There is no charge for this service.

Send official transcripts to:
Regis University
Office of Admissions
Mail Code P-28
3333 Regis Blvd. 
Denver, CO 80221-1099

Or, submit electronic transcripts to sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu. See the "Apply Now" tab for official transcript instructions.

How do I contact someone in the MAE program?

The MAE office number is 303.458.4349 and the MAE email is mae@regis.edu. If you have specific questions related to applying or admission into the program, please contact the Office of Admissions at 800.944.7667 or ruadmissions@regis.edu.

Course Registration

All students in the Master of Arts in Education program are required to register for courses through the MAE office.  Preferably, use the registration form above and either mail, email mgavitt@regis.edu or fax at 303.964.5534 to MAE by the deadline date in your course offerings for the semester.

Early registration will ensure that you are able to register for your desired course and section. To add a class after the registration deadline, please do so as soon as possible and preferably no later than one week prior to the course start date.  Instructors will send out syllabi, book requirements and other course information prior to the start of class.  On-line information for courses will also be posted. If you are a new student, you must set up your RegisNet account. Be prepared to start the first day of class.

Classes are offered on a variable schedule and are fairly condensed therefore it is very important that you arrive to class on time and attend all classes. Please check your work and personal schedule carefully prior to registration.

Notify the MAE office immediately if you must drop a course. The allowable drop period typically ends one week after the first class meeting date. For questions, call the MAE office at 303.458.4349.  You must drop the course within the allowed time or you will be required to submit a Regis University withdrawal form on-line and you will be responsible for pro-rated tuition for the course. (If this becomes necessary, contact MAE immediately for withdrawal instructions. Tuition responsibility is contingent on the date your online withdrawal form is processed).

Do not hesitate to contact us about registration questions, preferably by email at mgavitt@regis.edu. MAE will respond through your Regis email account.

Cost of Attendance

View the Cost of Attendance website page for more information regarding program costs. The tuition, fees, and other charges for the MAE program are good-faith projections for the academic year. They are, however, subject to change from one academic term to the next as deemed necessary by the University in order to meet its financial commitments and to fulfill its role and mission.

Financial aid may be available. Students are urged to call Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 or 1.800.388.2366 Ext. 4126 with questions, concerns, and application procedures.

Scholarship Opportunity

Kathleen S. Nutting Master of Arts in Education Director Emeritus Award

In recognition of her 15 years of service as the director of the Master of Arts in Education (MAE) Program in Regis College, the faculty, staff and students wish to honor Ms. Kathleen S. Nutting for her commitment and contributions by establishing a scholarship in her name. The scholarship was established upon her retirement from the program in summer 2013 and is primarily funded through private donations from alumni, faculty and friends of the MAE program.

The focus of the scholarship is to support underrepresented populations of teachers in various aspects of the field. The aim is to increase opportunities for male teachers to be represented at primary levels, more female teachers in STEM areas and more teachers of color in teacher leadership.

Recipients must be enrolled as a graduate student in Regis College, MAE Department in a Master's Degree or Endorsement program, and must demonstrate financial need.

Application must be submitted by July 18, 2014 via e-mail.

Download the application here.

For more information about the scholarship contact:
Ms. Colleen Ceyssens
Master of Arts in Education


View our latest newsletter for current updates and happenings in the program.

Contact Us

To request more information about the Master of Arts in Education or LDL/Bilingual Endorsement programs, please call 303.458.4349 or 800.388.2366 ext. 4349. You may also contact our team via Email.

Regis College - Master of Arts in Education
Carroll Hall Room 115
Mail - Mail Code H-20
3333 Regis Boulevard
Denver, CO 80221
Phone - 303.458.4349
Toll Free - 800.388.2366 ext. 4349

Master of Arts in Education Staff

Karla Esser, director

Marjorie Gavitt, administrative coordinator

Colleen Ceyssens, graduate enrollment counselor

Myra Decker, administrative assistant