School Counseling and LPC Qualification

Degree Offered 

M.A. in Counseling

Campus Options 

Main Campus (Union, NJ)
Kean Ocean Campus (Toms River, NJ)

Application Deadline

Fall:       March 2. 2015 (All applications are reviewed AFTER the deadline)
Spring:   October 31, 2014

Program Description

The 60 credit Master of Arts in Counseling, combined school counseling and LPC option will provide students with the coursework required by the New Jersey Department of Education to qualify for a school counseling certificate for K -12 schools, as well as the coursework necessary for students to meet the 60 credit licensed professional counselor (LPC) coursework distribution.  As an LPC (more likely Licensed Associate Counselor since you will not have the requisite number of supervised clinical hours) students will be able to work in community organizations, counseling and mental health centers, hospitals, private for profit centers and counseling practices while working under supervision to complete the 4,500 supervised clinical hours.  The School Counseling part of this option is CACREP accredited; however, this option does not meet the Clinical Mental Health Counseling requirement to work in the Veteran's Administration,  or Department of Defense.

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 (for applicants whose native language is not English)

This program does NOT require the GRE for admissions

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 aforementned 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
  • 60 credits
  • Practica and internships
  • Two semester Advanced Seminar
  • Portfolio

CORE COURSES - 9 CREDITS

CED 5910

Introduction to Counseling & Human Services

3 credits

CED 5962

Group Process in Counseling

3 credits

CED 5950

Principles and Procedures of Counseling

3 credits

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

REQUIRED COURSES – 21 CREDITS

CED 5050

Appraisal and Assessment in Counseling

3 credits

CED 5915

Multicultural 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

CED 5997

Research Methods in Counseling

3 credits

CED 5925

Counseling Perspectives in Human Development

3 credits

 

SPECIALIZED COURSES – 18 CREDITS

CED 5501 Survey of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling* 3 credits
CED 5972 Clinical Mental Health Counseling* 3 credits
CED 5979

Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychopathology*

3 credits
CED 5965 Introduction to Family Counseling 3 credits

CED 5944

School Counseling*

3 credits

CED 5945

Selected Topics in Counseling Children & Adolescents

3 credits

*These are suggested courses to be used towards the LPC qualification.  Prior advisement is required to determined if there are appropriate substitutions to the curriculum.

PRACTICUM AND INTERNSHIP COURSES - 12 CREDITS

CED 5980

Practicum in Counseling

3 credits

CED 5987 Internship LPC Option (Mental Health Setting) 3 credits

CED 5985

Internship in Counseling I (K-12 school)

3 credits

CED 5986

Internship in Counseling II (K-12 school)

3 credits

TOTAL OF 60 CREDITS TO COMPLETE PROGRAM

Program Mission and SLOs

 

Program coordinator

Admissions Counselor

DR. J. BARRY MASCARI
Hennings Hall – Room 310
T. 908.737.3863/3861
jmascari@kean.edu

MR. STEVEN KOCH
Graduate Admissions Counselor
T. 908-737-5924
skoch@kean.edu

 

Updated 7/16/14