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Master's in Special Education

Azusa Pacific University recognizes the need to provide quality academic programs for graduate students with divergent professional goals and differing educational needs. The Online Master of Arts in Education: Special Education (noncredential) is designed for individuals eager to pursue a master’s degree with an emphasis in autism spectrum disorders. This program does not lead to a California teaching credential.

The program suits the working professional seeking job opportunities in the areas of disabilities advocacy, private school administration, community college instruction, or as a prerequisite for admission to a doctoral program in special education.

Furthermore, attorneys who wish to specialize in special education law or desire to become a due process hearing officer may enroll in this program. Federal, state, and local government SELPAs employ professionals with this degree to monitor and enforce special education procedures and programs.

Learn more about the program and our faculty.

Program Highlights

  • Flexible program schedules allow students to take classes online while earning their degree.
  • Expert faculty offer quality instruction grounded in a Christian worldview, creating a relevant program that enables students to make a difference in their classrooms.
  • Small class sizes create a rich learning community as students progress through the program with a cohort of peers.
  • Study at a top-ranked, accredited university known for quality in academics and successful graduates.

This online degree is offered by APU’s School of Education. View additional graduate education programs.

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.