School Counselor, Post Master's Educational Services Certification - Graduate - 2015 University Catalog

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.


SCHOOL COUNSELOR

18-21 hours are required depending on credit hours previously earned within Masters program. 18 semester hours-21 semester hours remain.

  1. CORE COURSES

    1. Complete to earn 6 semester hours

      COUN 581 Community Resources (3 hours lecture) 3
      COUN 583 Counseling in Schools I (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. Complete 3 semester hours from the following list

      COUN 579 Appraisal of the Individual (3 hours lecture) 3
      EDFD 582 Learning Theories (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. ELECTIVES

    Complete 3 semester hours-6 semester hours of electives from the following list.

    COUN 564 Counseling Children and Adolescents (3 hours lecture) 3
    COUN 570 Counseling Adults (3 hours lecture) 3
    COUN 653 Selected Topics in Counseling (3 hours lecture) 3
    EDFD 540 Cultural and Social Aspects of Education (3 hours lecture) 3
  3. INTERNSHIP

    The State of NJ requires a 2-semester, 600 hour practical experience under supervision in a K-12 setting. Complete .

    COUN 654 Internship in Counseling I 3
    COUN 674 Internship in Counseling II 3

Course Descriptions:

COUN564: Counseling Children and Adolescents (3 hours lecture)

This course will provide an overview of theories and techniques of counseling children and adolescents in school and clinical settings. The course is designed to help counseling graduate students develop a knowledge base of skills, theories, and research into critical issues needed for contemporary counseling with children and adolescents. Emphasis will be placed upon a thorough understanding of developmental processes as well as the counselor's role as a facilitator of those processes which enhance resiliency and build cognitive, social and academic success. 3 sh.

COUN570: Counseling Adults (3 hours lecture)

Based on current developmental models, this course provides theoretical frameworks from which to understand the needs of adults who seek counseling. Effective approaches and practical applications for various adult populations will be addressed, with special attention to matters of diversity. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Graduate students with majors in the Counseling and Educational Leadership department (CNEL) department only, COUN 577.

COUN579: Appraisal of the Individual (3 hours lecture)

Examines the use, selection, administration scoring and interpretation of standardized inventories/tests related to the field of counseling. This psychological testing course is designed to provide students with experience using a variety of assessment tools related to treatment planning in counseling in schools, agencies and other settings. Practical experience in test administration and interpretation required. Testing fee. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: COUN 552 and COUN 577 and EDFD 503.

COUN581: Community Resources (3 hours lecture)

In this course, students explore the role of global, national, state, local, and indigenous community agencies, organizations, and other resources in effective counseling practice. In addition to becoming familiar with various resources through direct contact, visits, and research, students learn techniques for facilitating client referrals including effective assessment of clients' issues and concerns. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Graduate students with majors in the Counseling and Educational Leadership Department only; and COUN 577.

COUN583: Counseling in Schools I (3 hours lecture)

In this course, students explore school counseling from its early development as a vocational service, through its evolution to the current initiatives focused on promoting academic, career, social and emotional development for all students from a systemic and systematic approach. Emphasis is placed upon the comprehensive roles and responsibilities of contemporary school counselors using the American School Counselor Association National Model. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: COUN 552, COUN 588 and Matriculation in Graduate Counseling Program, Counseling w/conc: School Counseling (CNSC) and School Counselor Certificate program (SCCO) or department approval.

COUN653: Selected Topics in Counseling (3 hours lecture)

This course provides counseling professionals in public, private and nonprofit settings with knowledge about current issues, developments and trends affecting their work and organizations. It will examine strategies to improve professional effectiveness and delivery of services in the face of significant changes impacting the practice of counseling. May be repeated twice for a maximum of 9.0 credits as long as the topic is different. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Graduate students with majors in the Counseling and Educational Leadership department only.

COUN654: Internship in Counseling I

This two-part sequential culminating course is the third of the clinical core in the graduate counseling program. This course requires the students to participate in field placement appropriate to their chosen specialized population, community agency, school or higher education setting. Interns will complete a total of 300 semester hours each semester of direct and non-direct work with clients at the site as per national and state standards. Case presentation, clinical observation, and direct counseling one-to-one and in small groups is required. Weekly class supervision seminars on campus are required as well as weekly supervision with an on-site supervisor. Recording of client contact and non-direct contact hours are entered in an on-going log to be presented at the end of the semester. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Counseling majors with a minimum of 33 credits earned in program, COUN 624 with a minimum grade of B, COUN 552 COUN 577, COUN 584, COUN 588, COUN 595, COUN 624, COUN 583 for majors with a concentration in School Counseling, COUN 604 for majors with a concentration in Community Counseling, one specialty course for majors with a concentration in either Student Affairs/Higher Education or Addictions Counseling, Departmental approval.

COUN674: Internship in Counseling II

This is the second of a two-part sequential culminating course in the clinical core in the graduate counseling program. This course requires the students to participate in field placement appropriate to their chosen specialized population, community agency, school, or higher education setting. Interns will complete a total of 300 semester hours each semester of direct and non-direct work with clients at the site as per national and state standards. Case presentation, clinical observation, and direct counseling one-to-one and in small groups is required. Weekly class supervision seminars on campus are required as well as weekly supervision with an on-site supervisor. Recording of client contact and non-direct contact hours are entered into an ongoing log to be presented at the end of the semester. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Graduate students with majors in the Counseling and Educational Leadership department only, COUN 654 with a minimum grade of B, departmental approval.

EDFD540: Cultural and Social Aspects of Education (3 hours lecture)

Examination of various facets of society that have impact on the educational system: economic, political, social, ethnic and religious forces as they relate to problems of educational systems. Field studies included. 3 sh.

EDFD582: Learning Theories (3 hours lecture)

Study of the learning process and its measurement as it applies in the classroom and non-school settings. Previous course ELRS 580 effective through Spring 2013. 3 sh.