Pupil Personnel Services: School Counseling Credential
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A required transcript evaluation of students’ current PPS school psychology courses will determine which courses will count toward the PPS: School Counseling Credential.
Requirements are the same as for Azusa Pacific University’s Master of Arts in Education: Educational Counseling with Embedded Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling program, which are as follows:
|EDCO 533||Counseling Theories and Techniques 1||3|
|EDCO 535||Professionalism, Ethics, and Law 1||3|
|EDCO 550||Crisis/Trauma Response and Interventions 1||3|
|EDCO 557||Human Growth, Development, and Learning 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 in Research 1||3|
|EDCO 528||Community, Family, and School Collaboration||3|
|EDCO 593||Historical Development of School Counseling and School Psychology||3|
|EDCO 549||Career Development Theories and Techniques||3|
|EDCO 587||School Counseling Professionalism||3|
|Select one of the following:||4|
|School Counseling Fieldwork I|
|School Counseling Internship I|
|EDCO 534||Assessment, Measurements, and Testing of Individuals||3|
|EDCO 579||Sociocultural Competence||3|
|Select one of the following:||4|
|School Counseling Fieldwork II|
|School Counseling Internship II|
Prerequisites for fieldwork/internship
- Candidates must earn a passing score of 150 or greater on the Praxis II (code 5421) exam to demonstrate their competence in school counseling prior to completion of the program.
- All candidates admitted to the Pupil Personnel Services: School Counseling Credential program are required to submit a copy of their California Certificate of Clearance 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 verify successful completion of the California Basic Skills Requirement via one of the options approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), prior to admission.
- 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 regional campuses, candidates may need to delay enrollment until there is 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 campuses.
- 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. An appropriate counseling-related graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university must be conferred before receiving the credential recommendation.
- 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 credential 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.