Program Overview

The Master of Education in Special Education with a Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist (K-12) Preliminary Credential program with an Intern track is intended to aid those working full-time in an appropriate public or private K-12 school. In order to be eligible for credit, this option must be verified and approved by the program director before course registration.

APU is an institution with a strong Christian basis, so the faculty in this program, as with each other program, presents course materials in the context of a wholly Christian worldview. Students move forward through five nine-week terms with the same cohort of peers with whom they began the program. This program may be completed online, allowing flexibility to working professionals that are striving to balance work, education, and a personal life.

The Intern track of the special education credential program is specifically designed for individuals already teaching full time in a public or private WASC-approved school. Those enrolled in the Intern track must complete at least 15 hours of coursework. If the student is teaching at a non-WASC-accredited private school, he or she must contact their program director, who in turn may tell them to petition the department chair to help modify state or program standards.

In order to complete this program, students must earn a total of 45 credits. These credits are divided into modules that are separated by content and requirements. After Module 1, students are required to apply for clinical practice. Between Modules 2 and 3, candidates must meet with a faculty advisor in order to develop a transition plan. The credential section of the program is 27 credits.

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    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.


    Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university and a minimum 3.0 GPA. Internship elegibility requirements include 120 pre-service hours Prerequisite for intern credential English language learner pre-service requirement and proof of passage of CSET.

    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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