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How to Become a New Jersey School Counselor
Where are you on your quest to become a New Jersey School Counselor?
- I'm a High School Graduate...
- I have already earned a college degree...
- I'm a certified counselor from another state...
Explore the information below and learn how you can become a school counselor in New Jersey. Some of the information below may be subject to change. In order to make sure you have the most current information, please feel free to contact your school counseling education program advisor or contact the New Jersey Department of Education licensing department at (609) 292-2070.
Capella University offers four online CACREP-accredited Graduate Programs in Counseling: MS in Mental Health Counseling, MS in Marriage & Family Counseling/Therapy, MS in School Counseling, and PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. The MS in Marriage & Family Counseling/Therapy program is also COAMFTE-accredited. In addition, Capella has program options in Addiction Studies, Studies in Human Behavior, General Psychology, Clinical Counseling, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sport Psychology, and more. Click here to contact Capella University and request information about their programs.
I'm a High School Graduate...
As a high school graduate looking into the New Jersey School Counselor career, you are showing motivation and maturity. Two of the most important attributes for achieving any kind of success in any area of your life. However, don't stop here! Now is the time to act!
Below are recommended steps that should help you learn whether a career as a New Jersey school counselor is right for you. Also, request information from post-secondary schools offering degrees that will get you closer to being certified as a New Jersey school counselor.
Gather information from schools offering associate degree programs or bachelor degree programs in psychology, counseling or any type of program you are currently interested in. It is not imperative you enroll in a counseling program at this point. The only necessity is that you begin earning your associate's degree or bachelor's degree.
A great way to find out if you are interested in a social service type of career, like school counseling, is to find volunteering organizations who work with children or young adults. The following are links to organizations who can place you in volunteering positions across the state of New Jersey:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County
- New Jersey School District Directory Tool
- Use this link to find schools near you as well as each school's contact information. Contact these schools to find out if there are any volunteer programs you may participate in.
Finally, you've found the information you've been looking for, so don't quit! Get out there and volunteer or find work in a school. You will thank yourself later when you learn for sure whether a career as a New Jersey Educator is right for you.
I have already earned a college degree...
The following are the steps necessary for earning your school counseling certification in New Jersey:
Fulfill educational requirements through one of the following avenues:
- Earn a Master's degree in School Counseling that meets all the standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP):
- Capella University Master of Science (MS) in Human Services - School Counseling Specialization - CACREP and State Approved**
- New York University (NYU) Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance - School Counseling and Bilingual School Counseling - MPCAC Accredited
- Northwestern University - CACREP-Accredited Online Master of Arts in Counseling (meets requirements to become a school counselor)
- UMass Online (Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling - NEASC and State-Approved program)
- Or find more school counseling programs in New Jersey here.
- Or earn a Master's degree in Counseling or a related field and also meet coursework requirements as stated on the New Jersey Department of Education Licensing Code.
Download the Certification Manual and browse the information on this webpage to learn about the procedures for New Jersey school counselor certification.
If you have any more questions, call the New Jersey Department of Education at the following number: (609) 292-2070
I'm a certified counselor from another state...
The New Jersey Department of Education recognizes most all states school counseling certifications, but will still need to evaluate your credentials to make sure all New Jersey school counselor certification requirements are met.
For more information on the application process and requirements for certification, browse the New Jersey Department of Education's website at the following location.