The College Counseling and Student Development program consists of a total of 42 semester units of coursework. Of this total, at least 34 must be taken at APU. Up to eight semester units of appropriate graduate work may be transferred into the program with department approval.
The coursework is divided into three major components: foundational studies, professional studies, and integration.
Foundational studies are those which explore the historical, philosophical, and theoretical bases of higher education and student affairs as well as assist students in the assessment of their personal leadership skills. Professional studies are those which assist students in developing competencies in program design and evaluation, administration, counseling, and research. The integration of the theoretical and practical is provided through supervised experiences and the capstone project.
|Foundational Studies||12 units|
CCSD 551Introduction to College Student Affairs
CCSD 567Diversity in Student Affairs
CCSD 575Quantitative Analysis in College Student Affairs
CCSD 581Foundations of Higher Education
|Professional Studies||30 units|
CCSD 543Legal and Ethical Issues in College Student Affairs
CCSD 552The Process of Adult Development
CCSD 553Administration in College Student Affairs
CCSD 562Today's College Students
CCSD 563Counseling: The Helping Relationship
CCSD 571Student Learning in the Cocurriculum
CCSD 573Career Counseling and Development
CCSD 583Counseling Issues and Practice
CCSD 592Program Evaluation in College Student Affairs
CCSD 595Capstone Project in College Student Affairs
|Integration and Supervised Practice|
|- Capstone Project and Colloquium|
|- 600 hours of supervised field placement in at least two practice areas|
All students are required to complete a minimum of 600 hours of supervised fieldwork in student affairs practice in a college or university. This fieldwork must be completed in at least two distinct areas with at least 150 hours of supervised fieldwork in each.
Azusa Pacific University provides a number of graduate assistantships for students enrolled in the College Counseling and Student Development program. A student who receives a graduate assistantship is required to enroll in six units of graduate coursework in the program each term. Graduate assistants are expected to work 600 hours over the academic year, for which they receive a stipend and a 50 percent tuition scholarship. Other assistantships are available at off-campus locations through fieldwork placements.
During the final semester, students are required to complete a professional portfolio that contains evidence of competence in 12 aspects of student affairs practice. The presentation of the portfolio should be before a committee of at least one faculty and two student affairs professionals who will evaluate and reflect with the student regarding the effectiveness of the project. Successful completion of this project is required for graduation.