The M.A. in School Counseling, offered through Seton Hall University's College of Education and Human Services, prepares competent, socially conscious and reflective counselors for work in ethnically, geographically and socially diverse K-12 educational settings. The program prepares school counselors to maximize the potential of all students through comprehensive developmental school counseling programs, and develops skills as competent school counselors and effective consultants, collaborators, advocates and leaders in an ever-changing global society.
A Unique Approach
The program of study meets the credentialing requirements set by the NJ Department of Education. Further, the program works to follow the standards set forth by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Who Should Apply?
Individuals with a bachelor's degree who wish to pursue New Jersey certification as a school counselor should apply to this program. For specific application procedures, click on admissions.
The M.A. in School Counseling is a 48-credit program consisting of foundation, counseling and clinical courses culminating in a school counselor internship. Throughout the program students gain the knowledge and skills to:
- Advocate for the academic, career and personal-social success of every student;
- Implement a comprehensive school counseling program to promote systemic school reform;
- Consult with teachers, parents and school staff to promote a positive environment for learning;
- Provide counseling, prevention and early identification services to help children and adolescents achieve optimal development;
- Empower students and their families to overcome educational difficulties through a multidisciplinary team intervention approach; and
- Provide crisis intervention, disaster response and coping strategies to students and families in the school community.
For detailed program requirements, click on curriculum.
Graduates of the M.A. in School Counseling program are working as school counselors in K-12 school districts across NJ. Note that credentialing in other states may be possible, depending on the specific requirements of the state.