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APU’s Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist (K–12) Preliminary Credential, Intern suits candidates with current full-time teaching contracts. Candidates can choose to earn their credential on campus or online.

The current shortage of special education teachers creates a growing demand for educators with this credential. This program prepares teacher candidates for 21st-century teaching and learning. As APU candidates prepare to work in schools as teachers, the School of Education assesses candidates from admission through recommendation of credentials in these credential standards. As a result, APU candidates are highly sought after because they fulfill these professional standards.

APU also offers a Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist (K–12) Preliminary Credential, Non-Intern for the candidate who is not teaching full-time in a K–12 school and/or who lacks subject-matter competence. Candidates must see an advisor for proper placement in tracks within this credential program.

Program Highlights

Learn more about the program coursework and our faculty.

School of Education Accreditation

Azusa Pacific University receives accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In addition, the School of Education receives accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), making APU one of only three private schools in California with this distinction. Further, our credential programs are accredited by California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Our Master of Arts in Education: Educational Psychology Program is also accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). These notable accreditations set APU graduates apart from other candidates and ensure your degree will be recognized throughout the United States and internationally.

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University continues to be recognized annually among the nation’s best colleges, landing in the most prestigious category of U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2014 rankings (Tier One, No. 173), and being named 1 of 124 institutions in The Princeton Review’s Best Western Colleges 2014.

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.