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.
- 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.
School of Education Accreditation
Azusa Pacific University receives accreditation from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). 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 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 that your degree will be recognized throughout the United States and internationally.
Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2017 rankings, placing at No. 183 in Tier One of the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2017 Best Colleges in the West, Forbes ranked APU among the best schools in the nation for 2017, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2017, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their education dreams.