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Welcome to the Department of Counselor Education at Kean University!!!  The Counselor Education Department offers CACREP-accredited Master degree options in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. An Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling option is approved by the New Jersey Certification Board for the LCADC.  Additional options can be found by clicking the Counseling Programs tab to the right.

Graduates are employed in a variety of settings including elementary and secondary schools, colleges, agencies, community counseling and mental health centers, hospitals, and government agencies. Other graduates go on to doctoral programs in Counselor Education & Supervision.

About the Program

The Counselor Education Department programs offer a humanistic, multicultural, non-sexist program designed to train professional counselors.  The program's core content provides preparation in the areas of human growth and development, social and cultural foundations, individual and group appraisal, research and evaluation, professional orientation, and individual, group, and career counseling theories and techniques. The program provides theoretical training, skill development and practical application through coursework and supervised practica and internships.

Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education and career goals. The Counselor Education Program offers three Options at the M.A. level including “School Counseling,”, leading to New Jersey Department of Education Certification “Clinical Mental Health Counseling,” and “Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling.” Certification only programs are offered for Student Assistance Coordinator and Director of School Counseling. A post M.A. program to help those holding a master’s degree obtain additional courses for applying for the Licensed Professional Counselor credential is also offered.

Mission Statement 
The Counselor Education Department at Kean University has several related goals that are aligned with the University Mission. The program addresses the needs of first generation students, adult learners, and those from underserved/disenfranchised groups. The Counselor Education Department provides students a broad-based graduate education in counseling that is sensitive to cultural, gender and sexual orientation differences, and committed to lifelong self-exploration and professional development. The program aims to provide affordable graduate level CACREP accredited programs in a variety of Master’s and post-graduate areas.
Learning objectives include theoretical training, skills development and practical application through coursework and supervised practicum/internships. The faculty provides preparation in the areas of individual, group, and career counseling theories and techniques; professional orientation; social and cultural foundations; appraisal; research and evaluation; and human development.