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Statement of Purpose Prompt and Guidelines

A statement of purpose must be a clear and legible draft focusing on the specific guidelines to the program and the chosen emphasis you are applying for at the School of Education and Counseling Psychology. Respond to all parts of the prompt statement must state applicant’s commitment to Social Justice, Multiculturalism and Diversity. Please limit your statement to two pages – typed and double-spaced. You must not receive any assistance writing or editing the personal statement; it must be your own original work.

  • General education clear credential program for Catholic School Educators: Please are write a statement focused on your recent Catholic school teaching experiences, including:
  • For Teacher Education, Preparation, and Advanced Studies Candidates, MATTC and CatMAT programs: Recall an experience you had working with children or youth in a formal, organized setting in the United States within the past 3 years. Provide a description of the experience (e.g., context, students, program, grade) and explain what aspects of this experience you found most engaging and/or meaningful. Also explain how this experience aligns with the mission of the department of education "...to prepare professionals of competence, conscience, and compassion who will promote the common good as they transform lives, schools, and communities."
  • For Counseling and Counseling Psychology programs: Include your reasons for entering the mental health profession, related experiences, and any unique reasons for selecting Santa Clara University. All writing of the statement of purpose must be your own original work.
    1. Relevant background information about the context and the specific work you have done;
    2. A description of the aspects of the work you find most engaging and/or meaningful.
  • Educational Leadership and Administration Candidates: Please write a statement focused on your recent experiences as a teacher, school counselor or in another certificated position in a school or district office, including:
    1. Relevant background information about the context and the specific work you do;
    2. A description of the aspects of the work you find most engaging and/or meaningful; and
    3. A thoughtful discussion of the impact of your experiences on your personal and professional learning goals for the administrative services credential program, the Master of Arts in Educational Administration degree program, or the SCU certificate in Catholic School Leadership.
  • Non-degree Candidates: Please write a 250-500-word statement of purpose for pursuing graduate coursework in the School of Education and Counseling Psychology. All writing of the statement of purpose must be your own original work.