About the Program
The current shortage of special education teachers creates a growing demand for educators with this credential. APU now offers a Professional Clear Credential in special education for the teaching of mild/moderate disabled students (K–12).
APU candidates prepare to work in schools as teachers and 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 of fulfillment of these professional standards.
The program is offered in two distinct tracks to accommodate educators from various points of entry. The Preliminary Credential offers Track A for those without a full-time teaching contract; Track B is for the currently contracted teacher. Students must see an advisor for proper placement in tracks with this credential program. Course content is application oriented, enabling students to take what they learn in the evening and use it in their classroom the next day.
Recognizing that graduate students come with divergent professional goals and differing educational needs, Azusa Pacific University offers various paths toward the pursuit of credentials and degrees in education. For a limited number of individuals eager to pursue a Master of Arts degree and a credential program concurrently, the Master of Arts in Education: Special Education and the Mild to Moderate Disabilities Specialist Internship Credential (K–12), Track B presents an efficient educational package.
The Master of Arts in Education: Special Education provides the tools to make solid contributions in the special needs classrooms. The instruction and coursework come from a distinctly Christian perspective, leading to a compassionate, caring, and ethical approach to teaching.
The Mild to Moderate Disabilities Specialist Internship Credential, Track B is designed for currently contracted special education teachers who are working full time. Because much of the coursework for this credential is embedded in the Master of Arts in Education: Special Education, many students opt to pursue both the degree and the credential simultaneously. Those who do, render themselves highly marketable and eagerly recruited.
The combined degree and credential programs are restrictive and faculty advisement and an admissions interview are required prior to enrollment in the program. The combined program is not appropriate for an individual serving on an Emergency, Pre-Intern, or Intern Credential with an urgent need to complete a Preliminary Credential in one year. A combined program may require more than one academic year.
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 18–24 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.