The MEd in professional counseling, school counseling concentration is a 60 credit masters program leading to certification as a school counselor in the state of New Jersey. The program consists of a common core of 42 Credits, 12 Credits specific to school counseling, and 2 electives. A New Jersey Standard Teacher's certificate is not required to obtain School Counseling Certification.
August 1st: Fall semesterDecember 1st: Spring 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)
Professor Meredith DrewProgram Director, Department of Special Education, Professional Counseling, and Disability Studiesdrewm2@wpunj.edu973-720-3092
In order to begin internship, students must successfully complete a student portfolio as well as passing the Pre-Internship Benchmark Exam (PIB). After successfully completing these requirements and the 60 Credits, the student is eligible to apply and be endorsed for the NJ School Counselor Certification.
*Please be advised that admissions requirements, curriculum, and course schedules are subject to modification without notice.
There are approximately 92 matriculated students in the Professional Counseling Program (2021-2022). Of those students, approximately 80% identify as female, 15% identify as male, and 10% identify as non-binary. The racial make-up of students is approximately 50% White, 32% Hispanic, 10% Black/African American, 1% Pacific Islander, 1% Asian, 1% Multi-Racial, and 14% unidentified. Approximately 95% of matriculated students graduate from the program in the expected time frame, three years for full time students and four years for part time students. We have a program completion rate of 95% along with a job placement rate of 95% for our students/graduates.
In 2022 there were 4 graduates from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration and 9 graduates from the School Counseling Concentration. Out of the 13 graduates, all students completed the National Counselor Exam (NCE), resulting in a program pass rate of 87%, with Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration students achieving a 100% pass rate.
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, New Jersey 07470