About the Program
Azusa Pacific University’s 2042 Single-Subject Teaching Credential Program prepares teachers for positions at the middle and high school levels (6–12), and Pre-K–12 specialists in art, music, and physical education. The program, approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), is comprised of specific preprofessional and professional course requirements, accompanied by practical classroom application in middle schools and high schools. 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.
This program track, tailored to the working professional with subject-matter competence, offers classes at the Azusa campus and selected regional centers throughout Southern California. Upon completion, the credential candidate will have earned both a 2042 Preliminary Single-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.
Designed for candidates already teaching in the field, the program combines the curricula of the credential and master’s programs to deliver a unique educational package. More than 170 California districts cooperate in the program, meeting the needs of public school teachers on intern credentials, as well as those teaching in private schools. (Not a full-time teacher? Check out our Track A Program. )
All single-subject teachers receive certification to teach in a specific content area through their subject-matter competence, which is achieved either through their subject-matter program or passage of CSET tests. In addition, to further prepare themselves as highly marketable educators, single-subject candidates are encouraged to obtain a supplemental authorization along with their credential. This optional addition to the credential program authorizes educators, through additional coursework in another NCLB-approved specific content area, to teach additional subjects if called upon to do so. For requirements and criteria regarding supplemental authorizations, please contact one of the credential analysts.
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.
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.