Through a counselor education framework establish by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) standards, the 48 credit M.S.Ed graduate program in Student Affairs and College Counseling is less than one of 20 national programs that are designed to prepare student affairs practitioners as educators and counselors, not administrators. Students learn entry-level skills to develop and manage supportive relationships with contemporary college students to foster their development and facilitate learning opportunities. Students will also learn the historical and philosophical ethos of student affairs as a helping profession and integrate developmental counseling theories into educational programs and interventions to promote student persistence towards graduation. Those enrolled in the program will also specifically learn counseling skills, crisis management techniques, career development theories, and are exposed to diversity issues and how student affairs professionals as social justice advocates can address historical, societal, and contemporary inequities within their practice.
The program is currently accredited by Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Students can earn national licensure (NCC) and eventually complete requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor designation post-graduation.
The Student Affairs and College Counseling (SACC) program fosters a strong conceptual commitment to increasing awareness of the diversity of student populations and to social justice. Diversity and social justice concepts are specifically addressed across the curriculum and more intentionally within two specific courses entirely. The SACC program is dedicated to addressing the convergence of identity, gender, socioeconomic class, privilege, and culture.
To demonstrate this commitment, the Educational Counseling programs in school counseling and student affairs/college counseling also sponsor a precollege mentoring program entitled Monmouth Future Scholars. This program seeks to increase the number of college bound, first-generation students in Long Branch City Schools.
The field placement process is an integrative 700 hour supervised practice experience, distributed across several semesters and consisting of 3 individual placements. Each experience is connected to an academic course which includes supervision and addresses contemporary practice issues within higher education. Students will serve in capacities across the multiple functional areas within student affairs to demonstrate theory to practice.
These courses are EDC 600 and EDC 601-602B and require 100 and 300 hours respectively. Students are expected to select a placement within 2 functional areas across student affairs or college counseling such as academic advising and student activities. Some internships can be completed in the evening and at night at local partnering institutions at both the community college and university levels. Students can also participate in national summer exchange programs through NODA (orientation, first-year experience), ACUHO-I (residence life), and NACA (student activities).
Students are placed into internships by the Field Placement Coordinator in conjunction with program faculty and do not have to find their own internships. Students are expected to complete a portfolio based upon the ACPA/NASPA professional competencies upon the overall completion of their field experience.
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available at Monmouth University and an externship program associated with available positions at Georgian Court University, Ramapo College, and Felician College are available. Placements are not guaranteed and are facilitated through the site supervisors and not the program. Interested students should contact Dr. Pietro Sasso, Assistant Professor of Student Affairs and College Counseling.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through the summer, fall, and spring semesters. Students considering full-time study and looking for additional professional experiences through an externship should have a completed application by May 1. Interviews for these limited positions occur in late April and early May. To apply, please see the Office of Graduate Admissions.
View the 48-credit M.S.Ed. graduate program curriculum in Student Affairs & College Counseling.
For more information or questions about the Student Affairs & College Counseling Program please contact Dr. Pietro Sasso, Assistant Professor in Student Affairs/College Counseling.