Robyn Brammer, PhD
Psychology Building, room 118
The MEd and Certification programs in School Counseling train specialists to provide individual and group counseling in the schools and to consult with parents and teachers concerning the social, educational, and developmental tasks of children and youth.
The State Board of Education’s standards for certification of school counselors require that the candidate complete an approved master’s degree program in counseling which has been developed in concert with school and professional organizations. CWU is affiliated with and Educational Staff Associate (ESA) professional Education Advisory Board for the preparation of school counselors. The program emphasizes supervised practicum and field experiences. Upon completion of the master’s degree and certification program, the individual will be qualified for the residency-level certificate as a school counselor in the state of Washington. Candidates for residency certification generally follow the two-year program leading to the master of education degree in school counseling. Candidates who have already earned a master’s or doctoral degree in a related field, such as education, special education, mental health counseling, and school social work are not required to earn a second master’s, but must complete all requirements for the MEd degree and certification program in school counseling, with the exception of the thesis or project. The certification program also requires satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination.
Prerequisites: PSY 362 and 363 (or approved equivalents) may be taken concurrently with certain program courses. In addition, the following undergraduate courses are strongly recommended: personality or abnormal; social or developmental; learning; physiological, and a course in history and systems of psychology. Students not having these courses should expect to do additional work when prior course knowledge is needed. Please note the background check and liability insurance requirements described in the general departmental information section.