Director of School Counseling Services, Educational Services Certification - Graduate - 2015 University Catalog

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.


Complete 12 semester hours, including the following 2 requirements:


    Complete the following 4 courses for 12 semester hours:

    COUN 587 Administration and Supervision of Guidance Programs (3 hours lecture) 3
    ELAD 521 Education Law (3 hours lecture) 3
    ELAD 540 Differentiated Supervision (3 hours lecture) 3
    ELAD 680 Leading Curriculum Change for Student Achievement (3 hours lecture) 3

    Provide verification of 3 years full-time school counselor experience. Must be signed on original school letterhead.

Course Descriptions:

COUN587: Administration and Supervision of Guidance Programs (3 hours lecture)

Developing and administering programs of student registration, theory and techniques of scheduling, and supervisory responsibilities of the director of guidance. Coordinating guidance activities in a multi-school district or agency. Examination of current guidance practices; formation of proposals for improvement in programs where the student is working as a counselor and/or director. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Certification in School Counselor.

ELAD521: Education Law (3 hours lecture)

This course immerses students in the practice of school law as it relates to legal theory, practical politics, the relationship of a school district's organization to other units of government, various state boards of education, and the appellate functions of the state and federal court systems. Students study school law through a pragmatic process of applying the federal and state constitutions, statutes, regulations, board of education policies, and case law. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Graduate students in Educational Leadership (ELAD), Principal (PRIN), Supervisor (SUPR), Director of School Counseling (DSCS) or departmental approval.

ELAD540: Differentiated Supervision (3 hours lecture)

In this course, students examine the supervisory roles of school leaders in supporting effective teaching and student learning. They learn about the processes of clinical supervision, coaching, and mentoring, and develop the knowledge and skills to ensure effective instruction through collaboration, observation, analysis, feedback, and evaluation of instruction. All students engage in simulated and authentic supervision of classroom practice through a variety of techniques. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Graduate students in Educational Leadership (ELAD), Principal (PRIN), Supervisor (SUPR), Director of School Counseling (DSCS) or departmental approval.

ELAD680: Leading Curriculum Change for Student Achievement (3 hours lecture)

This course will help students make the transition from thinking of curriculum for a particular subject within a classroom setting to thinking of the philosophical frameworks that help shape curriculum and the curricular approaches and professional learning for school staff that will increase student achievement. Students will develop an understanding of the nature of the presented curriculum and learn how to effectively restructure that curriculum and create professional learning opportunities in response to staff and student emerging needs. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ELAD 635; Graduate students in Educational Leadership (ELAD), Principal (PRIN), Supervisor (SUPR) or departmental approval.