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Student Assistance Coordinator Endorsement

The Student Assistance Coordinator (SAC) endorsement program is intended 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 student assistance coordinator.

Course Requirements – 21 Credits as follows:

  • PC-540: Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • PC-515: Human Development Through the Life Span *OR* EDC-510: Human Growth and Development *OR* SW-509: Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • PC-546: Substance Awareness in the Schools *OR* SW-628: School Social Work
  • PC542: Treatment of Alcohol and Drug Abuse *OR* EDC/SW-604: Clinical Practice in Addictions
  • PC-510: Community Mental Health *OR* SW-518: Global Community Practice
  • PC-680: Clinical Internship in Professional Counseling *OR* EDC-610: SAC Internship *OR* SW-630: Field Practicum III FC
  • EDC-555: School Counseling Program Planning

Process:

Students in the LPC program can pursue the SAC endorsement by working with their advisor to ensure they are taking the right electives; a couple of additional courses may be required.

Students interested in the SAC Endorsement Program should:

  • Contact the graduate admission office and apply for the SAC endorsement program at monmouth.edu/apply.
  • Once accepted follow the course schedule as outlined below. The last course for the endorsement will be either PC 680 or EDC 610. All other course work must be completed prior to the internship.
  • PC 680 must be in a NJ school supervised by a working SAC. The PC 680 placement should be discussed with Dr. Gary Handler, Field Placement Coordinator in the Department of Professional Counseling (ghandler@monmouth.edu) or Dr. Alan Cavaiola, Program Director of MA – Addictions Studies program (acavaiol@monmouth.edu) to make certain it is compliant with SAC endorsement standards (i.e. you must be supervised by a SAC and be interning in the role of a SAC). EDC 610 placements are discussed with Professor Cynthia O’Connell, Clinical Coordinator of Field Placements for the Educational Counseling Department (coconnel@monmouth.edu).
  • After your site is secured, email Professor O’Connell, the SAC graduate student advisor, with your site and supervisor’s name, and contact information.
  • Once you have completed all of the course work you can contact Chris Borlan in the School of Education at cborlan@monmouth.edu to complete your application. Ms. Borlan will submit your paperwork and fee to the NJDOE for credentialing.
  • For more information, see NJSAC Regulations.