Master of Arts in Education Introduction

The Master of Arts in Education Program is primarily designed for licensed teachers (K-12) who desire to learn in a collaborative, reflective, and challenging environment through experiences that develop their capabilities as leaders in the education profession.

The MAELD program includes required credit hours for a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) Endorsement (21-23 semester hours) and a LDE Certificate (12 semester hours). The Master of Arts in Education programs are designed to provide continued depth of knowledge incorporating current research and practices in the field of education for the licensed teacher. Completion of these programs does not lead to licensure as a public school teacher in the State of Colorado with the exception of the Graduate Teacher Licensure program which does lead to teacher licensure. Please refer to that specific section in the Regis College section of this catalog for further information.


M.A. In Education

  • A baccalaureate degree and proof of current teacher licensure as a pre-K, elementary, secondary or K-12 teacher.
  • Submission of official transcripts for all degree bearing college/university coursework.
  • An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.750 from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution. Earned graduate credits may be considered in the GPA requirement as approved by the Program Director.
  • A minimum of one year teaching experience in either public or private schools in any grade, pre-K through grade 12. Exceptions must be approved by the MAE Program Director.
  • Access to Multilingual Learners (MLLs) for on-going application of program concepts.
  • A complete Regis University application. All documents submitted during the application process become the property of Regis University.

Application Deadline

Applications for admission are accepted throughout the year. Early application prior to the desired starting date is encouraged.

Returning Students

The MAE Program is designed to allow flexibility in the completion of the course of study. Those who step out of the program and wish to return may do so within one year without an interview with the Program Director. After a one year absence, a student must have an interview with the Program Director to review degree goals and to outline steps to be taken for continuing in the program. The student may be required to complete a new application to the program.

Provisional Admission

Students who do not meet all academic admission criteria but demonstrate promise for the program may be admitted on a provisional basis. Under the provisional status, students must attain a grade of “B” or higher on the first nine hours of graduate course work or successfully complete designated requirements. A grade of “B-” or lower is not acceptable. Successful completion of the requirements removes the provisional status and may entitle students to good academic standing.

Students who do not meet the writing proficiency requirement are required to successfully complete a writing course.


The MAE Program is distinguished by a faculty drawn largely from the ranks of practicing education professionals. The program’s fundamental instructional philosophy is that eminently qualified master teachers practicing constructivist learning theory in classrooms are actively involved in the program as instructors.


Because of the concentrated nature of the program, students are expected to attend every class session. Any exceptions to this statement should be negotiated with the Program Director and individual instructors. Absences may result in a lower grade.

Course Load/Overload

Six semester hours constitute a full load for fall or spring semesters. Nine semester hours constitute a full load in the summer. Students wishing to carry more than the full load must present a formal written request for overload to the Program Director prior to the beginning of the class.

Transfer Credit

Information regarding graduate level transfer policy can be found in the General Information section of this catalog under the heading ‘Transfer Credit’
Courses that are transferred into a candidate’s Regis University Master of Arts in Education (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. No course may be transferred in to take the place of a Core course without Program Director approval. A course syllabus must accompany each course transfer request.