Student Assistance Coordinator Certificate

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William Paterson University’s Professional Counseling Program offers the Student Assistance Coordinator certification program to qualified students. The Student Assistance Coordinator (SAC) endorsement program is intended for candidates who want to be certified as student assistance coordinators in New Jersey PK-12 school districts. SACs work with students regarding substance abuse related issues, social and emotional issues, behavioral issues, and crisis intervention and response. SACs’ additional responsibilities include examining curriculum development, staff training, policy review, counseling and related services, community relationships and consultation, and implementation of other interventions needed to support students.

Students who complete the course requirements will be eligible for endorsement as a Student Assistance Coordinator with Advanced Standing in New Jersey. Endorsements with advanced standing (CEAS) verify all academic requirements have been met, but require an additional residency with a state approved school district while under mentorship for a minimum of six months. Applicants submit all verification of completed residency to NJDOE for final review and eligibility. Click for full student assistance coordinator endorsement information.

View Required Courses and Course Descriptions in the University Course Catalog
Click here: Student Assistance Coordinator Certificate Program, CERT 

Admission Requirements

  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in Counseling (GPA minimum of 3.0 is required
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate work*
  • Interview with Program Faculty

*Students who are currently enrolled in the Professional Counseling Program should contact the Co-Coordinators to discuss this certification.

Application Deadline

Application is accepted on a rolling basis for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

Program Co-Coordinators

Professor Meredith Drew
Professor, Department of Special Education, Professional Counseling, and Disability Studies

Professor Michelle Hinkle
Professor, Department of Special Education, Professional Counseling, and Disability Studies