Apply Technology in Special Education Classrooms and Make a Difference

The Master of Arts in Education: Learning and Technology and Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist Credential focuses on foundational tools teachers need to design and implement instructional experiences that integrate technology throughout the curriculum. Coursework covers how to effectively design and infuse technology-embedded curriculum for today’s digital learner and special needs students. Graduates gain essential skills and knowledge in a variety of areas, including instructional video, web tools for enhanced interactive learning, digital communications, and emerging trends in the field. Special topics courses draw on trending practices within school districts and provide an opportunity for candidates to explore their core interests.

The combined master’s degree and credential program empowers candidates to enhance learning through technology in the special needs classroom and delves into instructional strategy, behavioral support, intervention, and assessment for students with moderate/severe disabilities.

Coursework for the master’s degree component, including the emphasis in learning and technology, is fully online, while the credential coursework is completed on campus. Each course provides hands-on instruction, giving candidates the time and training needed to develop subject-specific skills and activities. Candidates demonstrate their understanding of technology-imbedded instruction in the capstone project.

This combined program pairs the Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist Credential with an innovative master’s degree, resulting in a graduate program designed to meet the needs of the 21st-century classroom while advancing educators’ careers.

Which Teaching Credential is Right for Me?

If you want to be a teacher, it’s helpful to know which credential best fits your teaching goals and the kinds of students you wish to work with. For help deciding, read more about each type of teaching credential.

Nine units from the Learning and Technology, M.A.Ed., program may be transferred into APU’s Online M.A. in Educational Technology for teachers seeking to deepen their calling in the field by becoming educational technology leaders.

Program Highlights

  • The program’s format blends on-campus and online courses, providing flexibility while earning a credential and master’s degree.
  • Gain the skills and understanding needed to meet the needs of special education students.
  • Expert faculty offer quality instruction grounded in a Christian worldview, creating a relevant program that enables students to make a difference in their classrooms.
  • Small class sizes create a rich learning community as students progress through the program with a cohort of peers.

Deciding Between Student Teaching and an Intern Credential

In California, students enrolled in teacher preparation programs can choose to pursue an Intern Credential or earn their credential through student teaching. These two pathways come with different expectations and requirements. Here’s what you need to know about the differences between student teaching versus an Intern Credential.

School of Education Accreditation

Azusa Pacific University receives accreditation from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). In addition, the School of Education receives accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), which is transitioning to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), making APU one of only three private schools in California with this distinction. Further, our credential programs are accredited by California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Our Educational Psychology program is also accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). These notable accreditations set APU graduates apart from other candidates and ensure that your degree will be recognized throughout the United States and internationally.

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2017 rankings, placing at No. 183 in Tier One of the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2017 Best Colleges in the West, Forbes ranked APU among the best schools in the nation for 2017, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2017, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their education dreams.

Note: This information is current for the 2019-20 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.