Apply Technology in Special Education Classrooms and Make a Difference
The Master of Arts in Education: Learning and Technology and Extensive Support Needs Education Specialist Credential focuses on foundational tools teachers need to design and implement instructional experiences that integrate technology throughout the curriculum. Coursework covers how to effectively design and infuse technology-embedded curriculum for today’s digital learner and special needs students. Graduates gain essential skills and knowledge in a variety of areas, including instructional video, web tools for enhanced interactive learning, digital communications, and emerging trends in the field. Special topics courses draw on trending practices within school districts and provide an opportunity for candidates to explore their core interests.
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The combined master’s degree and credential program empowers candidates to enhance learning through technology in the special needs classroom and delves into instructional strategy, behavioral support, intervention, and assessment for students with extensive support needs.
Coursework for the master’s degree component, including the emphasis in learning and technology, is fully online, while the credential coursework is completed on campus. Each course provides hands-on instruction, giving candidates the time and training needed to develop subject-specific skills and activities. Candidates demonstrate their understanding of technology-imbedded instruction in the capstone project.
This combined program pairs the Extensive Support Needs Education Specialist Credential with an innovative master’s degree, resulting in a graduate program that meets the needs of the 21st-century classroom while advancing educators’ careers.
If you want to be a teacher, it’s helpful to know which credential best fits your teaching goals and the kinds of students you wish to work with. For help deciding, read more about each type of teaching credential.
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- The program’s format blends on-campus and online courses, providing flexibility while earning a credential and master’s degree.
- Gain the skills and understanding needed to meet the needs of special education students.
- 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.
In California, students enrolled in teacher preparation programs can choose to pursue an Intern Credential or earn their credential through student teaching. These two pathways come with different expectations and requirements. Here’s what you need to know about the differences between student teaching versus an Intern Credential.
School of Education Accreditation
Azusa Pacific University receives accreditation from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). In addition, the School of Education receives accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), which is transitioning to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), making APU one of only three private schools in California with this distinction. Further, our credential programs are accredited by California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Our Educational Psychology program is also accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). These notable accreditations set APU graduates apart from other candidates and ensure that your degree will be recognized throughout the United States and internationally.
U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2023 edition named Azusa Pacific to its list of top national universities and several other significant lists, including First-Year Experiences and Top Performers on Social Mobility. The Princeton Review designated APU as 1 of 126 institutions in the “Best Western Colleges” section of its 2023 Best Colleges guide. APU’s School of Nursing was named a top nursing school in California for 2023 by College Factual and Niche. APU was included as a top-100 degree producer by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education and is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). Azusa Pacific is also a Military Friendly School and Yellow Ribbon University, serving more than 500 military-connected students and families, and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an R2 Doctoral Research University.
Note: This information is current for the 2022-23 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.