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

#1 Best Online Graduate Education Programs in Virginia, U.S. News & World Report, 2018

CAEP Accredited

825+ Teachers of the Year

Invest in Those Who Need It Most

Are you ready to make a lasting difference in the lives of your students? Regent's Master of Education in K-12 Special Education (Licensure) is designed for those seeking K-12 teacher licensure with endorsement in special education, as well as special educators seeking further training. Here's your chance to increase your understanding of special education laws and study best practices in disability services, teaching gifted students, addressing behavior disorders and using assistive technology.

INCREASE YOUR INFLUENCE & SALARY

Advance in leadership roles and earn a higher salary.

WIDEN YOUR JOB PROSPECTS

Enjoy rewarding opportunities in schools and communities.

UNLOCK THE FULL POTENTIAL IN CHILDREN'S LIVES

Create engaging special education environments that foster learning.

Presented from a Christian worldview, this specialty degree is supported by award-winning faculty in Virginia Beach.

Online with some face-to-face components

8-week course sessions

43+ credit hours


Online

SESSION START:

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 43+

APPROVED DEGREE PLAN: Click to download PDF

Take Your Career to the Next Level

Upon completion of this M.Ed. concentration, the graduate will be able to:

  • Understand characteristics of students with disabilities and how to manage behaviors and train in social skills.
  • Integrate 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.

Career Opportunities

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Special Education Consultant

Developing Higher Education Administrators

Click any section below for additional information

2018-2019 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester 2 weeks prior to the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

Session

Semester Check-In

Session Start Date

Session A

Wednesday, August 15

Monday, August 27

Session M

Wednesday, September 12

Monday, September 24

Session B

Wednesday, October 17

Monday, October 29

Session C

Wednesday, January 2

Monday, January 14

Session T

Wednesday, January 30

Monday, February 11

Session D

Wednesday, March 6

Monday, March 18

Session E

Wednesday, May 1

Monday, May 13

Session F

Wednesday, June 12

Monday, June 24

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 transcripts@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 Questionnaire
In lieu of the previously required writing sample, please complete a brief admissions questionnaire 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 questionnaire 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: Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Simply scan and upload a copy of your driver's license, high school ID, passport, permanent resident card or official government ID card, using our secure and convenient online tool. If you would prefer to take a picture of your government-issued ID and email that to our office, please attach your ID and email to apply@regent.edu with the subject line: Government ID.

Step 6: 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 to 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 2018-2019 academic year is:

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour
Master of Education (M.Ed.) $550 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)

 

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students) $550
Library Orientation $50 (one-time fee)
Blackboard Orientation $50 (one-time fee)

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

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

Learn more about scholarships and financial aid.

Background Checks

The School of Education requires a background check for all students who participate in a program or course assignment at a public or private setting. For more information, please contact the School of Education’s Field Placement Coordinator, Ms. Brenda Vaughn.

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