Course Requirements

Complete the following 8 courses for a total of 24 semester hours:


Number Name Semester Hours
COUN 540 Introduction to Substance Abuse 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 in Educational Settings 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: ( - 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 MA 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.