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What You'll Learn

Candidates for the Online M.A.Ed. in Special Education and Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist (K–12) Preliminary Credential, Intern learn research-proven instructional strategies designed to make them effective educators in the special needs classroom and program provides the training and experiences that lead to confident, competent, and compassionate care of persons with disabilities.

The special education 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.

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 4–6 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 should apply for their credential through the Credential Analysts’ Office once all requirements are met. Please call (626) 815-5346.

Designed for the Working Professional

At APU, we understand the challenges of earning your degree while juggling work, family, and other commitments. Our programs are designed to make attending Azusa Pacific simple, so you can reach your educational goals.

Flexible Format

The dynamic online format of this program offers students the flexibility of taking courses when and where it works best for them. Students benefit from courses designed to maximize their interaction with other students and professors, creating a rich learning community. For many, the online format is the easiest, most convenient way to balance work, school, and family.

Convenient Schedule

The Online M.A.Ed. in Special Education and Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist (K–12) Preliminary Credential, Intern offers students a sequenced course design designed to be completed through nine-week terms. Candidates take courses with the same peers throughout the program.

Time Commitment

While you do not need to be online during a specific timeframe, you should plan to be online 6–10 hours per week per unit to successfully complete assignments and participate in discussions.

All online degree programs include a two-week online orientation prior to the start of the first class. This offers you a chance to become familiar with the online format as you engage with helpful tutorials.

Graduate online programs follow APU's Graduate Academic Calendar with most courses offered in nine-week terms.

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.