Masters of Education in Professional Counseling

Program Director:

Paula Danzinger
phone: (973) 720-3085
office: Valley Road Building, Room 3001

Program Faculty:

Henry Heluk, Jr.
phone: (973) 720-3130
office: Valley Road Building, Room 3113

Karen Decker
phone: (973) 720-2680
office: Valley Road Building, Room  3099

Timothy VanderGast
phone: (973) 720-2471
office: Valley Road Building, Room 3005

The Professional Counseling Program consists of two separate concentrations. The School Counseling concentration is a 48-credit concentration directly leading to certification as a school counselor in the state of New Jersey. The Mental Health Counseling concentration is a 60-credit concentration directly leading to eligibility as a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC), the first step towards obtaining the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in the state of New Jersey. (NOTE: a passing score on the National Certification Exam is required in order to apply for the LAC and/or LPC.)

The Professional Counseling Program also offers post-master's courses for students holding a master's degree and who need additional course work in order to obtain either certification as a school counselor or licensure as an LPC.

These programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Program Admissions Requirements
The requirements for admission are the following (please be advised that these requirements are subject to revisions):
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale or a master's degree from an approved college or university with a graduate grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • A score of 400 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or 450 verbal on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • An essay (click here for essay topic).
  • An interview with counseling faculty.
  • Two professional recommendations.

Students may take up to 6 semester hours [2 courses] as a non-degree student at the discretion of the Program Director. Non-degree students may only take 1 course per semester. Students are required to meet with the Program Director or program faculty before approval is granted to take non-degree courses.

Important Information Regarding School Counseling Certification

Due to the new rules, effective January 2004, a New Jersey Standard teacher's certificate is no longer required to obtain School Counseling Certification.
Course Requirements

Click on the links below to learn more about course requirements for the School and Agency Counseling concentrations.

School Counseling Concentration

Mental Health Counseling Concentration

Master Schedules (NOTE: schedules are subject to change at any time, without notice.)
Fall 2011 - Summer 2015 (Link under construction)
Program Concentrations

After starting the program, if students desire to change concentrations they will need to re-apply to the program in order to do so. Advisement by Program Director and/or program faculty is required.

Exit Requirements
  • The student must complete 48 credits (School Concentration) or 60 credits (Mental Health Concentration).
  • Included in the 48-credit (school) and 60-credit (mental health) programs are a two (2) semester sequence of practicum/intership (school concentration requires school placement and mental health concentration requires agency placement).
  • Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination which carries no course credit, and is required of all students.
  • Satisfactory completion of a counseling portfolio. Requirements will be provided.

*Please be advised that the admissions requirements, curriculum, and course schedules are subject to modification.