In our programs, you will acquire the professional skills to work with diverse populations in school counseling, clinical mental health counseling and addictions counseling. The Counseling programs prepare students to be culturally competent social justice counselors to work with diverse populations of all ages in the following four areas: clinical mental health counseling, addictions counseling, school counseling and student affairs/higher education. Our diverse group of faculty members engage in scholarly research and hold national leadership positions in professional associations, including the American Counseling Association (ACA). Note that all programs are available for part-time or full-time study. Information on each of these programs is below.
PhD in Counseling
Our CACREP accredited PhD in Counseling program prepares individuals to work as faculty and administrators in colleges and universities, advanced clinicians and supervisors in mental health agencies and private practice, consultants, and school and agency leaders.
MA in Counseling, Addictions Counseling Concentration
The Addictions Counseling program consists of 60 credit hours, including three semesters of fieldwork, and prepares students to work with populations who are in recovery for various addictions (chemical and behavioral). Coursework meets the educational requirements for both the Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credentials. The Addictions program is currently under review for accreditation by the Council of Accreditation and Counseling Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
MA in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration
The CACREP-accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling program consists of 60 credit hours, including three semesters of fieldwork. Our graduates work with special issues including family and couples work, eating disorders, mental health transition, and other related issues of developmental challenges. Courses in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program meet the academic requirements for initial counselor licensure (Licensed Associate Counselor, LAC) and eventually towards an independent license (Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC).
MA in Counseling, School Counseling Concentration
The School Counseling Program consists of 48 credit hours, including three semesters of fieldwork. School counselors, formerly referred to as guidance counselors, work in K-12 settings in both public and private schools. We teach students about comprehensive school counseling programs consistent with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for school counselor certification in New Jersey, a required credential for the profession.
MA in Counseling, Student Affairs/Counseling in Higher Ed Concentration
The Student Affairs/Higher Education Program consists of 36 credit hours, including three semesters of fieldwork. The program prepares professionals to work on college and university campuses in a variety of student services capacities. Career services, student affairs, academic advising, student activities, international programs, and other student-focused offices employ our graduates.
Advanced Counseling Post Master’s Certificate Program
This 9-21 credit Advanced Counseling Certificate program is designed to fulfill state-level and national standards for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC). A master’s degree in counseling is required to apply for this program. Once admitted, students receive individualized programs of study based upon program and state requirements. Students may be required to complete clinical internships.
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certificate Program
The master’s level courses in the 18-credit Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certificate (CADC) program fulfill the educational requirements set by the Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey (APCBNJ) for CADC and LCADC eligibility. A bachelor’s degree is required to apply for this program. The Fast-Track CADC option allows students who have full-time jobs to complete the program in two semesters through both hybrid and online formats.
Director of School Counseling Services, Educational Services Certificate Program
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.
School Counselor, Post-Master’s Educational Services Certification
The 18-21 credit School Counseling Certification program is designed to fulfill national standards for School Counselors, and the educational requirements of the New Jersey Department of Education for Certified School Counselors. Two semesters of field experience in a K-12 setting are included in this program. A master’s degree in counseling or clinical social work is required.
Substance Awareness Coordinator, Educational Services Certification
The 24 credit Substance Awareness Coordinator (SAC) program fulfills the educational requirements required by the New Jersey Department of Education for individuals who wish to become Substance Awareness Coordinators/Student Assistance Coordinators in K-12 New Jersey schools. A school certification (i.e. teacher, school nurse) or a master’s degree is required to apply for this program.