About the Program
APU's Mild/Moderate Disabilities (K–12) Specialist (Preliminary) Credential, Track B suits candidates with current full-time teaching contracts. This assignment must be verified and approved by the program director prior to course registration.
If the full-time teaching assignment does not meet the requirements for candidate teaching, or the assignment does not meet program requirements (e.g. non-WASC accredited private school), teacher candidates must contact the program director who may direct them to petition the department chair for a solution that modifies or extends their assignment to meet state and program standards. Modification involves an extra four to six weeks of clinical practice as placed by the Office of Student Services.
Note: Those who are completing a Preliminary, Track B Credential must complete a minimum of 15 units in residence at APU, including Clinical Experience SPED 575. Official waiver forms must be completed by the candidate and approved by the program director before a candidate may do less than the total coursework normally required. Waivers cannot be processed until after a candidate has been admitted to the program.
Candidates are strongly encouraged to complete their credential coursework and requirements before starting their master’s coursework. Candidates should apply for their credential through the Credential Analysts’ Office once all requirements are met. Contact a credential analyst at (626) 815-5346.
With program requirements and class times tailored to the working adult, APU's School of Education programs fit your schedule.
- Classes meet one night a week for nine weeks.
- Each class lasts approximately four hours.
- Students should not take more than two courses (6 units) per term.
- It takes most working individuals 12–18 months to finish the program, depending on requirements.
- Six-week summer sessions are available.
Aspiring and veteran educators from a variety of backgrounds pursue their graduate degree at APU. Most are adult students seeking to enhance their professional development, while others enter the program as a step toward a career change. Our student population comprises approximately 60 percent women and 40 percent men. Small class sizes increase opportunity for individual attention from expert faculty, making the education experience both relevant and personal.