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About the Division

Azusa Pacific University offers programs approved by California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) which authorize service for elementary and secondary classrooms. Additionally, all of the programs offered in the Division of Teacher Education are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). As one of largest credential-granting institutions in California, APU produces credentialed teachers who are professionally prepared to provide quality educational programs that effectively meet the needs of the children and youth in public and private schools, and who are heavily recruited by school districts throughout California and other states.

Across the division’s three departments—the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Department of Special Education, and the Department of Advanced Studies—expert faculty guide candidates to integrate experiential learning with a Christ-centered perspective on professional life and practice.

The Division of Teacher Education provides the training and experience needed to qualify for California’s multiple subject and single subject teaching credentials, as well as the mild/moderate and moderate/severe special education credentials.

The division also provides opportunities for educators to earn a specialized master’s degree in the fields of special education, teaching, or learning and technology. The division’s combined programs enable candidates to earn both a master’s degree and credential.

Established in 1963, Azusa Pacific’s Teacher Education programs prepare K–12 classroom teachers who are:

  • Competent—able to effectively educate and lead in the cultural, socioeconomic, and linguistic diversity of today’s educational environment
  • Compassionate—committed to the care and enhancement of the individuals they teach and lead
  • People of character—able to contribute to the moral and ethical development of the students and families whom they serve

Comprehensive Curriculum

Azusa Pacific’s teacher preparation programs span the continuum of K–12 education, equipping candidates with a breadth of essential knowledge while uniquely preparing them for their specific credential area and focus. All theory and learning is immediately filtered through the practical lens of field experience and student teaching with K–12 students in California public school settings.

Foundation courses are core studies shared by all teacher education students, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration and learning. These face-to-face classes draw upon elementary and secondary school experiences and enhance knowledge of both special and general education processes.

Specialization courses offer coursework tailored to candidates’ credential requirements. Integrated across each program, these classes are taught face-to-face or in synchronous online environments.

Emphases courses provide advanced learning and context for those earning a master’s degree around their chosen area of emphasis. These courses are taught online to accommodate candidates during their student teaching practicum.

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Classes are small, and credential programs are conveniently offered at various locations throughout Southern California. Check with the Division of Teacher Education for locations in which specific credential programs are offered.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.