At a Glance

Program units


Average completion time

4–6 months

Cost per unit


Base cost





*Base Cost (cost per unit x program units) is provided to aid in program comparison only.

All stated financial information is subject to change. View additional tuition information.

Clear Credential

Those who successfully complete the Preliminary Credential and are employed have 120 days to begin work on their Professional Clear Credential. Candidates can choose to earn their clear credential on campus or online. A Change of Program Form must be submitted in order to be admitted and advised for the Individual Induction Plan (IIP) process. During this advisement, the IIP is developed and permission is given to register for Clear Credential coursework.

Note: Those in the credential/master’s programs are allowed to continue with their master’s coursework while they are completing their Clear Credential program.

Program Highlights

  • Flexible program schedules allow students to take classes online, or just one night a week while earning their credential.
  • Expert faculty offer quality instruction grounded in a Christian worldview, creating a relevant program that enables students to make a difference in their classrooms.
  • Small class sizes create a rich learning community as students progress through the program with a cohort of peers.

Learn more about the program coursework.

School of Education Accreditation

Azusa Pacific University receives accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In addition, the School of Education receives accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), which is transitioning to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), making APU one of only three private schools in California with this distinction. Further, our credential programs are accredited by California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Our Master of Arts in Education: Educational Psychology Program is also accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). These notable accreditations set APU graduates apart from other candidates and ensure your degree will be recognized throughout the United States and internationally.

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2016 rankings, placing in Tier One at No. 175 in the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2016 Best Colleges in the West, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2016, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their educational dreams.

Note: This information is current for the 2015-16 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. As the information pertaining to this program in the Academic Catalog is incorrect, please refer to the university website for more information.