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.
While the state-required credential for school psychologists is sufficient to secure employment, those with accompanying master’s and post-master’s degrees enjoy an undeniable advantage. Recognizing this, APU has embedded all the requirements for the Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology and the Pupil Personnel Services Credential: School Psychology within the Master of Arts in Education: Educational Psychology program for those candidates seeking a convenient, efficient track toward their ultimate education goals. The dual degree and credential combination—along with the program’s nationally recognized NASP accreditation—significantly increases graduates’ marketability by equipping them with a comprehensive approach to addressing diverse student needs.
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.
This program consists of a diverse representation of gender and national origin. Approximately 50 percent are teachers with at least 10 years experience. Twenty-five percent come from the field of professional psychology, while 25 percent enter the program directly following their undergraduate work.