Who Should Pursue This Program
To be eligible for the ESA (School Counseling) Certificate program, you must hold a master's degree.
Like the MEd in School Counseling, the conceptual framework of the ESA (School Counseling) Certificate program at SPU is based on theory and research that support a developmental, systemic approach to facilitating healthy development of students. This framework is built on the premise that school counselors
- are integral to a comprehensive developmental approach to education,
- focus on preventive and developmental strategies,
- are guided by sound educational interventions based on empirical research and best practice,
- stress collaboration and consultation with other school personnel and community resources to meet the needs of all students,
- maintain the highest level of professional and ethical competence.
As a student in the ESA (School Counseling) Certificate program, you will complete the same academic requirements as students seeking the MEd in School Counseling, excluding the 12-credit Professional Core. These requirements include the following:
- School Counseling Major Core Courses (51 credits)
- Internship (9 credits, 600 hours extending over an entire school year)
- Comprehensive Examination
Students without a strong educational background may be required to take the Education Block (one additional 3-credit course plus 100 hours of classroom observation) as part of the program.
Applicants must submit the following items to Graduate Admissions:
- Application and $50 application processing fee.
- Official transcript documenting bachelor's degree (including official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended).
- Official transcript documenting master's degree (including official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended).
- Note, to be considered official, transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the college or university. Transcripts may be delivered to Graduate Admissions as long as they remain in their original, unopened university envelope. Electronic transcripts received via eSCRIP-SAFE or Parchment Exchange are also acceptable.
- If your degree is not from a US college or university, please arrange for your transcript to be evaluated by an accredited transcript-evaluation company, such as FIS or WES. Have the report forwarded directly to Graduate Admissions.
- Personal statement (1–2 pages).
- Two letters of recommendation.
- Copy of current teaching certificate, front and back (if applicable).
- Moral Character and Personal Fitness Policy form (available in the online application).
- Character and Fitness Supplement form (available in the online application).
- Personal interview with School Counseling faculty member.
April 1 (Applications are accepted any time prior to April 1.)
For more information about student graduation rates, median debt, and other important information about SPU's ESA Certification-only program, please visit http://spu.edu/depts/idm/EducationalStaffAssociate2017.html.