Azusa Pacific University

511 W Citrus Edge St, Glendora, CA 91740

Program Details

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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    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.

    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.

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