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.

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

*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.

 


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.

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

 

CONTACT US

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

 

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