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Educational Counseling Graduate Programs

The Department of Educational Counseling prepares students for a rewarding career as a professional school counselor, college counselor, or student affairs professional. When you choose one of Monmouth University’s nationally accredited Educational Counseling graduate programs, you will find an inclusive program rooted in social justice and diversity, along with small class sizes (10-15 students), accomplished faculty, and ample opportunities for experiential learning.

Our flexible program structure offers hybrid courses and is designed to meet the needs of adult learners. You will also have access to our dedicated placement coordinator, who works with students to secure personalized site placements in the field through our strong relationships with school districts and colleges.

We strive to provide students with an exceptional and transformative educational experience while offering many opportunities for financial assistance, such as graduate assistantships, financial aid, and scholarships.

Monmouth University offers excellence in a variety of counseling degree and endorsement options:

  • M.S.Ed. in School Counseling: A 48-credit curriculum that focuses on the P-12 preparation of professional school counselors. School counseling students who successfully complete the program will receive a New Jersey Department of Education Certificate for School Counseling.
  • M.S.Ed. in Student Affairs and College Counseling: A 48-credit curriculum that focuses on preparing professional student affairs and college counselors for jobs in higher education. Students who successfully complete the program will be able to apply for positions at the college and university levels.
  • Graduate Endorsement: Student Assistance Coordinator (SAC): For candidates who want to be certified as student assistance coordinators. SACs work with students in many New Jersey school districts to address substance abuse issues, social and emotional issues, and behavioral problems. Those who complete this endorsement program will meet the New Jersey course requirements for certification as a SAC.
  • Post-Master’s Endorsement: Director of School Counseling Services: For students interested in becoming student services administrators. These individuals will meet New Jersey requirements for certification once they complete the program along with three years of service as a school counselor.

Educational Counseling students may also complete the required coursework required for LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) licensure through the program.

Faculty Make the Difference

At Monmouth University, our educational counseling graduate programs provide you with opportunities to learn from people who have experience in the field, and then practice your skills through coursework, projects, internships, and work in school settings, advancing your teaching and leadership skills. Each of our faculty members is a licensed school counselor or student affairs professional committed to helping you learn the latest techniques and skills to help you reach your career goals. The flexible format includes online classes and traditional classroom instruction offered in the evenings, allowing you to choose full-time or part-time study.

Program Application Requirements

To be considered for admission, students must submit an application to Monmouth University along with a $50 application fee, and meet the following requirements:

Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.)

  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree with a satisfactory overall GPA per state requirements (see Web site for details) and a minimum 3.0 GPA in the undergraduate major.
  • Two letters of recommendation related to the applicant’s competence for this graduate program and professional work.
  • Essay (500 words or more). The essay must discuss why social justice is important to the applicant and how the applicant foresees utilizing this training in his/her future career as a school counselor or student affairs professional.
  • Participation in a group interview is required.

Director of School Counseling Services (Post-Master’s) 

  • See M.S.Ed. requirements.
  • Note: Must hold an NJ school counselor or student personnel services certificate or an equivalent out-of-state certificate and upon completion, provide documentation evidencing completion of three years of successful experience as a school counselor in grades P–12 to be eligible for the endorsement.

Student Assistance Coordinator (SAC) 

  • Hold a standard instructional certificate, or a school psychologist, school social worker, school counselor, director of school counseling services or school nurse endorsement, or a valid Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor credential issued by the NJ Alcohol and Drug counselor Committee of the Marriage and Family Board, or a valid Certified Prevention Specialist credential issued by the Addiction Professionals Certification Board of NJ or hold a master’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Note: Monmouth University students who are pursuing one of the above credentials can apply to this program and pursue it concurrently with their degree.
  • Applicant must submit an essay of 500 words or more explaining why applicant wishes to pursue a SAC endorsement.
  • Submit all official undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

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