APU's Online Moderate to Severe Disabilities (K–12) Specialist Credential, Preliminary Track A suits candidates without full-time teaching contracts. Candidates can choose to earn their credential on campus or online.
The current shortage of special education teachers creates a growing demand for educators with this credential. This program prepares teacher candidates for 21st-century teaching and learning. As APU candidates prepare to work in schools, they must know and demonstrate the content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to help all students learn. Therefore, the Department of Special Education assesses candidates from admission through recommendation of credentials in these credential standards. As a result, APU candidates are highly sought after because they fulfill these professional standards.
APU also offers an Online Moderate/Severe Disabilities (K–12) Specialist Credential, Preliminary Track B program for candidates with current full-time teaching contracts. Candidates must see an advisor for proper placement in tracks within this credential program.
- Flexible program schedules allow students to take classes online, or 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.
- Study at a top-ranked, accredited university known for quality in academics and successful graduates.