Azusa Pacific University

511 W Citrus Edge St, Glendora, CA 91740

Program Details

The Special Education, M.A.Ed. and Moderate/Severe Disabilities Specialist Credential, Preliminary Track A program at Azusa Pacific University is designed as a non-intern track for candidates that are not currently teaching full-time in a K-12 setting and/or lack competence in the subject matter. The program is ideal for professionals who are interested in making career changes, as well as those teaching without fulfilling subject matter competence.

APU is a Christian university and the material covered during this program is presented through a Christian worldview in order to produce graduates with a firm moral and ethical grounding. This program may also be completed entirely online, catering to the needs of working professionals with demanding schedules. Students move forward through the program with the same cohort of peer students, the small class size of which fosters discussion and provides access to communal support.

To complete this program, students must earn a total of 45 credits in a specific sequence. Courses are grouped into modules of six or more credits. After Module I, students must apply for clinical practice as well as clearance and placement by the Office of Credentials and Student Placement. After this requirement and the completion of Module II, students must develop a Transition Plan. Following Modules III and IV, students must apply for Preliminary Credential. In order to do so, candidates must meet all course, fieldwork, clinical practice, ePortfolio, Transition Plan, and CPR verification requirements. Once a student is approved, they complete the final 18 credits required to earn the MAEd in Special Education.

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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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