Azusa Pacific University

511 W Citrus Edge St, Glendora, CA 91740

Program Details

The Master of Arts in Education: Special Education Degree from Azusa Pacific University is designed to prepare individuals for working with persons with differing educational needs. It is important to note that completing this program does not in itself lead to a California teaching credential. Students that wish to earn said credential must seek additional preparation. This degree program is intended for candidates who seek instruction in classroom interventions, bilingual special education strategies, emotional disturbances, and autism spectrum disorders, among other issues and aspects of special education.

This program may be completed entirely online and is designed for working professionals who want more job opportunities in disabilities advocacy, private school administration, and community college instruction. Graduates should also be able to pursue more education at the doctoral level. Additionally, attorneys that wish to specialize in special education law are encouraged to enroll in the program.

Students move forward in the program with the same small group of peers with whom they began the program. Those that seek on-site education are given the opportunity to pursue a Master's in Special Education at the main campus of APU. Candidates for this degree should be interested in becoming competent and compassionate instructors to persons with disabilities.

Once enrolled, students must select an area of emphasis to better focus their studies. They offered an emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Bilinigual Special Education Strategies, Classroom Interventions, Emotional Disturbance, or Research Specialist. In order to complete this program, those enrolled must earn a total of 42 to 45 credits, with additional credits being required for those seeking the emphasis in Emotional Disturbance. 15 credits go towards core coursework, 15 to a set of required advanced courses, and 12 to 15 to the area of emphasis.

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    Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university and a minimum 3.0 GPA.

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    Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

    Azusa Pacific University receives accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In addition, 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. Further, the credential programs are accredited by California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

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