M.Ed. – K-12 Special Education (Licensure)

School of Education

The Master of Education in K-12 Special Education (with licensure) is an online program with some face-to-face components designed for individuals seeking K-12 teacher licensure with endorsement in special education as well as current special educators seeking further training. Coursework is taught from a Christian perspective and will increase your understanding of special education laws and introduce you to best practices in disability services, teaching gifted students, addressing behavior disorders and using assistive technology. Expand as a leader and advocate as you position yourself for career success.

  • Understand characteristics of students with disabilities and how to manage behaviors and train in social skills.
  • Explore language acquisition, reading tools, instructional methods and data-driven assessment techniques.
  • Apply all of the Virginia Department of Education competencies and skills required for state licensure.
  • Optional Reading Specialist endorsement and/or Working with Autistic Children certificate are available.

Career Opportunities:

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Special Education Consultation

Delivery Format: Online

Total Credit Hours Required: 42

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

Application Process – Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

Step 1: Application & Application Fee
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

Pay the $50 application fee online during the application process.

Fee Waiver: Attend a graduate School of Education on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources and waive your $50 application fee

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Step 2: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts*
We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript from a U.S.-based school, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor's degree program, in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SOE Master's Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University's Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution, which indicate successful completion of a bachelor's degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

Step 3: Complete Your Admissions Survey
In lieu of the previously required writing sample, please complete a brief admissions survey based on your professional goals and interests. This should only take a few minutes to complete but please answer the questions completely and thoughtfully. This gives us a better opportunity to get to know you and align your objects with our programs. The admissions survey can be found here. Once completed, it will be sent directly to an enrollment counselor who will be in touch with you right away to help complete the rest of your application.

Step 4: VCLA & Praxis Scores
The following assessments meet the requirement for the prescribed test for entry into a Virginia teacher preparation program. Please choose from one of the following options and submit passing scores directly to Regent University. Regent ETS code: 5135

  • Option 1: Passing the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) (Reading and Writing) individually or with a composite score of 470 AND passing the Praxis I-Mathematics(10730/5730) individually with a score of 178 (if taken on or prior to December 31, 2013) or the new Praxis Core-Mathematics (5732) individually with a score of 150 (if taken on or after January 1, 2014).
  • Option 2: On or prior to December 31, 2013, passing the Praxis I (Reading-178, Writing-176, Mathematics-178 or Composite-532). On or after January 1, 2014, passing the new Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Reading-156, Writing-162, and Mathematics-150).
  • Option 3: Qualifying SAT or ACT scores
    • The VDOE board has approved the following scores:
      • SAT taken prior to April 1, 1995 — a score of 1000 on the SAT with at least 450 on the verbal and 510 on the mathematics test
      • SAT taken after April 1, 1995 — a score of 1100 on the SAT with at least 530 on the verbal and 530 on the mathematics test
      • ACT taken prior to April 1, 1995 — a composite score of 21 with the ACT mathematics score no less than 21 and an ACT English Plus Reading score no less than 37
      • ACT taken after April 1, 1995 — a composite score of 24 with the ACT mathematics score no less than 22 and an ACT English Plus Reading score no less than 46
    • You may request your scores to be sent to Regent via the following sites.

For additional information on the admissions assessments into Virginia approved programs, visit:http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/educator_preparation/college_programs/entry_assessment.pdf

Step 5: Admissions Interview
If an interview is necessary, the admissions office will contact you to schedule an appointment. The interview can be conducted on campus or over the phone and typically takes about 20 minutes.

Important Information 

Background Check: In addition other program requirements, there are several requirements that students in initial licensure programs must satisfy because the program includes direct contact with students in field experiences. One of these requirements is a background check. Regent University School of Education has entered into an agreement with Certified Background/Castle Branch (CB), a private vendor that conducts background checks for many universities and educational institutions. After you are admitted into the program, you will be provided instructions to set up an online profile with Certified Background and request your background check. Learn more.

First Aid, CPR, AED Training: Documentation that verifies completion of certification or training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of automated external defibrillators (AED). The certification or training program shall be based on the current national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator, such as a program developed by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.

Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is:

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour
Master of Education (M.Ed.) $575

Student Fees

Fee Amount
Library Orientation $50
Blackboard Orientation $50
Technology Fee $300 per semester
Parking Fee (On-Campus Students) $100 per semester
Council of Graduate Students Fee $15 for spring & fall semester

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.


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