About the Program
The Department of School Counseling and School Psychology offers adult learners academic and practical preparation for careers in school counseling and school psychology. The department provides coursework and supervises field work leading to the Master of Arts in Education: Educational Counseling and the Master of Arts in Education: Educational Psychology. In addition, the department offers a credential-only program for those who hold a master’s degree and seek certification in school counseling or school psychology.
APU's Master of Arts in Education: Educational Counseling Program couples the master's degree with all requirements for the School Counseling Credential, rendering the graduate highly marketable and competitively qualified to serve as a professional school counselor in a public school setting.
This embedded program immerses the candidate into the world of school counseling, emphasizing practical techniques to help students stay in school. Candidates explore problem-solving skills, discipline procedures, crisis and routine intervention, and work side-by-side with practicing school counselors.
Azusa Pacific University recognizes the need to provide quality academic programs for graduate students with divergent professional goals and differing educational needs. The degree and credential programs are designed for a limited number of individuals eager to pursue a Master of Arts and a credential program concurrently. These embedded degree/credential programs are conditional and faculty advisement is required prior to enrollment in the program.
With a solid understanding of the issues and pressures facing pupils today, candidates with this embedded degree and credential are well equipped to serve as school counselors in a public school setting and communicate with pupils of all cultures, socioeconomic levels, and learning abilities.