About the Program
Recognizing that graduate students come with divergent professional goals and differing educational needs, Azusa Pacific University offers various paths toward the pursuit of credentials and degrees in education. For individuals eager to pursue a Master of Arts degree and a credential program concurrently, the Master of Arts in Education: Special Education and the Extensive Support Needs Education Specialist (K-12) Credential presents an efficient educational package.
The Master of Arts in Education: Special Education provides the tools students need to make solid contributions in special needs classrooms. The instruction and coursework come from a distinctly Christian perspective, leading to a compassionate, caring, and ethical approach to teaching.
The Extensive Support Needs Education Specialist Credential program coursework is embedded in the Master of Arts in Education: Special Education. Many students opt to pursue both the degree and the credential simultaneously. Those who do render themselves highly marketable and eagerly recruited.
Note: The combined degree and credential programs are restrictive and faculty advisement and an admissions interview are required prior to enrollment in the program. The combined program is not appropriate for an individual serving on an Emergency, Pre-Intern, or Intern Credential with an urgent need to complete a credential in one year, as a combined program may require more than one academic year.
With program requirements and class times tailored to the working adult, APU’s School of Education programs fit your schedule.
- Each on-campus class meets just one night a week for eight weeks. Most students take two classes per eight-week session.
- Each on-campus class meets for five hours or less.
- It takes most working individuals 2 years to finish the program, depending on requirements.
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. Small class sizes increase opportunity for individual attention from expert faculty, making the education experience both relevant and personal.
Note: This information is current for the 2022-23 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.