Ed.M. with Certification in School Counseling

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • School Counseling
Associated Degree:
  • Ed.M.
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Masters
Program Type:
  • Certificate
  • Degree


PLEASE NOTE: The application deadline for the School Counseling program has been changed to December 15.

The Ed.M. in School Counseling meets all requirements for New Jersey School Counselor and Educational Services Certification and is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The Ed.M. in School Counseling prepares students to work as school counselors from P-12 grades. These duties include services such as: study and assessment of individual students with respect to their achievement, abilities, interest, and needs; counseling with students and parents regarding personal, social, educational, and career plans; the development of cooperative relationships with community agencies; consultation with teachers and administrators; and student advocacy.

A focus on multicultural aspects of school counseling is integrated throughout the program.

The Ed.M. Program in School Counseling meets all requirements for NJ School Counselor and Educational Services Certification and is accredited by CACREP.


School Counseling Mission Statement

The mission of the School Counseling program is to prepare culturally competent professional school counselors for the roles and responsibilities of school counseling in the twenty-first century. In response to the increasingly diverse demographic landscape of the United States and New Jersey in particular, the School Counseling program has a multicultural programmatic focus dedicated to empowering all students, increasing parent engagement, and eliminating the achievement gap. To this end, faculty members will effectively train professional school counselors who are culturally sensitive to the diverse and changing needs of youth in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, their families, the schools that they attend, and communities in which they live. The program curriculum provides a wide range of didactic and experiential learning opportunities emphasizing the preparation of school counselors as leaders, advocates, and consultants. Graduates of the program will be proficient and excel in developing and implementing comprehensive school counseling programs and support services based on data-driven and ethical decision making models that promote academic achievement, personal-emotional development, and career development for all students.


Program Objectives

School Counseling graduates will:

  • Develop a professional identity that demonstrates foundational knowledge and skills necessary for success as professional school counselors.
  • Possess the knowledge and skills needed to perform a range of school counselor responsibilities (i.e., counseling, coordinating, consulting).
  • Demonstrate capacity and skills for empowering students, families and communities and adhere to ACA and ASCA ethical standards in their roles as leaders, advocates, and consultants.
  • Demonstrate the skills needed to coordinate a comprehensive, developmental school counseling program (i.e., foundation, management, delivery, accountability) using a data driven model to address academic, career and social-emotional development of K-12 students.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to socio-cultural factors that affect help-seeking behaviors and develop culturally appropriate counseling practices informed by counseling research.


School Counseling Program Evaluation Results

Please click here to download the program outcomes report for our school counseling program. 


Applications can be completed online. Applications are due by December 15 for fall admission. This is the only admissions time for this program. Applicants may be invited for an in-person interview in March.

For information on financial aid opportunities, please see the GSE's Fellowships, Scholarships & Assistantships page.

Program Requirements

Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program, from the beginning of any course work to be counted toward the program.

A complete listing of degree requirements are available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

A sample full-time curriculum has been designed to assist students in planning course work and is available for download.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Caroline S. Clauss-Ehlers.