Application Process - Special Education (M.Ed.)
Scroll down to review each portion of the application process, or use the links below to go directly to a specific step.
- Step 1: Application and Application Fee
- Step 2: Official Transcripts
- Step 3: Writing Sample
- Step 4: VCLA & Praxis Scores
- Step 5: Admissions Interview
- Important Information - Background Check
*Additional pieces may be required by the admissions committee.
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application. Pay the $50 application fee online during the application process.
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.
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An official transcript indicating successful completion of a bachelor's degree program is required. We are excited to offer you the service of requesting transcripts on your behalf using our Transcript Request Form*. Additional transcripts may be requested on a case-by-case basis.
* Please be aware that it usually takes about one month to process a Transcript Request Form and receive a transcript from the issuing institution. However, it may take longer in some situations. It is ultimately the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all transcripts are received by Regent University. With this timeline in mind, we do not suggest using this service within one (1) month of a term start date unless you have submitted unofficial transcripts in addition to your Transcript Request Form.
Writing samples are evaluated using the ETS Criterion Service. Please submit your writing sample using the directions below.
- Visit http://criterion.ets.org.
- Click "Create Account."
- Fill in your account information (Access Code: 26KP - QM6A).
- Click "Submit."
- Click "OK."
- Fill in your new User Name and Password under "Returning User."
- Click "Sign In."
- Click "School of Education" under "Classes."
- Choose the "Assignments" tab.
- Choose one of the three writing sample topics provided by clicking on "Start Response." You will be provided with the question pertaining to the topic once you begin the timer for the essay.
- Click "OK" to acknowledge you are ready to begin your writing sample.
- Read the instructions for submitting your essay. Please keep in mind that you have 40 minutes to complete your writing sample and the timer begins as soon as you click "Start Response." You will receive a warning when there are 10 minutes remaining on the timer.
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 scores 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.
- The VDOE board has approved the following scores:
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
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.
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.
Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.