About the Program
Azusa Pacific University’s 2042 Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential Program prepares teachers for positions at the elementary and middle school levels (K–8). The program, approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), is comprised of specific methods courses which are accompanied by practical classroom-application field experiences in both primary and upper-elementary school assignments.
All coursework and instruction is delivered from a distinctly Christian perspective, instilling in each candidate a strong foundation of ethics, compassion, and teaching competency. Individualized attention is emphasized throughout the program giving candidates the invaluable advantage of a personalized education.
Upon completion, the credential candidate will have earned both a 2042 Preliminary Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential and a Master of Arts in Education: Teaching. The master’s degree is earned after the candidate has completed all requirements for the Preliminary Credential and program coursework. This is a 2042 preliminary credential with ELL authorization.
Candidates who possess an accredited bachelor’s degree, subject-matter competency, and full-time teaching employment may be eligible for APU’s innovative Multiple-Subject Internship Teaching Credential/Master of Arts in Education: Teaching and Multiple-Subject Internship Teaching Credential Program. Designed for candidates already teaching in the field, the program combines curricula of the credential and master’s programs to deliver a unique educational package. More than 150 California districts cooperate in the program, meeting the needs of public school teachers on intern credentials, as well as those teaching in private schools.
With program requirements and class times tailored to the working adult, APU's School of Education programs fit your schedule.
- Classes meet one night a week for nine weeks.
- Each class lasts approximately four hours.
- Students should not take more than two courses (6 units) per term.
- It takes most working individuals 18–24 months to finish the program, depending on requirements.
- Six-week summer sessions are available.
Professional Development School Credential Program
APU’s Professional Development School (PDS) Credential Program offers students an alternative format in which to earn their multiple-subject teaching credential. Conducted entirely at Azusa Unified School District’s Hodge Elementary School, the credential program can be completed in just one year. Students enrolled in the PDS become a part of the Hodge Elementary School community as they engage in fieldwork, student teaching, and courses onsite. Expert faculty combined with a supportive cohort structure make for a high quality, meaningful credential program. For more information on the Professional Devlopment School Credential Program, contact Program Director Greg Kaiser, Ph.D., at (626) 387-5435 or email@example.com.
Aspiring and veteran educators from a variety of backgrounds pursue their graduate degree at APU. Most are adult students seeking to enhance their professional development, while others enter the program as a step toward a career change. Our student population comprises approximately 60 percent women and 40 percent men. Small class sizes increase opportunity for individual attention from expert faculty, making the education experience both relevant and personal.