About the Program

Program Details

Candidates in APU’s special education credential programs develop advanced skills to serve students with special needs. The Extensive Support Needs Education Specialist Credential program provides an essential foundation of special education theory, methods, and practical teaching experiences. Candidates explore relevant issues, including behavior support, inclusion strategies, and modified classroom instruction.

All special education candidates must participate in supervised field experience, clinical practice, and develop Taskstream portfolio. APU’s credential programs are approved by the state through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and include embedded ELL requirements.

If desired, candidates may qualify to enter one of the credential and master’s degree combined programs. Credential courses are combined with selected courses required for a Master of Arts in Education: Special Education or a Master of Arts in Education: Learning and Technology. Master’s degree coursework usually follows completion of credential programs.

Program Format

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 1.5 years to finish the program, depending on requirements.

Our Students

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.

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