Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (Certificate) at Montclair State University

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (Certificate)

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Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (Certificate)

The Counseling programs at Montclair State University prepare students to become multiculturally competent counselors in a variety of work settings. Students are prepared to work with diverse populations in elementary and secondary schools, community agencies, student affairs positions in colleges and universities, and substance abuse treatment facilities. The academic preparation follows guidelines established by state licensure and certification boards.

The courses in the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certificate program fulfill the educational requirements set by the Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey (APCBNJ) for CADC eligibility. If they choose, students may apply to matriculate concurrently in the MA in Counseling program.

Have more questions about the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (Certificate) program? Visit this link to learn more about curriculum, upcoming events and the benefits of Montclair State.

Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

The Office of Graduate Admissions requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the application page for international students to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

If you are seeking an F-1 or J-1 visa from Montclair State University, you are not eligible for the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor program.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: Rolling admission. Although admissions are rolling it is on a space-available basis.
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (Certificate) program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Essays/Personal Statement: Please explain your interest in the Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor program, any relevant work (paid or volunteer), and how you might use this degree to advocate for your population of interest.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Beginning with the Spring 2021 semester, two letters of recommendation are required

This program is comprised of 5 courses for 15 semester hours. The graduate programs in counseling offer opportunities for alternative scheduling in the form of face-to-face, hybrid, or Saturday classes to meet the needs of the working student. For more information, please visit the program listing in the University Catalog.


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Email: graduate@montclair.edu
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (Certificate) Program Coordinator:

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*

Clinical Specialist: Lisa Gavin
Office: University Hall, Room 2201
Email: ellisli@montclair.edu
Telephone: 973-655-7267