The school counseling track leads to the ESA K-12 certificate in Washington State. Individuals working towards a master's degree complete a predetermined, twelve unit, plan of study that leads to the certificate and the M.Ed. degree. Occasionally courses may be waived based on prior coursework. These determinations are usually made at the time of admission. All candidates must complete a 400-hour internship in a K-12 setting under the supervision of university faculty and an on-site supervisor. Students intern at a range of school districts around south Puget Sound.
Candidates who hold a master's degree in a related field have the option of enrolling in the certificate-only program. These candidates must meet the same admission requirements as degree-seeking applicants. Faculty develop individualized plans of study to ensure that all requirements are met. This process is a collaborative one that involves examining transcripts and resumes. Certificates are only valid in Washington State and may or may not transfer to other states. Our certification officer, Karen Stump, can provide helpful information. She can be reached at 253.879.3382.