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  • Student Affairs and College Counseling Program

    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.

    Program Distinctiveness

    • The Student Affairs and College Counseling program is unique as it has two courses in group facilitation as well as additional courses focusing on mental health concerns, assessment, and social justice/diversity. Through an additional unique pedagogical approach, students become emerging experts in integrating specific theories into student affairs administrative systems.
    • Specifically this program operates on the foundational and historical perspective that student affairs is a helping profession and not simply an administrative function within a college or university. Students will graduate with the experience, knowledge, and skill to function as student affairs professionals or college counselors in helping students develop their identity and supporting students as they persist towards graduation. Students will be prepared to become involved in the professional associations and eventually serve in leadership capacities, all with the understanding that they are to establish supportive frameworks for students based on developmental models, not simply policy.
    • Students are also exposed to precollege issues so that as future professionals, they can understand the student narrative and experience of first-generation and traditional student transition
    • 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.
    • Chi Sigma Alpha, the international honor society for student affairs, serves to recognize our top students and offer professional development and support to program students.

    Additional Endorsements

    • Students may also obtain school counseling certification in the state of New Jersey by completing two additional internships and two specific school counseling courses through the Dual Track option.
    • 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.

    Commitment to Social Justice

    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.

    Field Placements

    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. Jose Miguel Maldonado, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Counseling and Leadership.


    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.

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