School Counselor, Post Master's Educational Services Certification - Graduate

Coordinator: Dr. Edina Renfro-Michel
Office: University Hall, Room 3215
Phone: (973) 655-5381

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 graduate programs in Counseling offer several advantages:

  • Opportunities for alternative scheduling in the form of face-to-face, hybrid, or Saturday classes to meet the needs of the working student
  • The opportunity to master counseling skills in a technologically state-of-the-art counseling laboratory, which allows students to record, archive, and review their own counseling practice sessions, which enhances their ability to serve future clients
  • A diverse group of faculty members actively engaged in scholarly research who hold national leadership positions in professional associations, including the American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • A theory-to-practice model of instruction that allows students to gain practical experience in schools, community agencies, and colleges and universities
  • An emphasis on the infusion of multicultural counseling and social justice practice in all courses
  • A vibrant and diverse student body that has the opportunity to engage with faculty members on research and present at professional conferences

The School Counseling Certification program is designed to fulfill state-level and national standards for School Counselors. This program meets the highest professional standards according to the New Jersey Department of Education, and the national accrediting body, CACREP. This certificate will provide the additional credit hours necessary to obtain a NJ School Counselor Certification. The Department also offers the Director of School Counseling certification program through the Educational Leadership program area.

Program Requirements

18-21 credits are required depending on credit hours previously earned within Masters program.

Core Courses
COUN 581Community Resources3
COUN 583Counseling in Schools I3
COUN 579Appraisal of the Individual3
or EDFD 582 Learning Theories
Select one or two of the following:3-6
Counseling Children and Adolescents
Counseling Adults
Selected Topics in Counseling
Cultural and Social Aspects of Education
The State of NJ requires a 2-semester, 600 hour practical experience under supervision in a K-12 setting.
COUN 654Internship in Counseling I3
COUN 674Internship in Counseling II3
Total Credits18-21