Master of Arts 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 foundations courses emphasizing methods alongside 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, campus-based classes, field experiences, and online courses.

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 field 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 for Learning and Technology Emphasis

  • A Mac or PC laptop or notebook running the latest operating system with a word processing program

Course Requirements

Foundation Courses
TESP 501Art of Teaching I: Foundations of Teaching 13
TESP 511Art of Teaching II: Pedagogy and Instructional Design 13
TESP 502Science of Teaching I: How Students Learn 13
TESP 512Science of Teaching II: Effective Assessment Strategies for All Learners 13
TESP 503The Soul of Teaching: Tapestry of American Education3
TESP 504Schools and Educational Systems3
Specialization Courses
SPED 525Methods of Teaching Reading and Writing3
SPED 527Teaching Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities3
SPED 528Assessment and IEP Development3
SPED 529Positive Behavior Supports for Students with Exceptional Needs3
SPED 571Clinical Practice I: Moderate to Severe Disabilities2
SPED 572Clinical Practice II: Moderate to Severe Disabilities2
Emphasis Courses
EDUC 540Essentials in Learning and Technology1
EDUC 546Digital Communications3
EDUC 547Special Topics in Educational Technology 23
EDUC 548Emerging Trends in Technology3
EDUC 549Capstone Experience in Learning and Technology2
Elective Courses 3
EDTC 521Digital Imagery for Learning Environments3
Total Units 446-49

NOTE: A maximum of 9 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) each fall or spring 8-week session in which they are not enrolled in a clinical practice course.