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Substance Awareness Coordinator Certification

The Substance Awareness Coordinator Program (Student Assistance Coordinator) meets the New Jersey educational requirements for the SAC. Minimum requirements into the program are a school certification or a Master’s degree.


To be considered for admission into the Substance Awareness Coordinator (SAC) Certification Program, and to be eligible for the SAC Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS), at the time of application, the candidate must hold:

  • A standard instructional certificate, or a school psychologist, school social worker, school counselor, director of school counseling services or school nurse endorsement, or
  • a valid Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) credential issued by the New Jersey Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee of the Marriage and Family Board, or
  • a valid Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) credential issued by the Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey, or
  • hold a master’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university as identified in the New Jersey Department of Education requirements.

A Master of Arts in Counseling with a SAC focus meets State requirements for certification of eligibility. With the required choice of an advanced certification, credential, or MA degree, as stated above, followed by the completion of the approved SAC coursework at Montclair State University, the State Education Department will issue a SAC Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (Employment Certificate), which is processed through the University. This will enable students to seek a supervised internship/employment placements as a provisional Substance Awareness Coordinator.

Course Requirements

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Applications for certificate programs can be completed online through The Graduate School.

Coordinator: Lisa Ellis
Office: University Hall, Room 3241
Phone Number: 973-655-7267