Master of Arts 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 includes either fieldwork or an internship. Candidates applying for an internship credential may submit their application for the internship credential near the end of the program after all 10 prerequisites have been met. An internship credential is appropriate for candidates who have secured a paid internship position at a public school in the field of school counseling.

Course Sequence

Obtain academic advising prior to initial registration.

Term 1
EDCO 533Counseling Theories and Techniques 13
EDCO 550Crisis/Trauma Response and Interventions 13
EDCO 557Human Growth, Development, and Learning 13
EDCO 593Historical Development of School Counseling and School Psychology 13
Term 2
EDCO 545Positive Behavior Supports and Classroom Intervention 13
EDCO 555Group Counseling Skills 13
EDCO 575Clinical Practica 13
EDCO 592Foundations and Ethics in Research 13
Term 3
EDCO 528Community, Family, and School Collaboration 13
EDCO 535Professionalism, Ethics, and Law 13
Term 4
EDCO 534Assessment, Measurements, and Testing of Individuals3
EDCO 549Career Development Theories and Techniques3
EDCO 579Sociocultural Competence3
EDCO 587PPS Leadership, Ethics, and Professionalism3
Supervised Field Experience/Fieldwork Internship
Select one of the following:6
School Counseling Fieldwork 1
and School Counseling Fieldwork 2 (300 hours)
School Counseling Internship 1
and School Counseling Internship 2 (300 hours)
Total Units48

Additional Requirements

  1. Candidates must pass a Praxis exam to demonstrate their competence in school counseling prior to completion of the program.
  2. Candidates prepare a graduate research project (EDCO 592), which includes a formal research paper. This project’s content summarizes a topic that the student chooses to study in depth.
  3. 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.
  4. Candidates must pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) prior to admission to the educational counseling program with an embedded school counseling credential. Students can register to take the test online.

Advisory Notes

Educational psychology can be pursued as a second master’s degree 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. 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 students 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 in an educational counseling or educational psychology program may request to waive a course (see Waivers in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalog) provided that the student can document completion of an equivalent course at another institution in the five-year period prior to requesting the waiver. Department approval of the request is required. If the course accepted for waiver also meets all the university standards for transfer credit (see Transfer Credit), up to 20 percent of the total program units may be transferred to meet requirements. If the course accepted for waiver does not meet the university standards for transfer credit (i.e., not applicable to a master’s degree at the university where it was taken, not taken from a regionally accredited institution, etc.), then the candidate must choose alternative elective courses to satisfy the unit requirements of the degree program.
  • 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.
  • A candidate has a maximum of five years to complete all coursework, including waivers and transfer of units, beginning the first date of enrollment for coursework in the degree program.