The M.A. in Counseling/Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Professional Counseling, offered through Seton Hall University's College of Education and Human Services, prepares competent, socially conscious and reflective professional counselors who are able to meet the needs of a diverse society. Students will learn to promote optimal human development and empower clients to solve personal, interpersonal, career and other mental health problems, using a wellness model to diagnose, counsel and implement treatment for these clients.
Who Should Apply?
Students with a bachelor's degree who wish to pursue a license-eligible degree in counseling should apply to this program. A degree in psychology is not required. For specific requirements, click on admission.
The M.A. in Counseling/Ed.S. in Professional Counseling includes a 48-credit master's program and an additional 12 credits of advanced-level practice and knowledge courses for a total of 60 credits. The program provides foundational courses for understanding individual and systems behavior. Throughout the duration of the program students will gain knowledge and skills in the following areas:
- Individual appraisal and assessment diagnosis and treatment planning;
- Individual and group counseling in agencies, counseling centers and dependent practice;
- Crisis intervention and community disaster response;
- Prevention and early identification of personal and interpersonal problems;
- Consultation and collaboration in multi-service agencies and institutions;
- Developmental, clinical and peer supervision models;
- Career counseling and lifespan development;
- Advocacy for clients and community outreach to under-represented groups;
- Work in a multicultural environment;
- Counselor self care;
- Professional ethics; and
- Preparation for licensure and independent practice.
A capstone project or comprehensive exam is required of all students, usually completed in the final semester of field placement. For specific program information, click on curriculum. Click on the following link to view the Masters in Counseling and School Counseling Student Handbook.
Graduates of the M.A. in Counseling/Ed.S. in Professional Counseling program are working as professional counselors in community agencies, hospitals, schools, university counseling centers and private practice in the tristate area and around the country.