M.ED. School Counseling

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COST PER CREDIT $610* (financial aid & scholarships available)
COURSE FORMAT Evening classes
APPLICATION DEADLINE Jan. 1 for early consideration. All other applications should be submitted by Feb. 1.

*for the 2016-17 academic year


  • Foster positive development in children and adolescents.
  • Encourage and support students in achieving personal goals in education and in life.
  • Whitworth’s dedicated placement office will assist you in securing employment.
  • Learn from the best: Whitworth’s own Ron Prosser, Ed.D., is Washington State Counselor Association’s 2013 Counselor Educator of the Year.
  • In 2014, every school counselor intern at Whitworth passed the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam, a national exam.

Obtaining your master’s degree in counseling will give you the groundwork you need to be able to help students achieve their educational goals. Whitworth’s Master of Education in School Counseling Program will equip you with the skills to prepare students for success both in and out of the classroom. School counselors serve an integral role in the lives of students, performing a variety of tasks, including career guidance, post-secondary planning, parent education, individual and small-group counseling, trauma and crisis intervention.

At Whitworth, you’ll learn how to help students face everyday challenges, expand their opportunities, and prepare for their future. Train with Ron Prosser, Washington School Counselor Association’s Counselor Educator of the Year for 2013, and other experienced faculty as you reinforce your call to serve others. Whitworth’s M.Ed. in School Counseling Program continues to be recognized as one of the best in the region, placing graduates in high demand.

Classes Scheduled for Working Adults

Whitworth’s M.Ed. in School Counseling Program is designed for busy, working adults, with courses offered in the evening for your convenience. Each class meets only once weekly, and some online courses are available. You can earn your master’s degree and residency ESA certification in only 53 credits and complete the program in as little as three years.

Enhance Your Career Opportunities

With a regionally recognized program that puts graduates in high demand for job opportunities, Whitworth’s M.Ed. in School Counseling Program will prepare you with the knowledge and skills to become an exceptional counselor in education, or to take on a more effective role in teaching or administration. Whitworth’s placement office is dedicated to helping you secure employment, even before you graduate.

Whitworth has a long history of providing school districts with professional, certified counselors who are well-prepared to help students achieve their educational goals. With courses that integrate faith with the legal, ethical, social and cultural considerations in counseling, along with a practicum placement to utilize the skills you learn in the classroom, you’ll leave Whitworth with a strong foundation and the experience you need to secure employment after you graduate. It’s part of Whitworth’s dedication to your success, both academically and professionally, and an extension of Whitworth’s Christian mission to prepare professionals who are called to serve children with compassion and love.

Required Core Courses (18 credits)

EDC 509 Research for Counselors - periodically offered online
3 Credits

School Counseling Courses (22 credits)

Clinical Experience (13 credits)

Can I work while studying in the school counseling program?

Most students are able to work full time during the first two years of the program. Because practicums and internships are completed in the schools, working while in practicum is dependent on the flexibility of each student’s employment.

I don’t work in a school. Will I need to work in a school for the completion of the program?

While you are not required to work at a school prior to entrance into the program, you will need to finish two separate counseling internships at a school to complete the program.

Do I need teacher certification to enter the program?

No. Teaching credentials are not required to enter the school counseling program or to be hired as a school counselor in Washington.

How long will it take for me finish this program?

Full-time students typically complete the program in three years. Part-time students can finish the program in as little as four years.


Whitworth's mission is to provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.

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