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Graduate Programs in Educational Leadership and Counseling

  • The mission of the New Jersey City University Educational Leadership graduate program is to improve teaching, learning, and human development in a diverse, rapidly changing, and increasingly technological society. The program is designed to educate tomorrow’s leaders for urban settings with the necessary knowledge, skills and dispositions to lead change in schools, work with diverse groups, and integrate ideas to solve problems in the P-12 setting.

    NJCU’s Counseling program trains culturally competent, caring counselors who serve a diverse, multilingual urban community. Professional counselors empower individuals and families to resolve personal, educational, career, and relationship concerns. Faculty and students are committed to advocating for social justice, removing barriers to education and personal growth, and promoting wellness, equity and optimal development for all persons and groups. 


    Educational Leadership 

    Candidates have two options in educational leadership:

    1. Complete the 12-credit sequence leading to a supervisor’s certificate,
    2. Complete the 36-credit Master of Arts in Urban Education degree program with a specialization in Educational Administration and Supervision

    Applicants and continuing students should be aware that programs may be revised in response to changes in state certification requirements and/or changes in accrediting agency standards. Substitutions of courses should only be done with the approval of the student’s officially assigned graduate advisor and/or department chair. Please contact the department for current information and requirements.


    NJCU’s Counseling program trains culturally competent, caring counselors who serve a diverse, multilingual urban community. Counseling faculty and students identify with the counseling profession through the American Counseling Association and its divisions such as the American School Counselor Association, the Association for Multicultural Development, and the Association for Specialists in Group Work. Students may join the ACA Graduate Student Association, NJCU Graduate Student Counseling Association; and Chi Sigma Iota, Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International. NJCU has been approved as a Graduate Student site for the National Counselor Examination (NCE). 

    Counseling Program Options

    The Counseling program has two options:

    Additional elective courses can be taken to meet licensure requirements. Please visit the Counseling Department site for additional information and curriculum requirements.

    CACREP Standards

    The New Jersey City University Counseling program, which houses both the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the School Counseling programs, received CACREP accreditation as of spring 2014. Core Courses integrate knowledge (content), skills (practice), and dispositions (personal awareness and development). The Code of Ethics of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the ACA Multicultural Counseling Competencies and Standards are infused in all courses. Students achieve competencies in eight CACREP core areas:

    • Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice
    • Social and Cultural Diversity
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Career Development
    • Helping Relationships
    • Group Work
    • Assessment
    • Research and Program Evaluation

    Programs may be revised in response to changes in requirements for certification, licensure, or accreditation. Prospective applicants and current graduate students should contact the department for updated program information.

    Admission Requirements

    In addition to fulfilling the general graduate studies admission requirements, admission and matriculation requirements consist of:

    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, General Test only (or test waiver)  
    • A baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA.
    • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of six undergraduate or graduate credits in Counseling or Psychology. Additional graduate and/or undergraduate work may be considered necessary for admission. In such cases, the student must plan an individual program in consultation with an assigned graduate advisor.
    • 500-word essay, reflective of the candidate’s personal counseling philosophy and counselor dispositions, including the candidate’s future role as a counseling professional in an urban environment.
    • 2 letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate’s potential for graduate study in Counseling such as letters from professors or supervisors.
    • After a review of the candidate’s credentials and a successful interview with the Graduate Counseling Committee and the Coordinator of the M.A. in Counseling Program, the candidate may be recommended for matriculation.

    Program Exit Requirements

    In addition to general graduate studies requirements in the graduate catalog, students must demonstrate the following:

    • Completion of all 48-credit Program requirements for School Counseling or 60-credit Program Requirements for Clinical Mental Health Counseling 
    • Minimum 3.00 GPA

    For additional information,  please contact Dr. Yumiko Ogawa , Coordinator, M.A. in Counseling Program at (201)200-3400. 

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