The PhD in Counseling graduate program, located in the College of Education & Human Services, has received accreditation from the prestigious Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP has established rigorous standards for the preparation of counselors, and only about 21% of counseling graduate degree programs in the United States are accredited by CACREP. The PhD in Counseling program at Montclair State University is the first doctoral program in New Jersey to receive CACREP accreditation.
The vision of CACREP is to provide leadership and to promote excellence in professional preparation though the accreditation of counseling and related educational programs. As an accrediting body, CACREP is committed to the development of standards and procedures that reflect the needs of a dynamic, diverse and complex society. CACREP is dedicated to (1) encouraging and promoting the continuing development and improvement of preparation programs, and (2) preparing counseling and related professionals to provide service consistent with the ideal of optimal human development.
The PhD in Counseling 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. Our program affords students a unique, student-centered doctoral program experience:
- Students have the opportunity to develop scholarly expertise, tailored to the student’s specific interest, while also learning and engaging in faculty research.
- Intentional diversity is the signature of our program and is reflected in our faculty and students, research areas, and commitment to advocacy and social justice, and community engagement within local, regional, national and international communities.
- Our diverse renowned faculty of scholar-practitioners provide mentoring and advising in research, coursework, and the counseling profession.
- Our community includes full-time and part-time students who pursue individualized study in areas such as college counseling, higher education, counselor supervision, marriage and family counseling, clinical mental health counseling, play therapy, school counseling, career counseling, and addictions counseling.
Our graduates have found successful positions as:
- Faculty members in colleges and universities
- Agency directors
- College and university senior administrators
- Directors of school counseling
- Consultants, supervisors, and advanced clinicians
For more information about this program, and other programs in Counseling, please visit the department Web site.