School Counseling Certification (Post-Masters)
Coordinator: Dr. Leslie Kooyman
Office: University Hall, Room 3213
Phone: (973) 655-7182
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 School Counseling Certification program is designed to fulfill state-level and national standards for School Counselors. This program meets the highest professional standards according to the New Jersey Department of Education, and the national accrediting body, CACREP. This certificate will provide the additional credit hours necessary to obtain a NJ School Counselor Certification. The Department also offers the Director of School Counseling certification program through the Educational Leadership program area.
Counseling - Masters, Certification and Certificate Programs Brochure
The course requirements listed below apply to those students admitted on or after Fall 2008. Anyone admitted prior to this term should refer to their Analysis of Academic Progress on WESS or see your academic advisor for your official program of study.
|COUN 581||Community Resources||3|
|COUN 583||Counseling in Schools||3|
|COUN 579||Appraisal of the Individual||3|
|ELRS 580||Learning Theories||3|
*A minimum of 3-6 hours from this list of courses:
|COUN 531||Counseling Across the Lifespan||3|
|COUN 540||Introduction to Alcohol/Drug Counseling||3|
|COUN 564||Counseling Children and Adolescents||3|
|COUN 653||Selected Topics in Counseling (as announced and pertinent to school counseling)||3|
|EDFD 540||Cultural and Social Aspects of Education||3|
|Internship: 6 credits|
|The State of NJ requires a two semester, 600-hour internship practical experience, under supervision, in a K-12 setting.|
|PROGRAM TOTAL: 18-21 credits|
Minimum Requirements: This is a Post-Master's program, requiring a Master's in counseling or counselor education from an accredited U.S. college or university. This is designed to supplement a Master's degree in Counseling with the school-pertinent credit hours necessary in attaining a State of New Jersey School Counselor Certification. Included in the Master's degree must be a two-semester Counseling Internship experience of 600 total hours (300 each semester) in a K-12 setting. If this is not the case, those internship hours/courses will be additional to the requirements.
**NOTE: This program will provide the additional courses that are required, with the number and type of required credits being dependent upon the number of appropriate credits gained for the initial Master's degree, as well as the setting in which the internship hours were earned. Please refer to the attached Check Sheet, which lists all of the requirements of the MA in School Counseling Concentration from MSU, approved by the State of NJ.
Each matriculated certificate student will be advised on an individual basis in choosing the most appropriate courses for her/him. Students may be required to take additional credits to reflect current State of New Jersey and MSU requirements for the certification as a school counselor, as per the Check Sheet. Course substitutions may be approved depending on transcript review of the Master's degree, by the Post-Master's in School Counseling Program Advisor, and The Graduate School.
NOTE: The State of NJ requires a full Master's in Counseling to become eligible for a School Counseling Certification. For students not having the clinical pre requisites required by Montclair State University's CACREP-equivalent program, additional hours might be necessary. Each fully matriculated student will receive personal advising as to the best path.
All candidates must meet application and admission requirements as defined by The Graduate School.