The M.A. in School Counseling 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. 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.
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 provide counseling, prevention and early identification services to help children and adolescents achieve optimal development. Students also learn how to 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.
The faculty in the College of Education and Human Services are expert researchers and practitioners in teacher and leader preparation as well as professional psychology and family therapy. Many are actively engaged with schools and community agencies, modeling best practices to their students in the university classroom and in the field. Collaboration within departments and across is encouraged with the recognition that supporting and improving the lives of children, families and communities is a complex process.
The College of Education and Human Services is dedicated to ensuring that its professional preparation programs are based on essential knowledge, evolving technology, research findings, and reflective practice. Each program is committed to developing collaborative relationships and cooperative efforts with schools, agencies, and institutions so that its efforts remain linked to the world of practice and research, and meet the needs of communities. The College is nationally accredited by three professional associations: APA, COAMFTE, and NCATE.