School Counseling

Program Information

The MEd school counseling program prepares professional counselors for employment in educational settings and is designed for those students intending to apply for the state educational staff associate certificate endorsed in school counseling at the elementary and secondary levels. Certification as a public school teacher is not required for admission to the program. The school counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The program contains a thesis option for those students interested in pursuing a research project related to the degree program.


The program prepares knowledgeable, skilled, culturally sensitive, and ethical professional counselors who meet the relevant licensing or credentialing standards for practice in mental health and public and private educational settings in the State of Washington.

Application Requirements

  • All applicants must complete the Graduate School's ApplyWeb application and pay the $100 application fee.
  • Within the application you will be prompted to upload an unofficial transcript from each institution attended. If admitted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  • Additional application materials are specified below. Applications will not be forwarded to the department for review until all required materials have been received by the Graduate School.
  • International Applicants: Please review the requirements for information regarding Degree Equivalency, English Language Proficiency and student VISA requirements.

Additional Application Requirements

  • Three (3) Letters of Reference
    • Each reference should be no more than 1 year old. Must include at least one from a professor who can comment on academic abilities.
  • GRE scores (not required if you hold an advanced degree - Master's, PhD, JD, MD, etc.)
  • Professional resume: include all work and volunteer experiences relevant to counseling with children/youth
  • Statement of Purpose (formerly referred to as "Counseling Questionnaire"): Please write a brief essay answering the following questions and requests for information: 1. What stimulated your interest in school counseling as a career? 2. What do you consider to be the current role of the school counselor to promote equity and access for all students? 3. What academic and professional experiences and personal qualities make you a strong candidate for graduate training in counseling? 4. Why are you interested in the school counseling program at WWU?

Application Deadline

  • Fall: February 1