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L.A. Sheriffs Department University Partnership

The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) is pleased to partner with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) University—a consortium of universities whose mission is to provide LASDU students with accessible, multi-varied learning programs that will enhance personal and professional growth and promote a lifelong commitment to learning. This goal is aligned with GSEP’s mission to cultivate graduates with a focus on purpose, service, and leadership.

LASD University students and their qualifying family members*, as well as city, county, state, and federal employees, are eligible for 5 percent tuition scholarship. Additional financial aid and other scholarships are available to all students who qualify.

* Spouses, as well as children who apply to the program by age 25.

EDUCATION DIVISION

  • Master of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship and Change 
    • Students explore the root causes of local and global social and economic problems, and develop models for sustainable solutions. Applicable for students interested in working in advocacy, philanthropy, or nonprofit management.
    • Curriculum builds business, management, and leadership proficiency, and includes real-world preparation through a hands-on global change experience.
    • The technology-blended format, with 40 percent online coursework and 60 percent face-to-face sessions, is accommodating for the working professional. The program can be completed in less than two years (or 5 terms, even while working full-time).
  • Master of Arts in Learning Technologies (Online)
    • 85 percent of coursework is conducted online.
    • Can be completed in as little as one year.
    • Action research projects provide practical experience applicable to your workplace.
    • Faculty mentorship and tight-knit cohort model offer supportive learning environment.
    • Awarded 2007 Best Practices Platinum Award for Online Distance Learning Programming by the United States Distance Learning Association.
    • Click on link above to view video.
  • Master of Arts in Education
    • Coursework can be completed in as little as one year.
    • Technology blended format - 75% face to face / 25% online.
    • Students complete an Action Research Project rather than a thesis.
    • Students may select one of the following strands:
      • Educational Psychology - A more clinical study of development and issues affecting school children and their families. Enrolls in the fall at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campuses.
      • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - The program is designed for local candidates intending to specialize in teaching English Learners and international candidates wishing to study the teaching of English. Cohort model offers a collegiate, tightly-knit, team environment for students to participate in shared learning, and professional network building. All classes are aligned with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages programs (2008). Classes are offered on weeknights at the Irvine Graduate Campus.
  • Master of Arts in Education for Teacher Preparation
    • Technology blended format - 75% face to face / 25% online.
    • Coursework can be completed in just 11 months at West Los Angeles, Encino, Irvine, and Westlake Village Graduate Campuses.
    • Professional development schools offer hands-on training.
    • Program is recognized by school districts across the nation and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The teaching credential program is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
  • Master of Science in Administration and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential
    • Prepares educators to become principals, site-based managers, and other school leaders. Graduates will be eligible for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, which qualifies recipients to serve as school administrators or supervisors at any level in elementary or secondary education in the public or private school setting.
    • Technology blended format of 60 percent face-to-face meetings balanced with 40 percent online segments.
    • Designed for professionals employed full-time and can be completed in 11 months.
  • Ed.D. in Learning Technologies
    • Technology-blended curriculum with 60 percent face-to-face meetings and 40 percent online segments designed for the working professional.
    • Integrated coursework and applied learning to benefit your current organization
    • Competitive training in new media, knowledge creation and collaboration, and emerging technologies; and in conducting formal research and evaluation, as well as support throughout the program and dissertation process.
    • Invitation to the American Educational Research Association conference where students interact with leading researchers in the field.
    • Opportunity to discuss technology and education policy with national leaders in Washington, DC and to participate in an international experience to provide a global perspective on technology and learning.
    • Cadre system to encourage close personal and professional relationships.
  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership
    • Traditional classes that meet one evening a week and occasionally on weekends or Global Access format of 40% online and 60% face-to-face sessions.
    • Course projects tailored to reflect and enhance your professional practice.
    • Integration of the latest Internet technologies.
    • Cohort model provides group collaboration and professional networking.
  • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy
    • Hybrid format with 40 percent distance learning and 60 percent face-to-face learning in seminar sessions allows students to work full-time.
    • Diversity in the types of organizations and change methods studied; demographic composition of student cohorts and faculty; and research and learning methods.
    • Curriculum integrates concepts such as ethics, social science, leadership, model building, creative and critical thinking, cross-culturalism, and communication.

Prospective students of the Education Division may attend an information meeting or contact Tammy Hong at 310-568-5622 or to schedule a personal consultation.

Psychology Division

  • Master of Arts in Psychology
    • Open to students whose bachelor's degrees are in fields other than psychology.
    • Classes offered on afternoons and weeknights at the West Los Angeles, Encino, and Irvine Graduate Campuses.
    • Most students work while enrolling in six to nine units each semester. Consequently, it is possible to graduate in approximately 18 to 24 months. Students are able to begin this program in in the fall (September), spring (January), or summer (May).
    • A master's thesis is not required.
    • The program meets prerequisite requirements for application to the Doctor of Psychology program at Pepperdine University, although completion of the degree does not guarantee admission to the doctoral program.
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (Day)
    • Offers a clinical and practice-based course of study, emphasizing current, applied methods of psychotherapy. Instruction is based on a variety of theoretical orientations and therapeutic modalities that are practiced regularly in mental health today.
    • After completing the prerequisites for practicum, students are assisted in locating appropriate field placements and begin their supervised clinical experience toward MFT license requirements.
    • A master's thesis is not required.
    • The program meets prerequisite requirements for application to the Doctor of Psychology program at Pepperdine University, although completion of the degree does not guarantee admission to the doctoral program.
    • Classes offered at Malibu Campus.
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (Evening)
    • Offers a clinical and practice-based course of study, emphasizing current, applied methods of psychotherapy. Instruction is based on a variety of theoretical orientations and therapeutic modalities that are practiced regularly in mental health today.
    • After completing the prerequisites for practicum, students are assisted in locating appropriate field placements and begin their supervised clinical experience toward MFT license requirements.
    • A master's thesis is not required.
    • The program meets prerequisite requirements for application to the Doctor of Psychology program at Pepperdine University, although completion of the degree does not guarantee admission to the doctoral program.
    • Classes offered on afternoons and weeknights at the West Los Angeles, Encino, and Irvine Graduate Campuses.
    • Students are able to begin this program in in the fall (September), spring (January), or summer (May).
    • Bachelor's degree in psychology not required.
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy with Latinas/os
    • Collaborative cohort model 26 units of Latina/o-specific LMFT courses.
    • Experiential Spanish-language development courses for beginners and advanced students.
    • Language-immersion experience in a Spanish-speaking country.
    • Fulfillment of the academic requirements for LMFT or LPCC licensure eligibilityLatina/o emphasis courses offered only at the Irvine Graduate Campus.
    • Student cohorts accepted every fall.
  • Doctor in Psychology in Clinical Psychology
    • Prepares graduates to become licensed clinical psychologists.
    • Students complete three years of full-time course work and a one-year, full-time internship or a two-year, half-time internship. Students have the opportunity to gain essential clinical experience in the first year.
    • Opportunity to author a dissertation on the topic of your choice.
    • Small class size. Each September, the program enrolls approximately 26 students.
    • Classes are conducted at the accessible West Los Angeles Graduate Campus.

Prospective students of the Psychology Division may attend an information meeting or contact Nicole Bassett Goodkind at 310-568-5605 or nicole.bassett@pepperdine.edu to schedule a personal consultation.


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