The mission of the School Counseling program at Seattle University is to prepare professional school counselors to be ethical, reflective, and multiculturally competent leaders and change agents to work in K-12 schools, both public and private. The School Counseling program at Seattle University has a rich tradition of preparing professional school counselors for nearly four decades.

Seattle University’s School Counseling program is a national leader in preparing graduates to be professional school counselors. The program holds the distinction of being the first school counseling program in Seattle to be accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The program received CACREP accreditation in 2011. CACREP is the leading accrediting body for master’s level counseling programs in the country. The School Counseling program is also ranked as the top graduate counseling program in Seattle by Top Counseling Schools based on program completion rate, job placement rate, licensing exam pass rates, accreditation length, research productivity of faculty, and cost of tuition and fees.

The counseling faculty are also national leaders in their respective areas of research. Counseling faculty are involved at the state and national levels regarding school counseling issues. This School Counseling program is the only program in the nation where school counselor graduates are eligible to pursue Washington State chemical dependency certification upon graduation. This distinction positions our school counseling graduates to address substance abuse issues affecting K-12 youth in schools.

Graduates of the program leave with a deep understanding of the academic, career, and social/emotional issues impacting K-12 youth, they possess the knowledge and skills to create a compressive school counseling program, and they have a deep commitment to social justice.

Program Features

“SU’s School Counseling program empowered and challenged me to be the best counselor that I can possibly be. This program has given me the tools and confidence to make a difference in the education field.” 

Tyah Young School Counseling alumna

The School Counseling Program prepares students for Residency level Educational Staff Associate (ESA) Certification in K-12 settings, public and private.

School counseling program objectives are to develop: 

College of Education

Over 80 years, our College of Education has graduated more than 11,000 students. With our alumni becoming notable leaders who spearhead systemic change and inspire future generations as administrators, teachers, counselors, school psychologists, principals, superintendents, deans, community college faculty as well as college and university presidents.

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Dr. Mary Amanda Graham and Department Chair, Dr. Manivong J. Ratts.
Dr. Mary Amanda Graham and Department Chair, Dr. Manivong J. Ratts.

When you pursue our master’s degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling at Seattle University, you are eligible to pursue post-master’s chemical dependency certification required to do addiction counseling — all integrated into one degree. Read more in this SeattleMet Magazine interview.