Frequently Asked Questions

The following are common questions about the MAEd in Special Education and Mild to Moderate Support Needs Education Specialist Credential program:

How many units do I take each term?

Students may take no more than 8 units per eight-week sessions, which includes a maximum of two methods or education classes and their corequisite field experiences (if appropriate).

How long is a term?

Each term has two sessions (Fall I and Fall II, Spring I and Spring II). Each session is eight weeks in length. The 16-week student teaching term covers Fall I and II or Spring I and II.

How many hours does each class session require?

Each class requires that students meet for approximately 4 hours and 15 minutes, once a week.

How many evenings per week do I attend classes?

Students meet one night a week for eight weeks, plus a Saturday final exam session.

Does APU require theses, dissertations, or capstone projects?

Students are required to complete a thesis/capstone project for this program.

How soon can I finish this program?

This program can be completed in a year. Depending upon the desired course load, working individuals usually finish this program in 18–24 months.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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