About the Program
The special education credential program contains a Track B specifically designed for the candidate who is teaching full time in an appropriate setting in a public K–12 or private WASC-approved K–12 school. 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 4–6 weeks of clinical practice as placed by the Office of Student Services.
NOTES: Those completing the preliminary Track B must complete a minimum of 15 units in residence at APU which must include Clinical Experience SPED 585. 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 should apply for their credential through the Credential Analysts’ Office once all requirements are met. Contact (626) 815-5346 for more information.