What You'll Learn
Candidates for the Online M.A.Ed. in Special Education and Moderate/Severe Disabilities Specialist Credential, Preliminary Track B learn research-proven instructional strategies designed to make them effective educators in the special needs classroom and program provides the training and experiences that lead to confident, competent, and compassionate care of persons with disabilities.
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.
Note: Those completing the preliminary Track B must complete a minimum of 15 units in residence at APU which must include Clinical Experience (SPED 585 (not found in course database)). 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. Please call (626) 815-5346.
Designed for the Working Professional
At APU, we understand the challenges of earning your degree while juggling work, family, and other commitments. Our programs are designed to make attending Azusa Pacific simple, so you can reach your educational goals.
The dynamic online format of this program offers students the flexibility of taking courses when and where it works best for them. Students benefit from courses designed to maximize their interaction with other students and professors, creating a rich learning community. For many, the online format is the easiest, most convenient way to balance work, school, and family.
The Online M.A.Ed. in Special Education and Moderate/Severe Disabilities Specialist Credential, Preliminary Track B offers students a sequenced course design designed to be completed through nine-week terms. Candidates take courses with the same peers throughout the program.
While you do not need to be online during a specific timeframe, you should plan to be online 6–10 hours per week per unit to successfully complete assignments and participate in discussions.
All online programs include a two-week online orientation prior to the start of the first class. This offers you a chance to become familiar with the online format as you engage with helpful tutorials.
Graduate online programs follow APU's Graduate Academic Calendar with most courses offered in nine-week terms.