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M.A. School Counseling

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  • The M.A. 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 and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 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.


    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

    Introduction to Counseling

    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 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.