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 foundations courses emphasizing methods alongside 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, campus-based classes and field experiences.

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
Total Units34

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