About the Program
Program coursework and instruction are delivered from a distinctly Christian perspective, instilling in each candidate a strong foundation of ethics, compassion, and teaching competency. Individualized attention is emphasized throughout the program, giving candidates the invaluable advantage of a personalized education.
This program supports the preparation of teachers for positions at the middle and high school levels in the subject areas of business, English language arts, mathematics, science, social science, and world languages, and pre-K-to-12 specialists in arts, music, and physical education. All single subject teachers receive certification to teach a specific content area through their subject matter competence, which may be demonstrated by a number of different pathways approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Information on these pathways can be found on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing website.
Upon completion, the teaching credential candidate will have earned both a 2042 Single Subject Teaching Credential and a Master of Arts in Education: Teaching. The master’s degree is earned after the candidate has completed all requirements for the Preliminary Credential and program coursework. This is a 2042 Credential with ELL authorization.
With program requirements and class times tailored to the working adult, APU’s School of Education programs fit your schedule.
- Each on-campus class meets just one night a week for eight weeks. Most students take two classes per eight-week session.
- Each on-campus class meets for five hours or less.
- It takes most working individuals 1½-2 years to finish the program, depending on requirements.
Aspiring and veteran educators from a variety of backgrounds pursue their graduate degree at APU. Most are adult students seeking to enhance their professional development, while others enter the program as a step toward a career change. Small class sizes increase opportunity for individual attention from expert faculty, making the education experience both relevant and personal.
Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.