Why Apply to Puget Sound

As you evaluate master's programs in education, there are several important factors you will want to consider to make sure you choose a program that best meets your needs. We invite you to take a closer look at Puget Sound based on our record in the following areas:

Teaching and Counseling
There are many ways to enter the teaching and counseling professions. At Puget Sound, we focus on just two master’s degree tracks—one in teaching and one in counseling—with faculty dedicated to and focused on the success of students in these programs.  The effect of having just two program tracks is that faculty are devoted to clearly articulated goals and experiences.

Personalized Mentorship
Preparation for working effectively with young people requires mentorship in addition to a strong curriculum. At Puget Sound, the ratio of tenured professors to students is 8:1 in the classroom, and full-time field instructors lower the ratio to 5:1. Personalized mentorship provides you with extensive guidance and feedback.  This is more important today than ever before because apprenticeship into a professional role as a teacher or counselor requires more guidance than what is learned in a lecture or textbook. 

Exceptional Faculty
Learn from the best! Our full-time tenured faculty are members of a top national liberal arts college.  Puget Sound distinguishes itself from its peers through its dedication to high-quality teaching. Faculty have diverse teaching and counseling experiences in grades K-12: urban and rural, public and private, and in thriving school districts as well as impoverished ones. Faculty are closely involved with local schools and pursue a broad range of scholarship in contemporary education and mental health issues. 

Full-time and Part-time Options
The M.A.T. program is a carefully designed cohort program that requires a full-time commitment and your full engagement in the transformative process of becoming a teacher. In 12–15 months, you will be certified and have a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. The M.Ed. program leads to K-12 school counseling certification in Washington state and can be completed part-time, in the evenings. Most candidates complete the program in two to three years. M.A.T. applicants who may take longer than 12–15 months to complete the program are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Contact Karen Stump at 253.879.3375 or kstump@pugetsound.edu to discuss your options.

Personalized Student-Teaching and Counseling Internship Placement
Puget Sound provides three different school-based placements, a breadth of classroom experience few other teacher preparation programs offer. We customize your student teaching and counseling internship placements at the elementary, middle, or high school level based on your interests and goals, in 17 school districts with more than 100 schools. Mental health internships can be arranged at a variety of agencies and settings in the local area.

Reciprocity with other States
When you graduate, you will be fully certified by the state of Washington, receiving a Washington State teaching license with reciprocity in 50 states and all U.S. territories. Our graduates teach and work in many states and in international schools around the world. (Reciprocity for the school counselor certificate is somewhat more limited, so candidates should investigate the requirements in their destination state.) The Puget Sound program is widely known with strong interest in hiring our graduates.

Hit the Ground Running
University of Puget Sound is consistently among the top three colleges in the state of Washington for M.A.T. graduate employment placement, and graduates are certified in the spring (earlier than most other programs). This means you can substitute for the remainder of the school year, networking with school administrators and earning an income immediately after graduation. It also puts our students into early consideration for fall job placements. Our track record in counseling is equally strong; even in recent years when the job market has been weak, most graduates have found employment in the counseling field.