At a Glance

Program units


Average completion time

24–36 months

Cost per unit


Base cost




*Base Cost (cost per unit x program units) is provided to aid in program comparison only.

All stated financial information is subject to change. View additional tuition information.

Clinical Counseling

APU’s Master of Arts in Education: Educational and Clinical Counseling with embedded School Counseling Credential and LPCC Respecialization Certificate in Clinical Counseling program equips candidates with a comprehensive understanding of the educational and mental heath issues facing students and families today.

The master’s degree integrates the Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling and preparation to meet California state licensure requirements for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). This versatile combination of credential and certificate allows candidates to pursue careers in the K–12 school setting, while also preparing counselors for the clinical, mental health field.

Graduates are positioned to empower students and families as they navigate the mental health issues that impact personal and academic growth.

Program Highlights

  • Combines the master’s degree with credential program requirements, equipping students to advance their career.
  • Renders the graduate highly marketable and qualified to serve as a professional counselor in an educational or clinical setting.
  • Offers an efficient path toward the dual goal of meeting state requirements while earning a prestigious advanced degree from a leading Christian university.

Learn more about the program and our faculty.

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), which is transitioning to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), 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.

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2016 rankings, placing in Tier One at No. 175 in the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2016 Best Colleges in the West, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2016, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their educational dreams.

Note: This information is current for the 2015-16 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.