Coursework for the Moderate/Severe Disabilities Specialist Credential program covers many topics, including foundations of teaching, effective assessment strategies, IEP development, and behavioral supports for students with exceptional needs.

To view specific requirements and coursework information, visit the current Academic Catalog:

Program Requirements

Comprehensive Curriculum

Azusa Pacific’s teacher preparation programs span the continuum of K–12 education, equipping candidates with a breadth of essential knowledge while uniquely preparing them for their specific credential area and focus. All theory and learning is immediately filtered through the practical lens of field experience and student teaching with K–12 students in California public school settings.

Foundation courses are core studies shared by all teacher education students, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration and learning. These face-to-face classes draw upon elementary and secondary school experiences and enhance knowledge of both special and general education processes.

Specialization courses offer coursework tailored to candidates’ credential requirements. Integrated across each program, these classes are taught face-to-face or in synchronous online environments.

Emphases courses provide advanced learning and context for those earning a master’s degree around their chosen area of emphasis. These courses are taught online to accommodate candidates during their student teaching practicum.

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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.