MA in Counseling

Coordinator: Dr. Dana Levitt
Office: University Hall, Room 3169
Phone Number: (973) 655-2097
Email: levittd@mail.montclair.edu

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
 

Counseling - Masters, Certification and Certificate Programs Brochure
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.

View Program Brochure - Counseling MCCP

Course Requirements:

Professional Core Courses
Number Name Hours
COUN 552 Introduction to Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling* 3
COUN 577 Counseling Theories 3
ELRS 503 Methods of Research 3
COUN 579 Appraisal of the Individual 3
COUN 582 Career Counseling 3
COUN 584 Group Counseling: Theory and Practice 3
COUN 588 Counseling Techniques 3
COUN 595 Multicultural Counseling and Development 3
COUN 652 Introduction to Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling 3
COUN 531 Counseling Across the Life Span 3
 
Practicum: COUN 624
All students will be required to complete a 100-hour practicum in counseling course. In addition to specified prerequisites and co-requisites, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 and a minimum grade of B in COUN 588 to enroll in COUN 624.

Programs of Study:

Concentration Requirements and Electives (Choose one concentration)
Each Concentration has its own course requirements
A. Community Counseling (CACREP-Accredited)
Number Name Hours
COUN 604 Case Management and DSM Diagnosis 3
COUN 653 Special Topics: Community Mental Health Counseling 3
Choose one from among the following:
COUN 540 Introduction to Alcohol/Drug Counseling 3
COUN 568 Theories of Consultation 3
COUN 570 Counseling Adults 3
COUN 665 Ecotherapy: Applied Ecopsychology 3
COUN 673 Gender Issues in Counseling 3
COUN 564 Counseling Children and Adolescents 3
 
B. School Counseling (CACREP-Accredited)
Number Name Hours
COUN 581 Community Resources 3
COUN 583 Counseling in Schools 3
ELRS 580 Learning Theories 3
OR
PSYC 560 Advanced Educational Psychology 3
OR
PSYC 563 Theories of Learning 3
OR
PSYC 565 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology 3
 
C. Student Affairs in Higher Education (CACREP-Accredited)  
Number Name Hours
COUN 592 Theories of College Student Development 3
COUN 589 Student Services in Higher Education 3
Choose one from among the following:
ELAD 560 Workshop Seminar in Higher Education 3
ELAD 565 Two-Year Junior College 3
 
D. Addictions Counseling
Number Name Hours
COUN 540 Introduction to Alcohol/Drug Counseling 3
COUN 640 The Mentally Imapired and Chemically Addicted Client 3
HLTH 511 Biomedical and Psychosocial Perspectives on Drugs 3
 
Clinical Internship Requirements
Total Semester Hours: 6
Internship: COUN 654 (Internship in Counseling I) and COUN 674 (Internship in Counseling II)
All students are required to complete a 600-hour internship (300 hours during each semester's course) in their area of concentration, at the end of their program. Direct client contact, individual and group, is required. Students must meet the following requirements prior to being granted permission to enroll in internship:

(a) A minimum GPA of 3.00, and must be in "good standing" in the Counseling Program
(b) Successful completion of a minimum of 33 credits, which must include the prerequisites:
  • COUN 552 Introduction to Professional Counseling
  • COUN 577 Counseling Theories
  • COUN 584 Group Counseling: Theory and Practice
  • COUN 588 Counseling Techniques
  • COUN 595 Multicultural Counseling and Development
  • COUN 624 Counseling Practicum
  • At least one of the required courses in their concentration area

(c) Department approval.
(d) A minimum grade of B in COUN 588 (Counseling Techniques), and COUN 624 (Practicum in Counseling)
(e) Proof of professional liability insurance through the American Counseling Association
(f) Written approval of potential internship site placement by the Clinical Coordinator.

Note: Successful completion (i.e., grade of B or better) is required in COUN 654 (Internship in Counseling I) before enrolling in COUN 674 (Internship in Counseling II).

Course Sequencing

Courses are offered in fall, spring, and summer terms. There are course sequencing and prerequisites that students should discuss with their advisors in planning their programs. Suggested course sequences for full and part-time study are provided here, as well as a schedule of course offerings by academic term.‌

Course Sequences
Course Offerings by Term

Comprehensive Examination
Nearing completion of the program (i.e., after completing 33 semester hours), the student will register for the comprehensive examination given in the Fall or the Spring semesters.

This is a general guide for the MA in Counseling, and should not be considered an official program plan.

Practicum / Internship Manual

The clinical (practicum and internship) experience is the final step in training as a counseling student at Montclair State University. The "Practicum / Internship Manual" provides information including prerequisites, application and enrollment procedures, requirements, guidelines, and documentation to help students navigate through this process. Students should familiarize themselves with this manual early on in their program to best prepare for this culminating experience.

 
PROGRAM TOTAL: 48 credits

Admission Information:

All candidates must meet application and admission requirements as defined by The Graduate School.

Program Evaluation Summaries:

Each spring the Counseling Program conducts a systematic evaluation of our program constituents. The purpose of this evaluation process is to gain feedback to continue to develop the program with respect to curriculum, culture, preparation for professional counselor roles, and faculty engagement with the students. The CACREP accreditation standards require that these evaluation results are shared with constituents and are offered here for review. The following summaries reflect the results of surveys administered in the Spring 2012 semester. We sent surveys to current students nearing completion of the program, graduated students, internship site supervisors, and employers of our graduates. The final survey to employers did not yield results during this administration. We intend to contact employers again later in the Fall 2012 semester to ascertain their feedback.