Shape Learning for Special Education Students with a Master’s Degree and Mild to Moderate Credential

APU’s M.A.Ed. in Special Education and Mild/Moderate Disabilities Education Specialist Credential program prepares educators to effectively teach students with special learning needs, including specific learning or language disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, emotional difficulties, and behavioral disorders. Course content enables candidates to take what they learn and immediately apply it in the teaching environment.

Program Highlights

  • Learn from expert faculty who give you the skills needed to make a lasting impact as a special educator.
  • Experience coursework grounded in a Christian worldview, creating a relevant program that enables students to make a difference in their classrooms.
  • Enjoy theoretical learning blended with practical classroom application to help you identify and address students’ needs.
  • Benefit from learning in a supportive and vibrant community of educators, and study alongside a cohort of peers as you progress through the program.
  • Attend class one or two nights a week as you earn your master’s degree and credential.

Learn more about the program and our faculty.

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