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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's central location off Exit 105 on the Garden State Parkway makes the program readily accessible.
    • The School Counseling 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 School Counseling 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.
    • Several graduation student organizations exist to connect students socially and professionally to others across the program and provide opportunities for professional development.

    Additional Endorsements

    • Students may also obtain professional competency as a student affairs professionals by completing two additional internships and two specific student affairs courses through the Dual Track option. This will prepare students to work in professional positions within higher education.
    • 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 3 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 and EDC 601-602A and require 100 and 300 hours respectively. Students are expected to complete experiences at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. This is so that upon graduation students have a diversity of experiences across P-12 which allows for greater employability. Students are encouraged to complete one placement in a low socioeconomic district. Students are placed into a school by the Field Placement Coordinator and do not have to find their own internships.


    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through the summer, fall, and spring semesters. To apply, please see the Office of Graduate Admissions for standards and criteria.


    View the 48-credit M.S.Ed graduate program curriculum in School Counseling.

    Program Contact

    For more information or questions about the School Counseling Program please contact Dr. Jose Maldonado or Professor Cindy O'Connell.

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