The Post-Master's Certificate in School Counseling Program is designed to fulfill state-level and national standards for School Counselors. This program meets the highest professional standards according to the Department of Education State of New Jersey, and the national accrediting body, CACREP.
Minimum Requirements: This is a post-Master's program, requiring a Master's in counseling or counselor education from an accredited U.S. college or university. This certificate is designed to supplement a Master's degree in Counseling with the school-pertinent credit hours necessary in attaining a State of New Jersey School Counselor Certification. Included in the Master's degree must be a two-semester Counseling Internship experience of 600 total hours (300 each semester) in a non-school setting. If this is not the case, those internship hours/courses will be additional to the requirements.
**NOTE: This certificate will provide the additional courses that are required, with the number and type of required credits being dependent upon the number of appropriate credits gained for the initial Master's degree, as well as the setting in which the internship hours were earned. Please refer to the attached Certificate Check Sheet, which lists all of the requirements of the MA in School Counseling Concentration from MSU, approved by the State of NJ.
Each matriculated certificate student will be advised on an individual basis in choosing the most appropriate courses for her/him. Students may be required to take additional credits to reflect current State of New Jersey and MSU requirements for the certification as a school counselor, as per the Check Sheet. Course substitutions may be approved depending on transcript review of the Master's degree, by the Post-Master's in School Counseling Program Advisor, and The Graduate Admissions & Support Services.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission