Santa Clara University

School of Education and Counseling Psychology

Dean's Message

Welcome to the School of Education and Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the School of Education and Counseling Psychology is built upon the Jesuit principles of preparing women and men who embrace service to others, ethical living, the pursuit of truth, and a commitment to social justice; it is our goal that all who receive an education from our programs leave as dedicated practitioners of the “3C’s”: Conscience, Competence, and Compassion.

The School’s four core values of Academic Excellence through Engaged Teaching and Learning, Education of the Whole Person (Cura Personalis), Multiculturalism and Social Justice, and Innovative Education for Conscience and Compassion are ever present in the minds of our faculty and staff. We engage our students in exceptional learning experiences that are student-centered, flexible and innovative, high quality, rigorous, and social justice oriented. These experiences lead to highly effective classroom teachers, academic leaders, and mental health practitioners in both the public and private sectors.

This is a rapidly changing era of reform, accessibility, and accountability in both education and healthcare. Reducing pervasive disparities in society—locally, nationally, and globally— is a fundamental goal and should factor prominently in critical discussion, implementation, and evaluation of these changes. This realization underscores the significance of our mission to prepare compassionate, competent, and ethical professionals committed to meaningful and supportive engagement with diverse people, schools, and communities.

Our students understand that, while they may live and work within the many cities surrounding Santa Clara they are, indeed, members of the global community. Our dedicated staff and accomplished faculty nurture the great potential, ambition, and interests of our students, and prepare graduates who are well positioned as agents of change to make the world a better place.

Our fully accredited programs, by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the California Board of Behavioral Science, are among the most respected in the region. I invite you to browse our site and learn more about the education and counseling psychology programs offered within the SECP.


Carol Ann Gittens, Ph.D.

Interim Dean, School of Education and Counseling Psychology