M.A. in School Counseling

M.A. in School Counseling

Master of Arts in School Counseling

The Master of Arts in Counseling with School Counselor Certification prepares school counselors to work in P-12 schools. The program is approved by the New Jersey Department of Education. The curriculum provides core courses toward licensure. Additional course electives can be taken to meet licensure requirements. Program graduates will: 

  • Provide developmentally responsive counseling and consultation for elementary, middle and high school students and families. 
  • Integrate evidence-based counseling practices into comprehensive school counseling programs, including Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, play therapy, career and college counseling, and developmental group counseling. 
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to deliver prevention and intervention programs, including Intervention and Referral Services, character education, personal learning plans, teacher advisor programs, suicide response, peer mediation, emergency preparedness, crisis intervention, and disaster response. 
  • Advocate for at-risk students to strengthen resilience and to overcome obstacles to education. 
  • Consult with community agencies and resources to improve the academic, personal, social, and career development of all students. 
  • Evaluate school counseling practices and programs using current research and technological methods.

For more information about school counselors, please visit the American School Counselor Association.

Click here for a school counseling program sheet.

 


CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS

Phase 1 Courses (24 credits):

Course Number

Course Title*

Credit Hours

COUN 601 Orientation to Professional Counseling and Ethics 3
COUN 603 Counseling and Development Across the Life Span  3
COUN 605 Counseling Theories 3
COUN 606 Research Methodology and Program Evaluation 3
COUN 607     Group Process 3
COUN 608 Counseling Skills 3
COUN 609 Differential Diagnosis of Maladaptive Behavior 3
COUN 663 Career Counseling and Development 3

NOTE: Effective fall 2012, new students in the MA in Counseling Program will complete COUN 601 successfully within the first 9 credits of the program. Taking the course in the first semester is highly recommended.

 

Phase 2 Courses (15 credits):

Course Number 

Course Title* 

Credit Hours 

COUN 604 Appraisal and Assessment in Counseling 3
COUN 616 Counseling, Consultation, Referral, and Resources in Schools 3
COUN 629 Multicultural Counseling 3
COUN 632 Family and Couple Counseling 3
COUN 636 Group Counseling Theory and Practice 3

 

Phase 3 Courses (9 Credits):

Course Number

Course Title*

Credit Hours

**COUN 690 Practicum in Counseling 3
**COUN 694 Internship I 3
**COUN 695 Internship II 3

 

*View our course catalog for detailed course descriptions.
** Prerequisites: Permission of the Clinical Coordinator, approval by the Clinical Committee, and 30 credits successfully completed before beginning Practicum, including COUN 601, COUN 605, COUN 607, and COUN 608.

Practicum and Internship may not be taken in the same semester, and each course must be successfully completed in sequential order. The Practicum application must be submitted to the Clinical Coordinator at least one semester before the student plans to begin Practicum. The Clinical Committee reviews the student’s readiness in the three core areas: Knowledge, Skills and Dispositions. Go to Forms and Documents to find the Practicum and Internship Manual. 

NOTE: To comply with minimum time requirements according to CACREP standards, beginning Summer 2014, Internships I and II will no longer be offered during the summer sessions. Internship I and II will only be offered during the Fall and Spring semesters. Please click here for more details.

 


ELECTIVE COURSES FOR COUNSELOR LICENSURE

Additional electives can be taken to meet the 60-credit educational requirement for the Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) application. Students must develop a planned program with their advisor and fulfill requirements specified in the New Jersey statute and regulations found at http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/proc/

Course Number

Course Title*

Credit Hours

COUN 631 Psychopharmacology 3
COUN 642 Play Therapy 3
COUN 644 Parent and Child Play Therapy 3
COUN 650 Foundations of Addictions Counseling 3
COUN 652 Assessment, Treatment Planning, and Interventions in Addictions Counseling 3
COUN 686 Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning in Counseling 3
COUN 703 Independent Study in Counseling 3
COUN 715 Consultation and Program Evaluation 3

*View our course catalog for detailed course descriptions.

CONTACT US

Yumiko Ogawa, Chair
Rossey Building, Room 536
Email: yogawa@njcu.edu
Tel: 201-200-2474

 

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