Master of Arts in Education: Special Education and Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist Credential
Azusa Pacific University’s Master of Arts in Education: Special Education and Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist Credential program prepares candidates to earn a Master of Arts in Education: Special Education 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 special education provides candidates with knowledge needed to serve students with disabilities in K-12 public schools. 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: Special Education degree.
Check with the Division of Teacher Education for locations in which this program is offered.
|Foundation Courses 1|
|TESP 501||Art of Teaching I: Foundations of Teaching||3|
|TESP 511||Art of Teaching II: Pedagogy and Instructional Design||3|
|TESP 502||Science of Teaching I: How Students Learn||3|
|TESP 512||Science of Teaching II: Effective Assessment Strategies for All Learners||3|
|TESP 503||The Soul of Teaching: Finding One’s Place in the 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 550||Introduction to Research for Practitioners||1|
|EDUC 556||Historical and Philosophical Perspectives of Disability Studies||3|
|EDUC 557||Current Trends in Curriculum and Disability Studies||3|
|EDUC 558||Guided Research Project||3|
|EDUC 559||Procedures and Findings||2|
All Foundation Courses must be completed prior to beginning clinical practice.
NOTE: 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.