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The special education master's degree and credential program contains an Intern track specifically designed for the candidate who is teaching full time in an appropriate setting in a public K–12 or private WASC- approved K–12 school. This assignment must be verified and approved by the program director prior to course registration.

This combined program offers candidates the flexibility to choose to complete their master's degree and credential on campus or online.

APU also offers a Special Education, M.A.Ed., and Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist (K–12) Preliminary Credential, Non-Intern for candidates without current full-time teaching contracts. Candidates must see an advisor for proper placement in tracks within this credential program.

Learn more about the program 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.