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Course Requirements

Candidates should not take more than two courses (6 units) per term.

Completion of all requirements, including all examinations and coursework, must be met before a candidate may participate in the graduation ceremony or have their master's degree posted. An Intent to Graduate Form must be completed by deadlines set by the Office of the Graduate Registrar and fees paid whether the candidate wishes to participate in the ceremony or not.

Term 1
EDUC 511
Essentials in Educational Technology and Learning
EDUC 512
Instructional Applications of Productivity Software
SPED 513
Literacy and Math Prescriptives with Assistive Technology
Term 2
EDUC 522
Learning in the 21st Century
SPED 547
Implementation of Special Education Legislation
Term 3
EDUC 514
Digital Video in the Classroom
SPED 538
Special Education Issues: Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Term 4
EDUC 515
Evolving Educational Technologies
SPED 509
Technology in Special Education
Term 5
SPED 511
Language Development for All Students
SPED 554
Advanced Study Teaching Special Populations
Term 6
EDUC 526
Capstone Experience in Educational Technology and Learning
SPED 558
Advanced Theory and Research-based Practices for Supporting Students with Disabilities
Total36 Units
Other Requirements
  • Comprehensive Exam - offered three times a year: Fall I, Spring I, and Summer
  • Submit Intent to Graduate Form to the Graduate Registrar by deadline.


Students must use a Mac or PC laptop computer that meets the minimum requirements. Contact the educational technology program director for specifications.


All School of Education degree, credential, and non-degree candidates must register for and establish an electronic portfolio account through TaskStream for the duration of their studies. The candidate’s electronic portfolio will be contributed to throughout the program of study and will include the course signature assignments and other key assessments as required by the candidate’s degree or credential program. The signature assignments are critical to program improvement efforts and to the School of Education’s continuing accreditation. A candidate’s final course grade for courses with a signature assignment cannot be submitted until all necessary assessments have been uploaded to TaskStream. Successful evaluation of the electronic portfolio is required for degree completion and/or recommendation for a credential to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

Note: Up-to-date schedule of course offerings can be found through the university’s Web portal, or with the assistance of the SPED site coordinator.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many units do I take each semester?
Students may take no more than 8 units per nine-week term, which includes a maximum of two methods or education classes and their corequisite field experiences (if appropriate).

How long is a semester?
Each semester has two terms (Fall I and Fall II, Spring I and Spring II). Each term is nine weeks in length. The 18-week student teaching semester covers Fall I and II or Spring I and II.

How many hours does each class session require?
Each class requires that students meet for approximately 4 hours and 15 minutes, once a week.

How many evenings per week do I attend classes?
Students meet one night a week for nine weeks, plus a Saturday final exam session.

Does APU require theses, dissertations, or capstone projects?
Students are required to complete a thesis/capstone project for this program.

How soon can I finish this program?
This program can be completed in a year. Depending upon the desired course load, working individuals usually finish this program in 12–18 months.

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.