Program Overview

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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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    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).


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

    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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