Guided by strong dedication to academic excellence and service to society, the School of Education and Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University educates compassionate, competent, and ethical professionals committed to meaningful and supportive engagement with diverse people, schools, and communities built on the foundation of our Core Values.
Who We Are
You have found us because you are interested in making a difference in the world: You want to have a positive impact on children, families, individuals, and your community. You are called to education or counseling in some way, and we believe that our programs are the ideal place for you to explore these interests, deepen your skills, understanding and knowledge, and embark on a new career.
We invite you to explore our MA programs in Counseling Psychology, Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, and Interdisciplinary Education, as well as the opportunities available through the Center for Professional Development and Jerry Smith’s Coaching for Life Academy. In many areas of education, we have programs specially tailored to Catholic educators as well as those for public, charter and independent school students.
At Santa Clara University, we are mission and values driven. In our work, we are inspired by the Jesuit traditions of:
Educating men and women for others Our purpose is not just to provide you with an education, but also to inspire you to use that education in the service of others.
Cultivating leadership with a purpose We will help you develop your capacity for leadership in whichever field you pursue, but Jesuit leadership is centered on making the world a better place.
Intellectual depth and challenge We will challenge you intellectually to explore new ideas and points of view, and to learn new ways of looking at the world around you.
“Cura Personalis” or “Educating the whole person” While challenging you intellectually, we also focus on educating the whole person, with individualized attention to the needs of students and an appreciation of what each of us brings to our work.
We are dedicated to serving the racially and ethnically diverse Bay Area in ways that are meaningful and effective. Our Latino Counseling program is unique and allows Counseling Psychology students to gain specialized knowledge to better serve diverse communities. Similarly, our partnership with the Foundation for Hispanic Education and the availability of education courses on our East San Jose campus enable students the chance to learn about teaching in the context of several highly effective charter schools targeted to the needs of a community not always well served in education.
We are excited by the work our faculty and students do here at the School of Education and Counseling Psychology. You are joining a community of scholars, teachers, and counselors whose commitment to social justice and having a positive impact can be seen in all their work. At Santa Clara University, we offer you the opportunity to explore how counseling psychology and education can be a vehicle to improving lives, organizations, and communities in a wide range of contexts.
We invite you to explore our degree programs and the opportunities available to you here at SCU. Dig around on the website; call and ask questions; come to an information session, or visit a class in session. Come join us!
Mission & Vision
Guided by strong dedication to academic excellence and service to society, the School of Education and Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University educates compassionate, competent, and ethical professionals committed to meaningful and supportive engagement with diverse people, schools, and communities.
- Academic Excellence Through Engaged Teaching and Learning
We believe the advancement of knowledge, theory, research, and application is facilitated through active and engaged teaching and learning practices focused on the development of students’ professional competence, conscience, and compassion.
- Education of the Whole Person (Cura Personalis)
We believe meaningful comprehensive learning occurs when student learning encompasses and integrates both personal and professional development in service to humanity. We also believe that learning is a constant and continues after graduation and beyond. This approach supports an open and welcome respect for all religious and philosophical traditions and is derived from the centuries-old Jesuit educational mission and Catholic identity.
- Multiculturalism and Social Justice
We believe education is enriched by valuing people from all backgrounds (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality, language, culture, religion, economic status, age, ability, etc.). Moreover, we are committed to serve and advocate with underrepresented, underserved, and disenfranchised populations locally and globally.
- Innovative Education for Conscience and Compassion
In order to meet the needs of diverse learners and to reach individuals, schools, and communities most effectively, we commit to the idea that education must innovate and move beyond standard practices by using cutting-edge technologies and pedagogical approaches.
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Santa Clara University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
The following credentials are offered by the School of Education and Counseling Psychology and accredited by the California Commission of Teacher Credentialing:
- Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
- Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential
- General Education Clear Credential
- Preliminary Administrative Services Credential
- Clear Administrative Services Credential
The California Board of Behavioral Sciences has approved Santa Clara University's programs for both MFT and LPCC training.