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Non-Intern Requirements

Candidates will complete the credential first, prior to deciding on a completion date for the master’s degree.

The program begins with entry in Summer II, Fall I, or Spring I term. Candidates may enter at other times with official advisement only. A maximum of eight units may be taken per term.

Module 1
TEP 506
Educational Foundations and Classroom Management (K–8)
TEP 516
Methods of Teaching Reading and Writing (K–8)
TEP 566A
Field Experience I (K–8)
Pass RICA Exam
Module 2
TEP 526
Methods of Teaching Mathematics (K–8)
TEP 556
Methods of Teaching English Language Learners (K–8)
TEP 566B
Field Experience II (K–8)
To proceed with Modules 3 and 4, candidates must apply and be cleared by the Department of Teacher Education.
Module 3
TEP 536
Methods of Teaching Science (K–8)
TEP 586
Student Teaching Seminar (K–8)
TEP 576A
Clinical Practice I (Student Teaching, K–8)
Module 4
TEP 546
Methods of Integrating the Humanities (K–8)
TEP 576B
Clinical Practice II (Student Teaching, K–8)
Additional Credential Courses
EDUC 504
Teaching and Cultural Diversity
EDUC 572
Advanced Educational Psychology
Credential Total33 units
Required Courses for Master of Arts in Education: Teaching
Core Courses6–9 units
EDUC 571
Curriculum Foundations
EDUC 572
Advanced Educational Psychology
EDUC 573
Philosophy/Ethics and History of Education
Elective - Advanced Course (select one)3 units
EDUC 505
Advanced Literacy Development
EDUC 507
Family, Community, and School Connections
EDUC 508
Assessment and Evaluation in Multicultural Classrooms
EDUC 509
Special Topics in Education
EDUC 554
Instructional Principles and Practices
EDUC 574
Current Issues in Education
Capstone Courses3 units
(To be taken after credential is completed.)
Research for Educators: Beginning Process
Research for Educators: Finish Reporting*

*Taken at the end of the master’s degree and requiring access to a classroom.

Total Units
Credential and Master’s 48 units

Note: Completion of all credential requirements, including all examinations, coursework, and other requirements, must be met before a candidate may participate in the graduation ceremony for the Master of Arts in Education: Teaching and have their degree posted.

English Language Learner Pre-service Requirement for Interns in Fall

Any Multiple Subject teaching candidate desiring to begin an internship in the fall semester must complete preservice training during the Summer II session. This summer session consists of two three-unit classes over six weeks and one English Language Learner Workshop/Pedagogy during the seventh week.

Credential Analysts

Credential analysts are liaisons between graduate education candidates, school districts, and California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). For more information, please contact (626) 815-5346.

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.