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Course Requirements

Azusa Pacific University’s embedded program pairs the Master of Arts in Education: Educational Psychology and the Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S.) in School Psychology with the Pupil Personnel Services Credential: School Psychology for a broader, more marketable approach for school psychologists.

A requirement in completing the credential 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 the 13 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 psychology.

Students take courses in the following sequence and are required to seek academic advising prior to initial registration.

YEAR 1
Semester 1
EDCO 533
Counseling Theories and Techniques*
3
EDCO 557
Human Growth, Development, and Learning*
3
EDCO 593
Historical Development of School Counseling and School Psychology*
3
EDPY 624
Disabilities in Children (Mild, Moderate, and Severe)*
2
Semester 2
EDCO 545
Positive Behavior Supports and Classroom Intervention*
3
EDCO 572
Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology*
3
EDPY 556
Academic Assessment and Intervention*
2
EDCO 592
Foundations and Ethics in Research*
3
Semester 3
EDCO 535
Professionalism, Ethics, and Law*
3
EDCO 528
Community, Family, and School Collaboration*
3
Students will have located a practicum site.
YEAR 2
Semester 1
EDPY 681
Psychoeducational Assessment I
3
EDPY 690
Advanced Individual Research
3
EDPY 682
Psychoeducational Assessment II
3
EDPY 636
Research and Evaluation in School Psychology
3
EDPY 635A
Role and Function of a School Psychologist: Positive Behavior Supports
1
Semester 2
EDPY 683
Psychoeducational Assessment III
3
EDPY 637
Child Psychopathology: Assessment and Treatment
3
EDCO 550
Crisis/Trauma Response and Interventions
3
EDPY 633
Multicultural and Bilingual Assessment and Intervention
3
EDPY 635B
Role and Function of a School Psychologist: Individual/Group Counseling
1
Semester 3
EDPY 635C
Role and Function of a School Psychologist: Assessment
1
Total units for years 1 and 255

Students will complete the following in order to earn the Master of Arts in Education: Educational Psychology

  • Completion of designated M.A.Ed. coursework
  • Graduate research project
  • 450 hours of practicum
Upon completion of requirements, the Master of Arts in Education: Educational Psychology is awarded at the end of Year 2. Students may participate in commencement.
YEAR 3
Semester 4
EDPY 697
Readings in School Psychology
1
EDPY 655
School Psychology Internship 1
5
- or -
EDPY 656
School Psychology Internship 2
5
Semester 5
EDPY 695
School Psychology Fieldwork 1
5
- or -
EDPY 696
School Psychology Fieldwork 2
5

Students will complete the following in order to earn the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in School Psychology:

  • Completion of designated Ed.S. coursework
  • 1,200 hours of fieldwork/internship hours
  • Passing the PRAXIS (school psychology) with a 165 or higher
Upon completion of requirements, the Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S.) in School Psychology is awarded at the end of Year 3. Students may participate in commencement.
Total66 units

* Prerequisites must be completed prior to internship/fieldwork.

Optional Specialization Coursework

ADDED TO YEAR 3
Candidates choose one of the following areas.
Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
SPED 503
Behavior Support to Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
3
SPED 504
Introduction to Behavior Analysis in Applied Settings
3
SPED 514
Advanced Behavior Analysis in Applied Settings
3
SPED 524
Advanced Topical Study: Applications and Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis
3
SPED 534
Single-case Designs: Measurement and Experimental Evaluation of Behavior
3
Specialization in Clinical and Educationally Related Mental Health Counseling
EDCO 555
Group Counseling Skills
3
EDCO 571
Introduction to Clinical Practice: Basic Skills
3
EDCO 573
Addictions, Assessment, and Interventions
3
EDCO 574
Introduction to Clinical Practice: Advanced Skills
3
EDCO 575
Clinical Practica
3
Total units with specialization81

Additional Requirements

  1. Students must earn a passing score of 165 on the Praxis 2 exam to demonstrate their competence in school psychology prior to completion of the program. Upon passing the Praxis 2 with a score of 165, the student is eligible to apply to become a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP).
  2. Students prepare a Graduate Research Project which includes a formal research paper and a program evaluation. The Graduate Research Project content summarizes a topic which the student chooses to study in depth. The evaluation is a reflection on professional growth during the program. The research portion of the project will be completed in EDPY 636/EDPY 690 for students entering the program in fall 2011. In addition to the Graduate Research Project, students are required to present their research paper to a panel.
  3. Students will complete a performance-based portfolio during Internship/Fieldwork.

Advisory Notes

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.

Students cannot pursue the Master of Arts in Education: Educational Counseling as a second master’s degree after completing the requirements for the Master of Arts in Education: Educational Psychology and Educational Specialist.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many units do I take each semester?
Most candidates are working adults and do not take classes full time. Half-time students take at least five units every 15 weeks. Academic advising is highly recommended to determine a suitable course load.

How long is a semester?
A semester is 15 weeks, including final exams.

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 classes meet once per week either in the evening or on a Saturday.

How many students will there be in my classes?
APU is noted for its small classes with personalized attention. Most courses do not exceed 20 students.

Does APU require theses, dissertations, or capstone projects?
The program requires each student to take a comprehensive exam and to write a final growth assessment paper.

How soon can I finish this program?
Depending upon the desired course load, working individuals can finish this program in three years.

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.