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Accelerated Teaching Degree

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies is an innovative accelerated teaching degree program designed to help prospective elementary school and special education teachers complete their bachelor's degree while gaining valuable subject matter preparation for a successful teaching career.

For students interested in completing their degree online, APU also offers the Online Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies.

This liberal studies program makes it easy to reach your goal of becoming an educator. It accommodates experienced adult learners, many of whom are working in classrooms as paraeducators, and draws upon their rich experiences in school settings. The B.A. in Liberal Studies is designed specifically for adults who have at least 60 semester units of transferable college credit and want to earn a degree while on the job.

Read more about the on-campus liberal studies program.

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Program Highlights

APS Accreditation

In addition to receiving accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), APU's School of Education also stands as one of only three private schools in California accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), which means APU credential preparation programs enjoy recognition throughout the United States and internationally.

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University continues to be recognized annually among the nation’s best colleges, landing in the most prestigious category of U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2014 rankings (Tier One, No. 173), and being named 1 of 124 institutions in The Princeton Review’s Best Western Colleges 2014.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.