School of Education
The School of Education at Azusa Pacific University equips teachers and administrators for excellence and leadership in educational settings. In collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Education offers the Integrated Bachelor’s/Credential Program to undergraduate students seeking a preliminary teaching credential during their undergraduate degree.
School of Education Mission Statement
Based upon Christian values and principles, the APU School of Education prepares educators to be creative, collaborative, critical thinkers and scholars for diverse educational settings.
School of Education Learner Goals
The School of Education seeks to prepare:
- Ethical professionals who understand and articulate the integration of a Christian worldview in their communities of practice.
- Responsive educators who practice reflective, creative critical thinking in their engagement with diverse communities of learners.
- Informed scholarly professionals who are dedicated to collaboration, professional growth, and lifelong learning.
Professional School-level Dispositions
The School of Education has adopted a set of professional dispositions that represent the attitudes and behaviors expected of all educational professionals. These dispositions reflect the values that are central to the mission of the School of Education. In addition to maintaining satisfactory academic progress, candidates are expected to demonstrate these dispositions throughout all education programs. Candidates who fail to meet the dispositional requirements will be evaluated for fitness to practice in the profession.
- The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), which is transitioning to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
- The School of Education credential programs are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
- APU School of Education candidates prepare to work in schools as educators, including teachers, school and district leaders, school counselors and psychologists, and other specialty personnel. They must demonstrate the content, pedagogy, and writing skills and dispositions required of the profession. Therefore, the School of Education assesses candidates from admission through recommendation of credentials in both academic and dispositional standards.
- Candidates are expected to maintain a high level of professional and ethical behavior throughout the program. Failure to do so may result in discipline up to and including program dismissal.
- Candidates are required to sign a dispositions form as a condition of program participation.
- All candidates must have access to technology (i.e., computer and internet connectivity).
- The clinical practice component requires 16 weeks of full-time student teaching experience.
- Candidates who live in, work at, or relocate to a location more than 50 miles from the nearest Azusa campus (including regional campuses) must receive approval from the department to participate in fieldwork and/or clinical experience at a distance and will be assessed charges to cover the costs (travel, lodging, etc.) for fieldwork and/or clinical experience supervision.
- All credential standards and requirements for special education and teacher education are subject to CTC, NCATE (transitioning to CAEP), and federal policy changes, and these supersede catalog descriptions of prior programs and requirements.
- Candidates participating in credential programs must be covered by professional liability insurance in their capacity as credential candidates.
- Candidates participating in fieldwork and/or clinical experience must have proof of auto insurance.
Minimum Requirements for Credential Students
Certain designated courses within the School of Education (e.g., fieldwork, clinical practice, etc.) are graded on a Credit (CR)/No Credit (NC) basis. A grade of NC is interpreted as a failing grade, which can have implications for a student’s continued satisfactory progress and academic standing.
Students who earn an NC grade are required to meet with their Program Director or Chair to identify knowledge, skills, and/or dispositions that may need strengthening and to develop a performance improvement plan. Students who earn an NC grade will be placed on probation and given one enrollment period to demonstrate satisfactory progress according to the terms of the improvement plan. Students who do not meet the standards for satisfactory progress after a period of probation may be dismissed from the program.
Students are expected to successfully complete their culminating clinical practice at first attempt. On rare occasions, students with unsuccessful first attempts will be eligible to petition to the appropriate academic department to repeat the course. A successful petition is required for a student to repeat. A culminating clinical practice, fieldwork, or internship course can be repeated only once.
Students who earn an NC grade in a culminating clinical practice as a result of a lapse in professional responsibility, integrity, or ethical conduct may not be eligible to petition to repeat the course for which they received the nonpassing grade.
Assessment System (Taskstream)
The School of Education uses Taskstream to support the collection and analysis of student outcomes in all credential programs. Additionally, Taskstream offers candidates a personalized space to submit signature assignments and other documentation of performance as they progress through their program.
All School of Education credential candidates are required to have a Taskstream account and maintain their subscription throughout their time of enrollment in the School of Education. Candidates are required to submit particular assignments and other forms in Taskstream by the deadline specified in the course syllabus. Candidates failing to submit the signature assignment in Taskstream by the last day of the term will receive a nonpassing grade in the course, and successful evaluation of necessary submissions is required for recommendation for a credential to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure access to an active Taskstream account, enroll in the correct Directed Response Folio(s), and submit assignments to the correct evaluator.
At the start of a candidate’s first term in the School of Education, instructions on how to create a Taskstream subscription will be provided by email. All Taskstream-related inquiries may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Certificate of Clearance
Azusa Pacific University requires candidates who are admitted to any program within the School of Education, or to credential programs housed within other schools in the university, to have and maintain a Certificate of Clearance or a valid and current credential for teaching, administration, counseling, school psychology, or nursing from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Candidates who allow their Certificate of Clearance or other clearance document from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to expire will be prevented from enrolling in future terms. For more information, contact the Office of Credentials at email@example.com or (626) 815-5346.
Approved Subject-Matter Programs
APU offers a number of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved subject-matter programs for candidates completing their bachelor’s degrees. The following programs can be used to meet the subject matter authorization requirement for a Preliminary Teaching Credential:
- Bachelor of Science in Allied Health with Single Subject (Science) Teaching Credential
- Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with Mild/Moderate Disabilities Education Specialist Credential
- Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist Credential
- Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with Single Subject (Math) Teaching Credential