Empower Students and Families with an Educational and Clinical Counseling Degree
APU’s Master of Arts in Education: Educational and Clinical Counseling with embedded School Counseling Credential 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.
For students seeking California Clinical Counseling Licensure (LPCC), watch this video to assist you in making an informed decision prior to applying to the program. The Educational and Clinical Counseling degree meets the educational requirements for California’s Professional Clinical Counselor Licensure, but the Educational Counseling Degree does not. Learn more about the distinctions in this video to determine which degree pathway is right for you.
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 2019 rankings, and also ranked No. 22 for First-Year Experience, No. 23 in Service Learning, and No. 31 in Campus Ethnic Diversity. In addition, Forbes and The Princeton Review included Azusa Pacific in their America’s Top Colleges 2019 and 2020 Best Western Colleges rankings, respectively. Azusa Pacific is also a military-friendly Yellow Ribbon University, serving more than 500 military-connected students and families, and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an R2 Doctoral Research University.
Note: This information is current for the 2021-22 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.