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 Teaching Credential and Master of Arts in Education: Teaching 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 candidates an alternative format in which to earn their teaching credential. Conducted entirely at a school campus, the credential program can be completed in one school year. Candidates enrolled in the PDS program become part of the 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. PDS program cohorts are based in Azusa.
For more information on the Professional Development School Credential program, please contact Program Director Janine Ezaki, M.A., at (626) 387-5435 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Small class sizes increase opportunity for individual attention from expert faculty, making the education experience both relevant and personal.