M.A. in Education: Educational Counseling with an Embedded Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling
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APU’s Master of Arts in Education: Educational Counseling offers candidates an efficient path to a school counseling career by embedding within the program all requirements for the Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling.
A requirement in completing the program is the completion of fieldwork or an internship, both of which provide candidates with hands-on experience in school counseling. An internship credential is appropriate for students who have secured a paid internship position at a public school in the field of school counseling. Students applying for an internship credential may submit their application for it upon successful completion of 10 prerequisite courses and prior to the start of the fieldwork/internship experience.
Obtain academic advising prior to initial registration.
|EDCO 533||Counseling Theories and Techniques 1||3|
|EDCO 550||Crisis/Trauma Response and Interventions 1||3|
|EDCO 557||Human Growth, Development, and Learning 1||3|
|EDCO 593||Historical Development of School Counseling and School Psychology 1||3|
|EDCO 545||Positive Behavior Supports and Classroom Intervention 1||3|
|EDCO 555||Group Counseling Skills 1||3|
|EDCO 575||Clinical Practica 1||3|
|EDCO 592||Foundations and Ethics in Research 1||3|
|EDCO 528||Community, Family, and School Collaboration 1||3|
|EDCO 535||Professionalism, Ethics, and Law 1||3|
|EDCO 534||Assessment, Measurements, and Testing of Individuals||3|
|EDCO 549||Career Development Theories and Techniques||3|
|EDCO 579||Sociocultural Competence||3|
|EDCO 587||PPS Leadership, Ethics, and Professionalism||3|
|Supervised Field Experience/Fieldwork Internship|
|Select one of the following:||6|
|School Counseling Fieldwork I|
and School Counseling Fieldwork II (300 hours)
|School Counseling Internship 1|
and School Counseling Internship 2 (300 hours)
Prerequisites for fieldwork/internship
- Candidates must pass a Praxis exam to demonstrate their competence in school counseling prior to completion of the program.
- Candidates prepare a graduate research project required in EDCO 592, which includes a formal research paper. This project’s content summarizes a topic that the student chooses to study in depth.
- All candidates admitted to the Master of Arts in Education: Educational Counseling program are required to submit a copy of their California Certificate of Clearance (COC) or another form of clearance, such as a valid and current credential for teaching, counseling, school psychology, and/or nursing. The law requires Azusa Pacific University to keep these records on file while candidates are in attendance at APU.
- Candidates must pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or equivalency as indicated by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, prior to admission to the educational counseling program with an embedded school counseling credential. Students can register to take the test online.
- Educational psychology can be pursued as an educational specialist (Ed.S.) degree with a second master’s degree embedded after completing the requirements for the Master of Arts in Education: Educational Counseling. Because these programs are unique, students must be admitted to each program separately. Candidates intending to pursue two Master of Arts in Education degrees should review the university requirements for additional master’s degrees as stated in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the catalog.
- The practicum experience included in the educational counseling program is required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and consists of 100 hours completed in a K-12 setting or approved clinical setting. These hours will be verified in the EDCO 575 course, which must be taken prior to fieldwork or internship. This course provides candidates the educational and clinical experience in applied psychotherapeutic techniques, assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, issues of development, adjustment, and maladjustment, health and wellness promotion, and other recognized counseling interventions.
- At some sites, candidates may need to delay enrollment until there are a sufficient number of beginning candidates to provide the appropriate adult learning opportunities. Applicants can obtain detailed information about dates for beginning coursework by requesting an advisement appointment at the Azusa campus or any of the regional centers.
- Candidates must maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 in their program of study, and receive a grade of B- or higher in each course (a grade of CR in fieldwork/internship).
- Candidates approaching program completion must obtain a credential application from the Office of Credentials. Candidates must complete all credential requirements to apply for the credential.
- Notify the Office of the Graduate and Professional Registrar of intent to graduate 90 days before intended graduation. Candidates approaching graduation must obtain an Intent to Commence and/or Graduate form from the registrar, and the registrar will determine whether the student has met all requirements.
- Candidates have a maximum of five years to complete all coursework and assessments, including waivers and transfer of units, beginning the first date of enrollment for coursework in the degree program.
University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.
International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.
Program Learning OutcomesStudents who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
- Demonstrate competency in foundations of School Counseling Professional Standards.
- Demonstrate competency in professionalism, ethics, and legal mandates.
- Demonstrate competency in student academic development.
- Demonstrate competency in student college and career development.
- Demonstrate competency in social/emotional development.
- Demonstrate competency in educational foundations: growth and development, learning theory, academic achievement.
- Demonstrate competency in leadership and advocacy in social justice, equity, and access.
- Demonstrate competency in program development.
- Demonstrate competency in research, program evaluation, and technology.