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Teaching Refresher

Azusa Pacific University’s Clear Credential Induction program comprises 12 units offered as four nine-week practicum courses completed in the participating teacher’s own classroom or through fieldwork. Candidates earn this credential in four, separate nine-week terms.

This teaching refresher focuses on the complexity of teaching and learning in California classrooms, and is tailored to meet the needs of individual teachers, providing opportunities to review teaching practices, gain expert feedback, and refresh their approach to the classroom.

Required Induction Program Courses

EDUC 600
Practicum Instructional Planning and Classroom Management
EDUC 601
Practicum Assessment and Diagnostic Instruction
EDUC 602
Practicum Teaching Special Populations
EDUC 603
Practicum Using Community Resources to Reduce the Achievement Gap
Total12 units

Candidates can clear both credentials concurrently from a menu of options that requires an Individual Induction Plan (IIP).

Development and Administration of the Individual Induction Plan (IIP)

The Individual Induction Plan (IIP) is developed in consultation with the candidate, employer (optional), and APU academic advisor. The IIP identifies and addresses individual candidate needs, college or university requirements, consultations and other activities with a district-assigned service provider, APU advisor, and assessment of the plan’s completion.

Support Activities

Consultations will be provided with an assigned service provider from the candidate’s district, or an APU advisor to be established during the IIP process, who will meet periodically with the candidate.

A verified successful completion of a minimum of two years of teaching experience in a full-time special education position or the equivalent (verified by Form CL-41 EXP, signed by the district’s director of human resources) in a public school or private school equivalent status while holding the Level I or Preliminary Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Credential is optional. An unemployed candidate will work with an APU advisor to develop an appropriate plan to be approved by the university’s IIP Review Team.

Individual Induction Plan: Menu of Options

The clear induction process requires that the candidate complete a minimum of 3 units selected from the menu of options, and the CTC requires 180 hours of professional development. The 180 hours may consist of either coursework (up to 12 units), professional development, or a combination of coursework plus professional activities (Note: 3 units = 45 hours). The IIP may include other professional development activities sponsored by organizations other than APU. Completion of approved non-university activities may be included in the Clear Induction IIP. BTSA can account for 20 hours of professional development.

Academic Requirements

NOTE: Candidates may not begin Clear Induction coursework until the above steps are completed and the admission requirements are met. Level I candidates who opt for the Clear Credential must complete the following requirements:

Complete the core courses plus other experiences as defined below:

SPED 582
Theories of Learning and Research in Disabilities Studies
SPED 581
Historical and Philosophical Perspectives of Disabilities Studies
SPED 583
Current Trends in Curriculum and Disabilities Studies
Guided Research Project: Procedures
Guided Research Project: Findings

Areas of Emphasis

Candidates for the Clear Credential choose one area of emphasis in which to complete their clear credential coursework.

Emotional Disturbance (Behavior Analysis)
Prerequisite: SPED 503 is required for this emphasis.
SPED 504
Introduction to Behavior Analysis in Applied Settings
SPED 514
Advanced Behavior Analysis in Applied Settings
SPED 524
Advanced Topical Study: Applications and Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis
SPED 534
Single-case Designs: Measurement and Experimental Evaluation of Behavior
Bilingual Special Education Strategies
SPED 511
Language Development for All Students
SPED 513
Literacy and Math Prescriptives with Assistive Technology
SPED 532
Bilingual Special Education
SPED 536
Rtl/Brain-based Teaching and Learning: Reading and Written Language Arts Disorders
– plus –
SPED 509
Technology in Special Education
SPED 547
Implementation of Special Education Legislation
Autism Spectrum Disorders
SPED 503
Behavior Support to Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
SPED 512
Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Theory to Practice
SPED 522
Collaboration and Communication Skills of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
SPED 542
Meeting the Academic Needs of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Resource Specialist (RSP)
SPED 546
Resource Specialist Communication Skills
SPED 547
Implementation of Special Education Legislation
SPED 548
Staff Development and Parent Education Techniques
SPED 549
Supervised Field Experience: Resource Specialist

Admission Requirements

Additional Requirements for Track A (non-contracted teacher)

Additional Requirements for Track B (contracted teacher)

Additional Requirements for Track C (clearing general education and special education credential)

All classes are offered online. During the program, credential candidates are required to attend two campus meetings: an orientation at the beginning of the Clear Credential Induction program and a colloquium at the end. Candidates may enter the program during either the Fall I or Spring I session. For more information about the Clear Credential Induction program, contact:

Program Assistant
Mona Girgis

Note: This information is current for the 2013–14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.