Impact Lives and Improve Students’ Futures

The Master of Education in Professional School Counseling program at City University of Seattle will prepare you to work as a school counselor and can be taken in conjunction with a state residence certification. The program incorporates the American School Counselor Association model, which is the recognized framework for delivering student-centered, high-quality, data-informed school counseling services to K-12 students in the United States.

This cohort-based structure includes classes on weekends and online instruction throughout the week (80 percent in-class and 20 percent online learning), allowing you to fit your school work around your current work week.

If you want to impact lives and improve the futures of students in Washington state, this degree is a step in reaching that goal.

The master’s in school counseling is taught by experienced K-12 faculty and current practitioners who integrate educational theory with real-world application. Full-time students typically complete their master’s in guidance and counseling in two years.

ESA Certification

You can take a 54-credit version of this degree that includes Washington State Educational Staff Associate (ESA) residency certification, which will qualify you to work as a counselor in any public K-12 school in Washington State.

Admissions Requirements

You need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university documenting a 2.75 cumulative GPA to enroll in this program. If you already have a master’s degree in counseling, an ESA-only program may be available to you.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the Master of Education Professional School Counseling program, you’ll learn:

  • The comprehensive school counseling model, delivery, management, and accountability systems
  • Societal issues that affect children and families
  • Developmental norms in children and adolescents within the context of historic and current theoretical models
  • Major theories of counseling and their application to the P/K-12 school setting
  • The utilization of group work in K-12 school settings to support student success
  • The impact of family structures and parenting on the K-12 student
  • How to increase student motivation
  • Measurement tools that assess academic achievement, aptitude, psychosocial norms, and career and vocational interest
  • Health issues that affect students in the schools
  • The leadership role of the school counselor


Total Required Credits (49 Credits)

For full course descriptions please visit the 2019-2020 Course Catalog. 

Required Courses

EGC 501 Introduction to School Counseling (3)

EGC 502 Societal Issues in Counseling (3)

EGC 503 Child-Adolescent Growth and Development (3)

EGC 504 Counseling Theory and Practice (4)

EGC 505 Group Counseling (3)

EGC 506 Family Structures (3)

EGC 507 Career Counseling/Information Systems (3)

EGC 508 Counseling Testing and Appraisal (3)

EGC 509 Health Issues in Schools (3)

EGC 510 Leadership for Change (3)

EGC 514 Counseling Practicum (1)

EGC 516 Tools for Academic Inquiry (3)

EGC 526 Current Issues in Education (3)

EGC 596 Multicultural Counseling (3)

EGC 620 Counseling Practicum (1)

Elective Credits (7 Credits)

Choice of 7 elective credits from a list of approved courses by the program.

Many graduates of this program go on to work at public schools throughout the state; however, your professional school counseling education through CityU will transfer well to other human services organizations, such as:

  • Private agencies
  • Community colleges
  • Independent schools

If you’re seeking further advancement, this master’s is a great stepping stone toward CityU’s Doctor of Education in Leadership.

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.