Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Educational Technology and Learning and the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC), Tier I program is designed to aid school districts by producing graduates with strong technology backgrounds that are or can become effective administrators. This program recognizes the growing demand for individuals that understand the 21st century learner and are able to help school districts integrate new and upcoming tools and strategies.

In this program, students combine theory and practice in a dynamic online environment that provides both flexibility and access to support to working professionals. Students enrolled in the program will work with an experienced faculty, allowing degree candidates to benefit from both their educator's and their own past experiences. APU is a Christian institution; therefore, the material covered in this program and other programs are presented and critiqued through a fully Christian worldview.

Once enrolled in the program, students go through a set sequence of courses that is in the format of five nine-week courses. Each student moves forward with the same cohort of peers with whom they began the program. Though this program provides a large amount of flexibility and there is no set time in which a student must be online, candidates should expect to dedicate six to ten hours per week to discussions and various assignments.

In order to complete this program, students must earn a total of 45 graduate credits. After the one-credit Leadership Induction, most courses typically range from three to six credits in length. Available courses include Policy and Politics of Educational Leadership, Leadership in a Legal Culture, and Evolving Educational Technologies. The final class students are required to take is a five credit Leadership Performance Assessment, in which students identify and analyze their own strengths and limitations.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

    The School of Education receives accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), making APU one of only three private schools in California with this distinction. They credential programs are accredited by California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).  WASC accredited.

    Requirements

    Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university and a minimum 3.0 GPA.  A CTC is required if you are pursuing a Tier 1 credential.

    Restrictions

    PASC credentials for CA only

    School Overview

    University College of Azusa Pacific University supports a wide range of distance education programs, including master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees, and post-graduate certificates. University College (also known as Azusa Pacific University College) is a result to the merger of Azusa Pacific Online University and the School of Adult and Professional Studies. University College is a four-year, primarily associate’s, private not-for-profit school, with its main location in Glendora, California. Azusa Pacific University approved the formation of this independent institution with an intended goal of providing more flexible learning options for nontraditional students, including online and evening class sessions. Following the Christian-centered principles of Azusa Pacific University, University College’s purpose statement is: “We create for people a new hope for the future by investing in lives through learning pathways that are Christ-centered, flexible, and accessible.”

    Azusa Pacific University, the parent school of University College, is a four-year, private Christian-based higher educational institution, located in the San Gabriel Valley community of Azusa, California. The institution first opened in 1899, as the Training School for Christian Workers. The school has continued to grow and now operates as one of the largest Christian universities within the United States. Azusa Pacific University supports over 100 associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs.

    University College follows a trimester calendar with year-round classes that offer accelerated programming. Each traditional 16-week semester is divided into two 8-week sessions allowing for greater flexibility. Online coursework is asynchronous and hosted on the Moodle learning management platform.

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