School Counseling

As a school counseling candidate, you will work with children and their families at multiple grade levels and be inspired by their strengths and resilience in meeting unique academic and life challenges.

The M.Ed. program purposefully integrates intentional school-based placements in local public schools with coursework focused on learning culturally sensitive counseling skills that may be applied with students, family members, and staff.

Upon completion of this program, which can be accomplished within two years, you will earn a Master of Education degree and a Washington State residency certificate in school counseling, allowing you to counsel at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Puget Sound’s school counseling program is approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board to operate in Washington State. Effective Fall 2019 the Master of Education in Counseling program will require a 15-unit program of study that is consistent with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accreditation standards. The University of Puget Sound is currently seeking this new accreditation. Pending approval of the accreditation process, candidates who graduate within 18 months from the time the first CACREP compliant cohort completes the program will be recognized as completing a CACREP program.

Strong Mentoring

Mentors intentionally support your growth as a counselor.

Collaborative Cohort

The M.Ed. cohort model creates an interactive environment in which learning happens with and from colleagues.

Personalized Placements

We intentionally match personalities and counseling styles to create the best learning experiences and opportunities for your growth.