Director of School Counseling Services (Certification) at Montclair State University

Director of School Counseling Services (Certification)

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Director of School Counseling Services (Post-Master’s Certification)

The Director of School Counseling Services Certification authorizes the holder to serve as a director, administrator or supervisor of school counseling services, including the supervision of educational activities in areas related to and within the counseling program in grades preschool through 12.

The Director of School Counseling certification program combines the fields of counseling and educational leadership, and therefore includes courses from both fields in the Department of Counseling and Educational Leadership. The program objectives reflect the fact that skills and dispositions from both are needed to be a successful leader of a comprehensive guidance program.

Along with the certificate in Director of School Counseling Services, the following degrees are also offered: Master’s degree in Addiction CounselingMaster’s degree in Clinical Mental Health CounselingMaster’s degree in School CounselingMaster’s degree in Student Affairs/Counseling in Higher Education, and a PhD in Counseling.

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

Admission Requirements
  • Master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • A standard NJ educational services certificate with a school counseling endorsement or its out-of-state equivalent.
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.
  • 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 Director of School Counseling Services Post-Master’s Certification program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Two Short Answer Questions (250-350 Words each). The prompts are:
    • Describe a time when you demonstrated leadership in your school/district OR describe a challenge you have faced that has influenced your leadership approach.
    • The Ed. Leadership Department at Montclair State University aims to prepare culturally responsive and anti-racist leaders who create more equitable schools and a more just society. Describe some ways you could contribute to supporting equity and diversity in your school/district.
  • NJ School Counselor Certification (or out-of-state equivalent)
  • Resume: Required.
  • Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the US degree equivalency information.

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

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Director of School Counseling Services (Post-Master’s Certification) 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.*

Program Coordinator: Carla P. Engstrom
Office: University Hall
Telephone: 973-655-7718