M.A. in Education: Learning and Technology and Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist Credential
Azusa Pacific University’s Master of Arts in Education: Learning and Technology and Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist Credential program prepares candidates to earn a Master of Arts in Education: Learning and Technology degree along with an embedded Moderate/Severe Disabilities Specialist Preliminary Credential. This program includes comprehensive foundation courses emphasizing teaching and educational methods, as well as specialization courses providing content required for the disabilities specialist credential. Practical classroom and fieldwork experiences provide application to theory, preparing candidates to teach in diverse settings. Advanced coursework in the emphasis area of learning and technology provides candidates with the knowledge to effectively design and infuse technology-embedded curriculum into K-12 teaching and learning environments. The mode of delivery includes face-to-face instruction, campus-based classes, distance learning, online courses, and field experiences.
Approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), which is transitioning to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Azusa Pacific University’s Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist Credential program comprises specific methods courses that are accompanied by practical classroom applications and clinical experiences in public school assignments.
Upon completion, the candidate will have earned both a Moderate/Severe Disabilities Specialist Preliminary Credential and a Master of Arts in Education: Learning and Technology degree.
Check with the Division of Teacher Education for locations in which this program is offered.
Computer and Software Requirements
Each student must have a Mac or PC laptop or notebook running the latest operating system with a word processing program and a stable internet connection.
|TESP 501||Art of Teaching I: Foundations of Teaching 1||3|
|TESP 511||Art of Teaching II: Pedagogy and Instructional Design 1||3|
|TESP 502||Science of Teaching I: How Students Learn 1||3|
|TESP 512||Science of Teaching II: Effective Assessment Strategies for All Learners 1||3|
|TESP 503||The Soul of Teaching: Tapestry of American Education||3|
|TESP 504||Schools and Educational Systems||3|
|SPED 525||Methods of Teaching Reading and Writing||3|
|SPED 527||Teaching Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities||3|
|SPED 528||Assessment and IEP Development||3|
|SPED 529||Positive Behavior Supports for Students with Exceptional Needs||3|
|SPED 571||Clinical Practice I: Moderate to Severe Disabilities||2|
|SPED 572||Clinical Practice II: Moderate to Severe Disabilities||2|
|EDUC 540||Essentials in Learning and Technology||1|
|EDUC 546||Digital Communications||3|
|EDUC 547||Special Topics in Educational Technology 2||3|
|EDUC 548||Emerging Trends in Technology||3|
|EDUC 549||Capstone Experience in Learning and Technology||2|
|Elective Courses 3|
|EDTC 521||Digital Imagery for Learning Environments||3|
|Total Units 4||46-49|
These courses must be completed prior to beginning clinical practice.
May be taken for credit up to three times as an additional elective as long as topics are not repeated.
Elective courses can be used toward the master’s degree only for the individual needing additional units to complete the degree. Elective courses cannot be used to replace foundation, specialization, or emphasis course requirements.
The program is designed to be completed with 46 units; the use of elective units to complete the degree may increase the unit total.
NOTE: A maximum of 8 units may be taken per 8-week session. Teacher candidates in master’s degree programs who have opted to waive coursework must take additional units to fulfill the unit requirement. Completion of all credential requirements—including all examinations, coursework, and other requirements—must be met before the master’s degree will be posted. An Intent to Commence and/or Graduate form must be completed and fees paid by the deadlines set by the registrar.
NOTE: Candidates who hold an intern credential must enroll in an intern support course (SPED 500) during each 8-week session (fall or spring) in which they are not enrolled in a clinical practice course.
University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.
International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.
Program Learning OutcomesStudents who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
- Engage and support all students in learning.
- Create and maintain effective environments for student learning.
- Understand and organize subject matter for student learning.
- Plan instruction and design learning experiences for all students.
- Assess student learning.
- Develop as a professional educator.