Ed.M. with Certification in School Counseling

    Program Overview

    At this time, the Ed.M. Program in School Counseling meets all state requirements for the NJ School Counselor and Educational Services Certification and is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through Spring 2023. While we are in the process of being reevaluated for CACREP re-accreditation in March 2023, we cannot predict the outcome.

    Beginning in fall 2023, the Ed.M. in school counseling will require 60 credit hours. Fall 2022 was the last semester that students were admitted into the 48-credit hour program. Program materials for the new 60-credit hour program are available below.

    The Ed.M. program with school counseling certification at the GSE is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and is designed to prepare culturally competent professional school counselors. Students exiting this 48-credit degree program are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for counseling in grades preschool through 12, including the abilities to study and assess individual students, counsel school administrators, teachers, students and parents regarding personal, social educational and vocational plans and programs, and develop cooperative relationships with community agencies in assisting children and their families. In alignment with the GSE’s mission, the program has a multicultural programmatic focus dedicated to empowering all students, increasing parent engagement, and eliminating the achievement gap. Expert faculty will lead students through curriculum encompassing counseling, psychology, sociological and cultural influences, assessment and evaluation, and statistics, while developing school counselors capable of acting as leaders, advocates, and consultants in the communities they serve.

    After the program is completed and the master’s degree is awarded, the GSE will make a recommendation to the New Jersey State Department of Education on behalf of the graduate to receive their Standard Certificate as a School Counselor.

    For more information about this program:

    • Download the program guide (includes course list and application requirements)
    • Contact the program coordinator, Dr. Kathy Shoemaker
    • As required by CACREP, the School Counseling program publicly reports outcomes annually. These reports can be found on our Accreditation page.

    Program Details

    Application Deadline

    Dec 15

    Entry Term(s)


    Program Level


    Program Type

    Degree + School Counselor Certification





  • What You’ll Learn

    Graduates of the Ed.M. with school counseling certification program will develop the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to be effective, culturally competent professional school counselors. They will become familiar with the counseling, coordinating, and consulting responsibilities of the profession, learn to exercise culturally appropriate counseling practices informed by counseling research, demonstrate capacity for empowering students, families and communities, and adhere to ACA and ASCA ethical standards. The program curriculum will provide a range of didactic and experiential learning opportunities, and student exiting 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.

    For more information about the courses in this program, please visit the course catalog and online schedule of classes.

  • Program Requirements

    This program requires:

    • 60 Graduate Course Credits
      • 21 Credits – Counseling Core Courses
      • 6 Credits – Testing Courses
      • 6 Credits – Psychology Elective Courses
      • 3 Credits – Sociological and Cultural Foundations Course
      • 3 Credits – Statistics or Research Course
      • 3 Credits – Community Agencies, Organizations, and Resources Course
      • 9 Credits – Supervised Counseling Practicum
      • 9 Credits – Electives

    Click here for a sample course schedule for a full-time student.

    Graduates are expected to complete the required course sequence and satisfy their general education requirements, liberal arts credits, and complete their portfolio concurrently through completion of their coursework. Accepted students have 5 years to complete the program.

  • Careers and Outcomes

    Graduates of the Ed.M. program with school counselor certification 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. 

    Coinciding with successful completion of the program requirements, graduates typically receive their school counselor endorsement and go on to be school counselors or educational service personel  in New Jersey public, private, or charter schools. Obtaining school counseling certification authorizes graduates to perform school counseling services including the study and assessment of individual pupils with respect to their status, abilities, interest and needs; counseling with administrators, teachers, students, and parents regarding personal, social, educational, and vocational plans and programs; and developing cooperative relationships with community agencies in assisting children and families.

  • Admissions Requirements
    • Personal Statement 
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • Official Undergraduate Transcripts
    • Official Graduate Transcripts (if applicable)
  • How to Apply
    1. Collect the materials required for admission
    2. Submit your application online at http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/
    3. Submit supporting materials online
    4. Any supporting materials that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to Graduate Admissions’ New Brunswick office. Their mailing address can be found here: https://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/about/contact-us
  • Tuition & Financial Assistance


    For tuition and fees information please visit the tuition landing page.

    Financial Aid:

    While students are encouraged to apply for federal student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), there are a number of other merit- and need-based support options, including loans and college work-study programs within and external to Rutgers. For more information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website.

    Scholarships, Fellowships & Assistantships:

    Generous GSE alumni, friends, and community members have established and continue to donate to more than one dozen fellowships and scholarships to help deserving students reach their goals. These awards are granted on the basis of academic achievement and or financial need. While these awards are competitive, interested students are encouraged to apply for consideration and submit the required materials. Students must also submit a FAFSA application to be eligible.  

    To review all current awards and learn more about the donors that established them, please click here.

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