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School Counseling Program

The 48-credit M.S.Ed. graduate program in School Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) and prepares students to work as student advocates across P-12 environments.

Students develop a strong identity as caring, competent professional school counselors by focusing on increased self-awareness, personal and professional development, and continuous learning. Learning experiences involve theoretical and practical coursework, supervised counseling practice, and the development of a professional portfolio. Field experiences integrate clinical practice into the context of the school community so that students are proficient in delivering comprehensive programs to all P-12 students, and serve as advocates prepared to meet the challenges of a diverse, ever-changing society.

Program Distinctiveness

The School Counseling program is unique as it has two courses in group facilitation as well as additional courses focusing on behavioral issues, assessment, and social justice/diversity. Courses are offered in flexible hybrid, online, and traditional classroom formats in the evenings making graduate study possible for traditional full-time or part-time study.

Monmouth 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 educational counseling curriculum and more intentionally within the course titled EDC-535: Diversity and Social Justice. Dedicated to addressing the convergence of identity, gender, socioeconomic class, privilege, and culture, the Educational Counseling programs in school counseling and student affairs/college counseling sponsor a pre-college mentoring program entitled Monmouth Future Scholars. This program seeks to increase the number of college-bound, first-generation students in Long Branch City Schools.

Several graduate student organizations exist to connect students socially and professionally to others across the program and provide opportunities for professional development.

Additional Endorsements

  • The program meets national criteria and students will be able to earn national certification (NCC)
  • The program meets pre-requisites for the Licensed Professional Counselor designation and may take additional courses to obtain it post-graduation.
  • Students may also earn Student Assistance Coordinator certification.
  • Additional Endorsements, which include the Director of School Counseling, are also available.
  • Students may also work towards certification as a National Certified School Counselor.


Field Placements

Through an integrative 700-hour supervised practice experience distributed across several semesters consisting of three individual placements connecting to an academic course, students will serve in capacities across various levels of primary and secondary education as a student advocate.

These courses are EDC 600: Practicum in Counseling, EDC 601A: Internship in Counseling I and EDC 602A: Internship in Counseling II, and require 100 and 300 hours respectively. Students are expected to complete experiences at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Upon graduation, students have a diversity of experiences across P-12 which allows for greater employability. We encourage students to complete one placement in a low socioeconomic district. Monmouth has a Field Placement Coordinator who places students into fieldwork.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through the summer, fall, and spring semesters.

School Counseling Program Contact

For any questions or more information, please contact:

Vernon Smith, Ph.D.


I attended the school counselor Ideas Exchange conference at Monmouth in May. This allowed me to meet with various counselors and students in the field. I talked with other elementary school counselors regarding their role in the school, the balance between administration/disciplinarian duties and counseling, as well as how to build positive school climate and promote positivity. I think it was a great experience to meet other counselors and learn about their day to day.

Allie Copman
Guidance Intern at Veterans Memorial Middle School
M.S.Ed. Educational Counseling ’16