About the Department
Azusa Pacific University offers programs approved by California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) which authorize service for elementary and secondary classrooms. Additionally, all of the programs offered in the Department of Teacher Education are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). As one of largest credential-granting private institutions in California, APU produces credentialed teachers who are professionally prepared to provide quality educational programs that effectively meet the needs of the children and youth in public and private schools, and who are heavily recruited by school districts throughout California and other states.
The Department of Teacher Education provides the training and experience needed to qualify for California’s multiple subject and single subject teaching credentials, as well as the mild/moderate and moderate/severe special education credentials.
The department also provides opportunities for educators to earn a specialized master’s degree in the fields of physical education, educational technology, gifted and talented education, or digital teaching and learning. The department’s combined programs enable candidates to earn both a master’s degree and credential.
Established in 1963, Azusa Pacific’s Teacher Education programs prepare K–12 classroom teachers who are:
- Competent—able to effectively educate and lead in the cultural, socioeconomic, and linguistic diversity of today’s educational environment
- Compassionate—committed to the care and enhancement of the individuals they teach and lead
- People of character—able to contribute to the moral and ethical development of the students and families whom they serve
Classes are small, and the credential programs are conveniently offered at various locations throughout Southern California. Check with the Department of Teacher Education for locations in which specific credential programs are offered.
APU graduates obtain jobs in public, Christian, and other private schools. Studies indicate that employment opportunities in teaching will continue to increase for both elementary and secondary teachers, particularly in the areas of math, science, Spanish, and English, as well as bilingual education.