Substance Awareness Coordinator Certification
The Counseling programs at Montclair State University prepare students to become multiculturally competent counselors in a variety of work settings. Students are prepared to work with diverse populations in elementary and secondary schools, community agencies, student affairs positions in colleges and universities, and substance abuse treatment facilities. The academic preparation follows guidelines established by state licensure and certification boards.
The graduate programs in Counseling offer several advantages:
- Opportunities for alternative scheduling in the form of face-to-face, hybrid, or Saturday classes to meet the needs of the working student
- The opportunity to master counseling skills in a technologically state-of-the-art counseling laboratory, which allows students to record, archive, and review their own counseling practice sessions, which enhances their ability to serve future clients
- A diverse group of faculty members actively engaged in scholarly research who hold national leadership positions in professional associations, including the American Counseling Association (ACA)
- A theory-to-practice model of instruction that allows students to gain practical experience in schools, community agencies, and colleges and universities
- An emphasis on the infusion of multicultural counseling and social justice practice in all courses
- A vibrant and diverse student body that has the opportunity to engage with faculty members on research and present at professional conferences
The Substance Awareness Coordinator program offers students the opportunity to take a sequence of post-baccalaureate courses required by the New Jersey Department of Education for individuals who wish to become Substance Awareness Coordinators in K-12 schools.
Counseling - Masters, Certification and Certificate Programs Brochure
Complete the following 8 courses for a total of 24 semester hours:
|COUN 540||Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Counseling||3|
|COUN 545||Community Resources: Alcoholism/Substance Abuse Counseling||3|
|COUN 564||Counseling Children and Adolescents||3|
|COUN 588||Counseling Techniques||3|
|COUN 591||Family Seminar: Alcohol and Substance Abuse counseling||3|
|ELAD 521||Education Law||3|
|ELAD 531||Program Planning and Development||3|
|HLTH 511||Biomedical and Psychosocial Perspectives on Drugs||3|
To be considered for admission into the Substance Awareness Coordinator (SAC) Certification Program, and to be eligible for the SAC Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS), at the time of application, the candidate must hold:
- A standard instructional certificate, or a school psychologist, school social worker, school counselor, director of school counseling services or school nurse endorsement,
- a valid Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) credential issued by the New Jersey Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee of the Marriage and Family Board,
- a valid Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) credential issued by the Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jerseyor
- hold a master’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university as identified in the New Jersey Department of Education requirements.Additional requirements apply. Please visit: (http://www.nj.gov/education/code/current/title6a/chap9.pdf - pages 247-254)
A Master of Arts in Counseling with a SAC focus meets State requirements for certification eligibility. With the required choice of an advanced certification, credential, or M.A. degree, as stated above, followed by the completion of the approved SAC coursework at MSU, the State Education Department will issue a SAC Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (Employment Certificate), which is processed through the University. This will enable students to seek a supervised internship/employment placement as a provisional Substance Awareness Coordinator.
*Applicants will only be considered for admission into the SAC program, if they meet one of the requirements listed above, at the time of application.