Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist Credential
Azusa Pacific University’s Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist Credential program prepares candidates to earn a California Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist Preliminary Credential. This rigorous program includes comprehensive foundation courses emphasizing teaching and educational methods, as well as specialization courses that provide content required for the disabilities specialist credential. Practical classroom and fieldwork experiences provide application to theory, preparing candidates to teach in diverse settings. The mode of delivery includes face-to-face instruction, campus-based classes, distance learning, and clinical experiences.
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|
These courses must be completed prior to beginning clinical practice.
NOTE: A maximum of 9 units may be taken per 8-week session. Completion of all credential requirements—including all examinations, coursework, and other requirements—must be met before the candidate will be recommended for a credential. Candidates should meet with their credential analyst for information regarding the credential application process.
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.