Montclair State University

College of Education and Human Services

Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor


1 Normal Avenue

Montclair, NJ 07043

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of Counseling, Human Development and Educational Leadership at Montclair State University offers courses designed to fulfill the educational requirements set by the Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey (APCBNJ) for CADC eligibility.  Each course provides 45 domain credits, as well as graduate or undergraduate college credits. The courses may be taken for certification purposes only or they may be part of a Master's degree program.


Students who successfully complete the Masters in Counseling program with a CADC focus will fulfill the total educational clock hours (270) required by the APCBNJ. After completing the coursework at MSU for a Masters degree, students must obtain 2,000 hours of documented supervised alcohol/drug experience.  If students complete coursework for certification only, upon graduation they must complete 4,000 hours of documented supervised alcohol/drug counseling experience.

Sequence for CADC Certification Only
COUN 540, Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Counseling
COUN 454, Community Resources: Alcoholism/Substance Abuse Counseling
COUN 590, Counseling the Alcoholic and Substance Abuser
COUN 591, Seminar in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling
HLTH 511, Biomedical and Psychosocial Perspectives on Drugs
COUN 640, Mentally Impaired/Chemically Addicted Client (MICA)


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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