The Advanced Counseling Certificate Program is designed to fulfill state-level and national standards for Licensed Professional Counselors. This program meets the highest professional standards according to CACREP, The National Board for Certified counselors (NBCC), and the NJ Board of Marriage and Family Therapists.
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 in Counseling degree with the credit hours necessary in attaining the 60 semester hour minimum required by the Professional Counselor Committee of the NJ Board of Marriage and Family Therapists. 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.
The States of New Jersey, New York, and 47 other states, require status as a Licensed Professional Counselor in order to work as a counselor in those states, in all settings that are non-school based. This certificate will provide the additional courses that are required, with the number and type of required credits being totally dependent upon the number of appropriate credits gained for the initial Master's degree.
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 NJ and national requirements for the LPC. Course substitutions may be approved depending on transcript review of the Master's degree, by the LPC Program Advisor and The Graduate Admissions & Support Services.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission