School Counseling (M.Ed.) with ESA Certification
Be sure to read this important overview and information, including application information, about outcomes for graduate students in the Master of Education in School Counseling program.
A School Counseling "Certificate Only" program is also available for those who already hold a master's or other advanced degree.
MASTER OF EDUCATION IN SCHOOL COUNSELING
The Master of Education in School Counseling program is designed to prepare individuals for a school counseling position in the elementary, middle, or high school.
This degree is nationally accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and its successful completion will qualify the student for a Washington Initial Educational Staff Associate (ESA) PK–12 certificate as a school counselor.
A year-long (9-credit) internship comprises a part of the degree program in school counseling. This vital, integrative experience, in which you conduct supervised counseling in a school setting, has as its primary objective the provision of practical experiences in the duties and activities of the school counselor.
The internship includes a minimum of 600 hours participation in a variety of meaningful activities related to the competencies required by the state of Washington knowledge base for school counselors (WAC 181-78A-270), as well as those recommended by the School of Education.
It is recommended, but not required for admission, that applicants for this program have previously obtained experience working as an educator (e.g., teacher, para-educator, teacher's assistant) and/or a bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, education, or a related field with one to two years' professional experience assisting children.
Exceptions must be approved through the chair of school counseling by calling 206-281-2286.
You will be introduced to the program through the autumn Graduate Student Dinner hosted by the SPU’s Graduate Center, as well as through an experiential course, EDCO 6600 Introduction to Systems Theory, conducted at Blakely Island Field Station. Upon completion of the course, you will possess a clear understanding of the school counseling program, including its requirements, expectations, faculty, mission, and philosophy.
For all program courses, the course content and skill development are taught and learned through a wide variety of instructional methods, including didactic and PowerPoint and online presentations, experiential (in class and in K-12 school settings) activities, individual student and small group work, student presentations, professional speaker panels, in-class and in K-12 supervised skill practice, online discussions, etc.
If you otherwise qualify to enter the school counseling program and already have a master's or other advanced degree, you need not complete a second Master's Degree in School Counseling to obtain ESA (Educational Staff Associate) Certification as a school counselor.
It is necessary for you to complete only the major courses (48 credits), internship (9 credits), and comprehensive exam. Some coursework may be waived based on prior relevant graduate-level courses taken within the last five years.
A comprehensive two-hour essay examination is usually completed during the last quarter of coursework or the quarter thereafter.
Comprehensive exams are scheduled once per quarter. When you are planning to take the exam, contact the Graduate Programs Manager one month in advance. To take the comprehensive exam, you must have completed all school counseling courses (except the internship).
You must submit the following materials for admission into the program:
All applicants must also have a personal interview with the school counseling faculty.
APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS QUESTIONS
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