Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Gainful Employment Disclosures for the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Program

The Department of Counseling and Educational Leadership at Montclair State University offers courses designed to fulfill the academic requirements set by the Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey (APCBNJ) for CADC eligibility.  Each course provides 45 domain credits, as well as graduate or undergraduate college credits. The courses may be taken toward certification only, or they may be part of a Master's degree program.


Students who successfully complete the Master's in Counseling program with a CADC focus will fulfill the total educational clock hours (270) required by the APCBNJ. After completing the coursework at MSU for a Master's degree, full certification or licensure would include these additional requirements:

  • 3000 hours of supervised work experience, including at least 300 hours of supervised practical training in all core course areas;
  • Participation in at least 30 alcohol and drug abuse self-help meetings;
  • Successful completion of an oral and written examination

Please consult the website and the consumer Affairs Division if you have questions or need further information. http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/alcohol/index.htm 

Sequence for CADC
COUN 540, Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Counseling
COUN 545, Community Resources: Alcoholism/Substance Abuse Counseling
COUN 590, Counseling the Alcoholic and Substance Abuser
COUN 591, Seminar in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling
HLTH 511, Biomedical and Psychosocial Perspectives on Drugs
COUN 640, Mentally Impaired/Chemically Addicted Client (MICA)

Link to Counseling, Human Development and Educational Leadership Homepage:


All candidates must meet the basic admissions requirements for graduate study at Montclair State.  The completion of a major from an accredited college or university is preferred.  Candidates with degrees in closely related areas will be considered, although prematriculation coursework may be required.


Credentials are processed as soon as they are received.  This program does not have a specific deadline; however, The Graduate School recommends that students submit their credentials as far in advance as possible for the semester they plan to begin their studies to ensure a timely review of their application.

TO APPLY TO THIS PROGRAM, PLEASE VISIT http://www.montclair.edu/graduate/prospective-students/applications/