Santa Clara University

School of Education and Counseling Psychology

Mission, Vision, and Core Values

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.  

Core Values

I. 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.  

II. 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. 

III. 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.  

IV. 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.


Meeting with his holiness the Dalai Lama was a true honor. He is like human sunshine. I am grateful to be part of a University that holds compassion and the work he does with such reverence and respect. Santa Clara University continues to inspire me.

-Dr. Shauna Shapiro, Professor of Counseling Psychology