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Course Requirements

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.

Semester 1
EDCO 533
Counseling Theories and Techniques*
EDCO 550
Crisis/Trauma Response and Interventions*
EDCO 557
Human Growth, Development, and Learning*
EDCO 593
Historical Development of School Counseling and School Psychology*
Semester 2
EDCO 545
Positive Behavior Supports and Classroom Intervention*
EDCO 555
Group Counseling Skills*
EDCO 575
Clinical Practica*
EDCO 592
Foundations and Ethics in Research*
Semester 3
EDCO 528
Community, Family, and School Collaboration*
EDCO 535
Professionalism, Ethics, and Law*
Semester 4
EDCO 534
Assessment, Measurements, and Testing of Individuals
EDCO 549
Career Development Theories and Techniques
EDCO 579
Sociocultural Competence
EDCO 587
PPS Leadership, Ethics, and Professionalism
*Prerequisites for Fieldwork/Internship
Supervised Field Experience/Fieldwork Internship
EDCO 564
School Counseling Fieldwork 1 (300 hours)
- and -
EDCO 568
School Counseling Fieldwork 2 (300 hours)
– or –
EDCO 594
School Counseling Internship 1 (300 hours)
- and -
EDCO 595
School Counseling Internship 2 (300 hours)
Total48 units

Additional Requirements

  1. Students must pass a Praxis exam to demonstrate their competence in school counseling or school psychology prior to completion of the program.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Student must pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) prior to admission to the program. Students can register to take the test at

Advisory Notes

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.

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.

Note: This information is current for the 2013–14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.