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.
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 (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) 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 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 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 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 must receive a grade of B- or higher in each course (and a grade of CR in fieldwork/internship).
- 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.
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.