About the School of Education

The School of Education is a large configuration comprising 3 departments and more than 25 programs within the departments. The professional preparation programs that offer credentials in K–12 areas of specialization are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The Department of Educational Leadership offers a doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.).

The teacher education master's degrees with embedded credential programs prepare individuals to meet the needs of all children and youth enrolled in California’s public and private schools. Prospective and experienced classroom teachers and individuals seeking to serve as counselors and administrative personnel will discover professionally challenging preparation programs at Azusa Pacific. Each of these programs provides a rigorous academic curriculum that reflects the university’s mission to integrate academic excellence with advancing the work of God.

All education degrees within the school are demanding and intellectually challenging, yet flexible and student centered. Creative scheduling allows professionals engaged in evolving careers to enroll in graduate courses taught by highly qualified faculty and held on APU’s Azusa campus and at conveniently located regional campuses.

Accreditation and Membership

APU’s School of Education values the importance of developing programs of distinction and academic integrity. This attention to excellence has earned the school notable accreditations and has been guided by the school’s Conceptual Framework. The university is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), and SOE is also accredited by California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Additionally, APU’s Master of Arts in Education: Educational Psychology and Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in School Psychology program is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Meeting these accreditations enables APU to prepare educators for new, more rigorous state licensing, and sets graduates apart from other candidates on a global scale. When you graduate from an APU program, you graduate with the ability to function in the education arena with confidence, serving as a valued asset to your organization.

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.