Santa Clara University

School of Education and Counseling Psychology

Dean's Message

Since 2012, it has been my privilege to serve as dean of the School of Education and Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University. In my relatively short time leading the school, I’ve seen firsthand how our faculty inspires and transforms teachers, educational leaders, counselors, and therapists. Built upon more than a century of history educating teachers and more than 50 years of experience preparing mental health practitioners, our faculty and students alike share four common core values that serve as the foundation upon which we strive to enrich our community and the world.

  • Academic Excellence Through Engaged Teaching and Learning
  • Education of the Whole Person (Cura Personalis)
  • Multiculturalism and Social Justice
  • Innovative Education for Conscience and Compassion

We live in both challenging and exciting times, where the need to help others is great and is exceeded only by our aspirations to meet these needs. As our world continues to diversify, it is critical that we focus our efforts to ensure access and equity of education and mental health services to those that have been traditionally underserved in our society.

We offer a variety of master’s, certificate, credentialing, and advanced study options alongside a Center for Professional Development that provides continuing education to those both locally and globally. We utilize blended learning as well as traditional on-campus approaches to achieve our graduate students’ education goals.

Alongside our long-standing degrees in teacher education, educational leadership and administration, and counseling psychology; many of our programs offer cutting-edge areas of specialization to meet the unique needs of our local and global communities such as emphases in Latino counseling, Catholic school teaching and leadership, alternative and correctional education and psychology, and international education.

What sets our school apart from our peers is a holistic and community-based approach that simultaneously bridges our students’ self-transformation within the classroom and the community. Our student community, comprised of both new and seasoned professionals, creates a diverse and rich learning environment where students build on existing experience. Our faculty invite students to bring these professional and personal experiences forward in the classroom and beyond.

The School of Education and Counseling Psychology is located in a remarkable setting. Few places are better suited to the exploration of today’s most critical social issues. Santa Clara resides in the heart of the Silicon Valley, a region that provides multifaceted diversity in the realms of history, culture, innovation, and economic growth and development. Located in the South Bay, we are close to the delights of San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Cruz, the Pacific Ocean, and the Napa Valley.

Our school strives to inspire, educate, and transform future educators, leaders, and mental health practitioners who are compassionate, humanistic, socially engaged, and ethically critical of the continuing challenges of education and mental health. The success of our alumni regionally, nationally, and globally serves as evidence of the results of our approach to higher education.

To learn more about our graduate and continuing educational offerings, I encourage you to explore our website. Watch the videos of our students and faculty and learn more about our programs. In addition, I personally invite you to schedule a campus visit, attend an informational session, observe a class, or participate in our Prospective Graduate Student Conference to begin to envision yourself here.

We look forward to welcoming you to our community and supporting you during this important journey!


Nicholas Ladany, Ph.D.