Apply for your ESA cert online!

For more information please contact the Office of Graduate Studies:



Physical location
438 Old Main

Mailing address
Graduate Studies
5000 Abbey Way
Lacey, WA 98503

Office hours
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday

ESA school counselor program overview

Saint Martin’s University has developed an excellent reputation for educating compassionate, capable, effective school counselors over the last 20 years. Based on follow up studies of our graduates, 95 percent of each year’s graduates searching for positions have found jobs within one year. The program is flexible with most classes in the evenings. Many of our students work during the day. Although the program must be completed in seven years, the speed of completion is up to the student (up to a maximum of 12 credit hours per semester).

Certification approaches
Teaching certification is not required to be certified as an ESA school counselor in the state of Washington.

Two approaches to ESA certification are available. Those who have completed a master's degree prior to completion of our program can follow an ESA certificate-only approach. Those without a master's degree are required to complete our MED Program in the guidance and counseling strand.

Please see the ESA-MED handbook (PDF), and ESA Certificate Only handbook for more details.

Director of ESA program:
Dan Windisch, Ed.D.