Professional Counseling – School Counseling (MEd)

Professional Counseling – School Counseling (MEd)

Degree Offered: Master of Education in Professional Counseling

Concentration: School Counseling


Application Deadline:

August 1st: Fall semester
December 1st: Spring semester
May 1st: Summer semester
*Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space availability basis

*International students are advised to apply by:
April 1st: Fall (September intake)
November 1st: Spring (January intake)
December 1st: Summer (May intake)


Program Description:

The master of education degree (MEd) in professional counseling in the Department of Special Education and Counseling at William Paterson University prepares students to enter the counseling profession through rigorous training in two key areas: school counseling and mental health counseling. The professional counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the national accreditation for counseling programs.

The school counseling concentration at William Paterson University is a 60-credit (beginning Fall 2017) program leading to a master of education degree in Professional Counseling with a concentration in school counseling. Graduates of the program are eligible to obtain school counselor certification in New Jersey.

Admission Requirements:

  • Cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.75 on 4.00 scale or a master's degree from an approved college/university.
  • Satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
  • Essay
  • Two professional letters of reference.
  • Interview with counseling faculty and writing sample.

Program Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 60 credits (beginning Fall 2017) of graduate study with a GPA of 3.00 or better.
  • Must obtain a grade of B or better in CSP 6010 (Foundations and Techniques in Counseling) and CSP 6210 (Case Studies in Counseling).
  • Three semester hours of practicum and three semester hours of internship. Students must consult with an advisor concerning any recent changes in the program or its course offerings.
  • Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination and a portfolio, which carry no course credit, is required of all students.
MEd Professional Counseling (School Counseling) 60 credits
CSP 6010 Foundations and Techniques in Counseling 3
CSP 6030 Multicultural Counseling 3
CSP 6040 Assessment and Appraisal in Counseling 3
CSP 6050 Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling 3
CSP 6060 Counseling Theories and Practices 3
CSP 6080 Career Counseling 3
CSP 6090 Human Development 3
CSP 6100 Group Counseling 3
CSP 6160 Research in Counseling 3
CSP 6200 Foundations of School Counseling 3
CSP 6210 Case Studies in Counseling 3
CSP 6260 Theories and Techniques of Family and Couples Counseling 3
CSP 6300 Advanced Skills and Practicum for School Counseling 3
CSP 6420 Play Therapy 3
CSP 6510 Addictions Counseling 3
CSP 6540 Clinical Supervision in School and Mental Health Settings 3
CSP XXXX Elective I 3
CSP XXXX Elective II 3
CSP 6860 Internship in Counseling I 3
CSP 6870 Internship in Counseling II 3