About the Program
APU’s Mild/Moderate Disabilities Education Specialist (K–12) Preliminary Credential, Intern suits candidates with current full-time teaching contracts. 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 four to six weeks of clinical practice as placed by the Office of Credentials and Student Placements.
Candidates who are enrolled in the Intern track must complete a minimum of 15 units of coursework. Course waivers must be reviewed and approved by the program director before a candidate is allowed to complete less than the total coursework required for the credential. Admittance to the program is required before the director will review the waiver forms.
Candidates are strongly encouraged to complete their credential coursework and requirements before starting their master’s coursework. Candidates should apply for their credential through the Credential Analysts’ Office once all requirements are met. Contact a credential analyst at (626) 815-5346.
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 12–18 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. Small class sizes increase opportunity for individual attention from expert faculty, making the education experience both relevant and personal.