The Master of Arts in Education: Educational Counseling offers students an efficient path to a school counseling career by embedding within the master’s program all requirements for the Pupil Personnel Services Credential: 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.
Students take courses in the following sequence and are required to obtain academic advising prior to initial registration.
- Students must pass a Praxis exam to demonstrate their competence in school counseling or school psychology prior to completion of the program.
- Students prepare a Graduate Research Project EDCO 592, which includes a formal research paper. The Graduate Research Project content summarizes a topic that the student chooses to study in depth.
- All candidates admitted to the 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.
- Student must pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) prior to admission to the program. Students can register to take the test at cbest.nesinc.com.
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.
Students 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 State of 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 Clinical Practica course that must be taken prior to fieldwork or internship. This course provides students 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, students may need to delay enrollment until there is 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.
- Students in an educational counseling or educational psychology program may request to waive a course (see “Waivers” in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the 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” section in the academic catalog), 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 student must choose alternative elective courses to satisfy the unit requirements of the degree program.
- Students approaching program completion must obtain a credential application from the credential analyst office in the Department of Teacher Education. Students must complete all credential requirements to apply for the credential.
- Notify graduate registrar of intent to graduate 90 days before intended graduation. Students approaching graduation must obtain an Intent to Graduate Form from the graduate registrar. The graduate registrar will determine whether the student has met all requirements.
- A student 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many units do I take each semester?
Full-time students take 6 units every nine weeks. However, many candidates are working adults and do not take classes full time. Academic advising is highly recommended to determine the course load required.
How long is a semester?
A semester is nine weeks, including final exams. Most classes are offered in accelerated nine-week terms.
How many hours does each class session require?
Classes meet for approximately 4 hours and 15 minutes, once a week.
How many evenings per week do I attend classes?
Most students attend classes one evening per week.
How many students will there be in my classes?
APU is noted for its small classes with personalized attention. Most courses do not exceed 15–20 students.
Does APU require theses, dissertations, or capstone projects?
This program culminates in a comprehensive exam only.
How soon can I finish this program?
This program could be completed in a year. Depending upon the desired course load, working individuals usually finish this program in 18–24 months.