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Counseling and Educational Leadership

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 MA 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 PhD program in Counseling is the only face to face CACREP accredited PhD program in New Jersey. Students are prepared to work in the field of counseling as educators, administrators and advanced practitioners with a social justice and advocacy emphasis.

In the NCATE-accredited MA in Educational Leadership program, eligible students can obtain a standard Supervisors Certificate as well as a Principal Certificate of Eligibility.  For students already 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. The MA is offered in multiple formats, including a flexible program, the Fast Track option for the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership that allows students to earn a 36-credit degree and principal and supervisor certification in 14 months while working full-time, the fully online program, and off-site programs within New Jersey.

Contact Counseling and Educational Leadership
University Hall Room 3162

Hours of Operation

Between September and May, all academic departments in the College of Education and Human Services will be open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

During the summer months, from June through August, the University is closed on Fridays. College departments and offices are open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.