Director of School Counseling Services (Cert.)

Counseling and Educational Leadership

Academic Programs: Graduate
Director of School Counseling Services Certification

Coordinator: Dr. Eunice Grippaldi
Office: University Hall, Room 3194
Phone Number: (973) 655-7718


The Director of School Counseling Services Certification authorizes the holder to serve as a director, administrator or supervisor of school counseling services, including the supervision of educational activities in areas related to and within the counseling program in grades preschool through 12.

The Director of School Counseling certification program combines the fields of counseling and educational leadership and therefore, includes courses from both fields in the Department of Counseling and Educational Leadership.The program objectives reflect the fact that skills and dispositions from both are needed to be a successful leader of a comprehensive guidance program. Completers of the program will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the meaning and significance of fundamental guidance/counseling concepts, principles and theories.
  • Develop and refine a personal philosophy of education and social consciousness committed to social justice and culturally responsive learning and consistent with the goals of the College of Education and Human Services and the guiding principles of the Network for Educational Renewal.
  • Develop and refine characteristics required for effective leadership.
  • Analyze educational organizations and plan programs and strategies for increasing organizational effectiveness.
  • Be skilled in using techniques to facilitate interpersonal and group problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Be skilled in managing change and conflict in educational endeavors.

The development and implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program requires a collaborative effort among well-trained, highly competent professional school counselors. The director of school counseling services ensures that highly qualified school counselors are hired, and that professional development, consultation and supervision are provided for all counseling employees. The director also provides leadership for the development and implementation of an effective comprehensive school counseling program. These responsibilities include promoting and coordinating the design, delivery, evaluation and improvement of comprehensive school counseling programs in a systematic manner to improve the academics, attendance and behavior of all students.

Course Requirements:

The course requirements listed below apply to those students admitted on or after Fall 2010. 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.

Number Name Hours
ELAD 521 School Law 3
ELAD 540 Differentiated Supervision 3
COUN 587 Administration and Supervision of Guidance Programs 3
ELAD 680 Leading Curriculum Change 3
PROGRAM TOTAL: 4 Courses - 12 credits

Additional Requirements:

Master’s Degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university.

A Standard NJ educational services certificate with a school counseling endorsement or its out-of-state equivalent.

Three years of successful school counselor experience under a standard NJ or out-of-state school counselor certificate in grades preschool through 12 prior to admittance into the program.