The Special Education Generalist Endorsement incorporates licensure standards for special education generalist within the secondary, elementary, or K-12 licensure coursework. Successful completion of an Elementary, Secondary, or K-12 Licensure sequence in addition to the following courses may qualify a student to be recommended for a Special Education Generalist Endorsement in the State of Colorado. Students must complete their general education licensure requirements in addition to the following courses:
|Special Education Practicum
|Collaboration and Partnerships
|Methods & Strategies- Special Education
|Social and Behavioral Interventions
The Committee on Teacher Education of Regis (COTER) develops the policies of the program and regulates the admission, retention, and recommendation of students for licensure. To qualify for admission into the Traditional Undergraduate Teacher Education Program, students must satisfy the following requirements:
- University entrance requirements.
- All students enrolled in ED 204 Foundations of Ed for Diverse Learners must complete a background check prior to beginning fieldwork in schools.
- Completion of the COTER Screening form and the COTER acceptance process.
- An overall grade point average of at least a 3.000 on a 4.000 scale for prior college work in all subjects. Upper division students and graduates of other institutions are evaluated and accepted/rejected on an individual basis.
- Successful completion of ED 204 Foundations of Ed for Diverse Learners, ED 306 Assessment of Learning, ED 401 Introduction to Special Education and ED 485 Strategies TESOL/TEFL/CLD or the equivalent with a grade of “B-” or higher.
- Fingerprinting and national background check in accordance with CDE and school district policies.
- A student must be able to demonstrate a level of acceptable proficiency in oral language, by completing a college course in basic speech with a grade of “B” or higher.
- Students must have completed RCC 200 First Year Writing or an equivalent composition course with a grade of “C+” or higher.
- Transfer students: No upper division education coursework may be transferred into Regis College without the advance written approval of the department chair. Transfer students must complete predetermined coursework prior to student teaching, to include either elementary or secondary methods courses. All students must also be registered for ED 380E-W Field Experiencethe semester prior to student teaching.
- COTER considers each candidate’s qualifications for admission into the teacher education program. After reviewing these qualifications, the Committee takes appropriate action, which may include admission, rejection, or provisional acceptance.
- COTER may also place admitted students on probation. Students will have two semesters to resolve the terms of their probation. Probationary students will not be allowed to advance to student teaching.
- No one is permitted to enter the methods block in the Junior year until all requirements for acceptance into the program have been met.
- Fieldwork required in the various courses must be successfully completed and positive fieldwork evaluations earned as part of the course.
- After admittance into a Traditional Undergraduate Teacher Education Program, students must successfully proceed through the program and meet COTER requirements for advancement and licensure.
- Students will be placed in student teaching assignments by the Education Department Placement Coordinator according to a variety of criteria including growth needs of students. Placements will be in the Denver Metro area and provide the student with frequent mentoring by their Regis College Supervisor.
Program Probation Policy
Students must maintain a GPA of 3.000 in all education coursework to continue in good standing. Student may be placed on program probationary status for the following reasons:
- GPA falls below 3.00;
- Unsatisfactory performance during fieldwork;
- Unsatisfactory performance during academic courses;
- Issues regarding professionalism (attitude and behaviors displayed in class and in fieldwork experiences as noted in the Disposition of Teaching document)
Requirements for Advancement to Student Teaching
- A cumulative grade point average of 3.00 must be maintained, secondary students must also maintain a 3.00 in content major.
- A grade of “B” or higher in methods classes, including the reading courses, ED 403A Rdng Inst & Assmnt for Elem Educators for elementary and ED 403B Disciplinary Literacy for secondary.
- A cumulative GPA of 3.000 or higher is required in all education coursework for teacher licensure at Regis University.
- Successful completion of all assigned fieldwork will be determined by completion of required hours, evaluation by cooperating teacher and Dispositions of Teaching. Four sections of ED 380E-W Field Experience—Field Experience in Schools must be completed for licensure.
- Praxis II exam must be passed prior to application for student teaching.
- All students must be registered for ED 380E-W Field Experience the semester prior to student teaching.
- Students must submit an application to student teach which includes a completed resume, TB test and proof of liability insurance.
Requirements for Recommendation for Licensure
- Successful completion of student teaching.
- Continued evidence of effective communication skills, teacher competencies, and characteristics.
- Successful completion of graduation requirements.
- Successful completion of the State mandated assessment in program content.
- Completion of Regis College Teacher Work Sample and Portfolio, including Teacher Quality Standards proficient level.
- Should the student successfully complete these requirements, COTER may recommend that the Regis representative officially approved by the Colorado Department of Education sign the student’s application for state licensure.
- The committee reserves the right to withhold recommendation for licensure based on deficiencies in any of the dispositions or behaviors listed or in any of the requirements of the program.