About the School of Education

The School of Education is a large configuration comprising several departments and a division and more than 25 programs. The professional preparation programs that offer credentials in K–12 areas of specialization are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), which is transitioning to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

The Department of Educational Leadership offers a doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.).

The teacher education master's degrees with embedded credential programs prepare individuals to meet the needs of all children and youth enrolled in California’s public and private schools. Prospective and experienced classroom teachers and individuals seeking to serve as counselors and administrative personnel will discover professionally challenging preparation programs at Azusa Pacific. Each of these programs provides a rigorous academic curriculum that reflects the university’s mission to integrate academic excellence with advancing the work of God.

All education degrees within the school are demanding and intellectually challenging, yet flexible and student centered. Creative scheduling allows professionals engaged in evolving careers to enroll in graduate courses taught by highly qualified faculty and held on APU’s Azusa campus and at conveniently located regional campuses.

Accreditation and Membership

APU’s School of Education values the importance of developing programs of distinction and academic integrity. This attention to excellence has earned the school notable accreditations. The university is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), and School of Education programs are also approved by California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), which is transitioning to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Additionally, APU’s Master of Arts in Education: Educational Psychology and Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in School Psychology program is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Meeting these accreditations enables APU to prepare educators for new, more rigorous state licensing, and sets graduates apart from other candidates. When you graduate from an APU program, you graduate with the ability to function in the education arena with confidence, serving as a valued asset to your organization.

Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.