Counseling and Educational Leadership

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The Department of Counseling and Educational Leadership (CEL) grants two different Master of Arts degrees, and one doctoral degree, a PhD in Counseling.

In the M.A. in Counseling program, students are prepared to work with diverse populations of all ages in the following four areas: Addictions Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling and Student Affairs/Higher Education. Program concentrations in Addictions Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The concentration in Student Affairs Counseling in Higher Education was CACREP-accredited through Spring of 2017. CACREP changed the focus of their accreditation from Student Affairs in Higher Education to College Counseling and Student Affairs, designed to prepare graduates specifically for positions in college and university counseling centers. We decided not to pursue accreditation in that concentration as most of our students in the Student Affairs concentration seek broader student affairs positions.

The Ph.D. program in Counseling, the only one within a 248-mile radius, is a premier program with an excellent faculty. Students are prepared to work in the field of counseling as professors, clinicians, deans or high level student affairs professionals, directors of school counseling, and consultants.

In the NCATE-accredited MA in Educational Leadership program, students obtain a standard supervisor certificate as well as a principal certificate of eligibility.  For students holding a master’s degree, the program offers advanced certifications in the areas of supervisor, principal and director of guidance. In addition, the program offers the opportunity for an additional internship to qualify the student to obtain the school administrator certificate of eligibility. Additionally, the Fast Track option for the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership allows students to earn a 36-credit degree and principal and supervisor certification in 14 months while working full-time. 

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Montclair, NJ 07043


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