Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling

 

DEGREE OFFERED

M.A. in Counseling
Option: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling

CAMPUS OPTIONS

  • Main Campus (Union, NJ)
  • Kean Ocean Campus (Toms River, NJ)** 
    *Students may have to take courses at our Kean Union campus to complete all degree requirements.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Fall Entry:       March 1 (All applications are reviewed AFTER the deadline)

Spring Entry:  November 1 (Main/Union Campus)
                      December 1 (Ocean Campus)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The primary goal of the Master of Arts in Counselor Education, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling option, is to prepare professionally educated and trained counselors to work as Alcohol and Drug Abuse counselors in a variety of settings and to be eligible for the New Jersey license LCADC. Students in the program will be provided with: a common core of professional counseling competencies based on national standards, specialized studies in the field of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling and supervised experiences in alcohol and drug abuse counseling.  The program is an approved provider of the New Jersey Certification Board for initial and continuing education for addictions professionals.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the University’s admissions requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • 3.0 cumulative grade point average (lower GPA’s will be considered based on overall strength of application)
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Departmental interview may be required
  • Personal statement
  • Professional Resume/CV
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for applicants whose native language is not English). Exceptions can be made for students who have completed at least 6 credits of college level English courses from a U.S. institution, or who have submitted SAT or ACT exam scores.

This program does NOT require the GRE for admission

The overall decision on an applicant's candidacy weighs multiple factors on the application, with the GPA being only one part.  Experiences (volunteer, personal life events, etc.) and/or employment that enhance the applicant’s chances of being employed in their chosen option after graduating and a maturity in their career choice are considered in the decision making process.  The Personal Statement reflecting the aforementioned qualities plays a significant role in the applicant’s overall ranking and whether an interview may be required.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    • All applicants who are offered admission are conditionally accepted; following successful completion of the nine credit core courses, students participate in a selections session to advance to full matriculation
    • 48 credits
    • Practica and internships
    • Two semester Advanced Seminar
    • Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE)

    CORE COURSES - 9 CREDITS

    CED 5910

    Orientation to Professional Counseling 

    3 credits

    CED 5962

    Group Process in Counseling

    3 credits

    CED 5950

    Counseling Skills

    3 credits

    Students must be fully admitted by the selection committee following completion of the three core courses

    REQUIRED COURSES – 12 CREDITS

    CED 5050

    Appraisal and Assessment in Counseling

    3 credits

    CED 5952

    Theories of Counseling

    3 credits

    CED 5963

    Theory and Practice of Group Counseling

    3 credits

    CED 5975

    Career Counseling and Development

    3 credits

     

    SPECIALIZED COURSES – 15 CREDITS

    CED 5501

    Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling

    3 credits

    CED 5502

    Coordination of Alcohol/Tobacco/Drug Abuse Programs and Services

    3 credits

    CED 5503

    Impact of Alcohol/Tobacco/Drug Abuse Across Lifespan

    3 credits

    CED 5504

    Counseling of Alcohol/Drug-Affected Children and Families

    3 credits

      Free Elective (recommended to take CED 5915 Multicultural Counseling) 3 credits

     

    PRACTICUM AND INTERNSHIP COURSES - 6 CREDITS

    CED 5980

    Practicum in Counseling

    3 credits

    CED 5985

    Internship in Counseling I

    3 credits

     

    RESEARCH COURSES – 6 CREDITS

    CED 5998

    Advanced Seminar in Counselor Education I

    3 credits

    CED 5999

    Advanced Seminar in Counselor Education II

    3 credits

    TOTAL OF 48 CREDITS TO COMPLETE PROGRAM

    Program Mission and SLOs
     

    FOR INFORMATION REGARDING APPLICATION

    grad-adm@kean.edu
    908.737.7100

    Program coordinator

    DR. J. BARRY MASCARI
    East Campus, Room 307
    T. 908.737.5954
    jmascari@kean.edu

     

    Updated 7/14/15