Student Assistance Coordinator Certification

Coordinator: Lisa Ellis
Office: University Hall, Room 2201
Phone Number: 973-655-7267

The Student Assistance Coordinator Program meets the New Jersey educational requirements for the SAC. Minimum requirements into the program are a Master’s degree.


To be considered for admission into the Student Assistance 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.

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 Student Assistance Coordinator.

Course Requirements

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