Never more complex, today’s classrooms encompass a wide spectrum of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and learning abilities. The need has risen dramatically for invested educational psychologists qualified to guide students through the challenging issues facing them today. The most effective in these positions demonstrate insightful skills beyond basic training, and dedication to serving all students, empowering them to succeed as lifelong learners.
Azusa Pacific University’s NASP-accredited dual degree program pairs the Master of Arts in Education: Educational Psychology and the Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S.) in School Psychology with the School Psychology Credential, all of which equip candidates for career advancement and give them a highly marketable specialty. Nationally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment opportunities for school psychologists are also expanding, with growth through the year 2022 projected at 12 percent. The BLS report also notes that hiring should be strongest for those with a specialist or doctoral degree in school psychology.
Earning the master’s degree, post-master’s specialist degree, and credential from a Christian perspective, APU graduates are distinguished from their counterparts by their caring, compassionate approach, strong background, and high ethical standards. With a solid background in this area, candidates are able to assess students of all cultures, social levels, and learning abilities more effectively. The program’s accreditation by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) also allows candidates to become Nationally Certified School Psychologists (NCSP) upon graduating and passing the Praxis II School Psychology Examination.
Candidates also have the option of integrating a highly marketable specialization into their third year of coursework. Concentrations, offered at the Azusa campus only, are completed through an additional five courses in either Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) or Clinical and Educationally Related Mental Health Counseling.
Master of Arts in Education: Educational Psychology and Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology with embedded Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Psychology
- Earn your master’s degree and post-master’s Ed.S. degree, plus satisfy credential program requirements, and prepare for career advancement.
- Graduate highly marketable and competitively qualified to serve as a professional school psychologist in a public school setting.
- Benefit from an efficient path toward meeting state requirements and earning nationally recognized, dual advanced degrees from a top Christian university.
- Specialize in an optional 15-unit concentration that enhances your career opportunities.
School of Education Accreditation
Azusa Pacific University receives accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In addition, the School of Education receives accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), making APU one of only three private schools in California with this distinction. Further, our credential programs are accredited by California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Our Master of Arts in Education: Educational Psychology Program is also accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). These notable accreditations set APU graduates apart from other candidates and ensure your degree will be recognized throughout the United States and internationally.
Azusa Pacific University continues to be recognized annually among the nation’s best colleges, landing in the most prestigious category of U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2014 rankings (Tier One, No. 173), and being named 1 of 124 institutions in The Princeton Review’s Best Western Colleges 2014.