MEd in Professional Counseling, School Counseling Concentration

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The MEd in professional counseling, school counseling concentration is a 60 credit masters program leading to certification as a school counselor in the state of New Jersey. The program consists of a common core of 42 Credits, 12 Credits specific to school counseling, and 2 electives. A New Jersey Standard Teacher's certificate is not required to obtain School Counseling Certification. 

View Requirements and Course Descriptions in the University Course Catalog
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Admission Requirements

  • Cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.75 on 4.00 scale or a master’s degree from an approved college/university.
  • Essay
  • Two professional letters of reference.
  • Interview with counseling faculty and writing sample.

Application Deadline

August 1st: Fall semester
December 1st: Spring semester
*Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space availability basis

*International students are advised to apply by:
April 1st: Fall (September intake)
November 1st: Spring (January intake)

Contact

Professor Meredith Drew
Program Director, Department of Special Education, Professional Counseling, and Disability Studies
drewm2@wpunj.edu
973-720-3092

Additional Information

In order to begin internship, students must successfully complete a student portfolio as well as passing the Pre-Internship Benchmark Exam (PIB). After successfully completing these requirements and the 60 Credits, the student is eligible to apply and be endorsed for the NJ School Counselor Certification.

*Please be advised that admissions requirements, curriculum, and course schedules are subject to modification without notice.

There are approximately 97 matriculated students in the Professional Counseling Program (2020-2021). Of those students, approximately 83% are female and 17% are male. The racial make-up of students is approximately 36% White, 22% Hispanic, 7% Black/African American, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.01% American Indian/Alaska Native,  0.01% Asian, and 33% identified as unidentified. Approximately 95% of matriculated students graduate from the program in the expected time frame, three years for full time students and four years for part time students. We have a program completion rate of 95% along with a job placement rate of 95% for our students/graduates.

In 2021 there were 10 graduates from the Clinical Mental Health concentration and 18 graduates from the School Concentration. Out of the 28 graduates, 21 took the National Counselor Exam (NCE) this year resulting in a program pass rate of 71.4%.