M.A. in Counseling in Educational Settings

M.A. in Counseling in Educational Settings

M.A. in Counseling in Educational Settings

The Counseling in Educational Settings program at Rowan University prepares professional practitioners in School Counseling. The program seeks to prepare practitioners of the highest quality through a rigorous training process informed by the latest research findings in counselor education. This program fosters reflection and self-activation in our graduates as they partake in a curriculum designed to help them translate theory into action as these apply to realistic settings. Graduates are expected to be change agents in their school and community. They are able to frame counseling services through a system perspective where all students are served. With enhanced sensibility to diverse students, graduates are prepared to meet the challenges of working in a pluralistic society dedicated to the optimal human development of all of its members. This program prepares individuals for careers as School Counselors in K-12 educational settings or for careers in Student Affairs, working in higher education settings.

School Counseling

For individuals who aspire to careers in K-12 schools this program leads to a Master of Arts degree in Counseling in Educational Settings, and also, New Jersey certification in School Counseling. Graduates may work in elementary, middle, and/or secondary school settings, providing student-counseling services. Such services include individual and group counseling for students regarding personal, social, and educational needs; consultation with faculty and other professional staff; assessment of individual students regarding personal-social, academic and career interests and needs; consultation with families regarding the individuals educational progress and career-related plans, as well as ones personal and social development; and working cooperatively with community resources in assisting individuals and families.

The methods of instruction are traditional face-to-face for 42 out of the 48 credit program. 6 credits are completed via online courses. Methods include lectures, discussions, demonstrations by the professor and class members, cooperative learning activities, project based learning, reflective journals, and Blackboard work.

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJ DOE), not Rowan University, grants certifications based on requirements set by the state. While coursework for this program meets the academic requirements for NJ DOE certification, it is the student's responsibility to ensure that all other certification requirements are met, including, but not limited to, appropriate type and level of license and years of experience. NJ DOE certification requirements are subject to change. Certification applications are evaluated, by NJ DOE, based on the most current state requirements. For current NJ DOE licensure information, click here.



The M.A. in Counseling in Educational Settings is a full-time or part-time program offered in face-to-face format. It requires the completion of 48 graduate semester hours (16 courses).

Admission to the Counseling in Educational Services Program is selective and consists of a rigorous application review and on campus interview by program faculty. Admission is based on qualifications and available seats. Admission is not automatic.


  • 16 Courses / 48 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements URL: Yes
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 48 S.H.
COUN 26501 Introduction To Counseling And Guidance 3
COUN 26520 Design And Coordination of Developmental Counseling Programs 3
COUN 26526 Individual Counseling Procedures 3
COUN 26509 Group Counseling In Educational Settings 3
COUN 26582 Career Counseling In Educational Settings 3
COUN 26605 Special Topics in Counseling in Educational Settings 1
COUN 26524 Assessment and Appraisal Techniques in Counseling in Educational Settings 3
PSY 09560 Lifespan Development 3
PSY 22507 Development and Learning 3
LDTC 18510 Applied Theories of Learning 3
COUN 26525 Multicultural Counseling 3
COUN 26597 Intervention & Referral Services / School Teams & Community Research 3
COUN 26523 Counseling Interviewing Skills And Techniques 3
COUN 26603 Research and Evaluation Procedures in Counseling in Educational Settings 3
COUN 26527 Practicum In Counseling In Educational Settings 3
COUN 26601 Internship In Counseling In Educational Settings 3

*COUN 26601 course includes an additional $200 field placement fee.
*Choose one: PSY 22507 OR LDTC 18510
*Students must take COUN 26605 3 times with different topic areas for a total of 3 credits.
*Students must take COUN 26601 2 times with different topic areas for a total of 6 credits


Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume

  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives

    • Maximum of 2 pages, tell us about how you might use this program to advance your career. Educational goals beyond the master's level, if applicable, are also relevant. Place your objectives within a context that includes your experiences and the way these have influenced you in considering counseling as a career path.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional sources that speak to the applicant's academic aptitude

  • Recommended minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 (On a 4.0 scale)

  • Interview (The Faculty Admissions Committee will contact applicants directly to schedule an interview. The interview may be in person or via phone for distance applicants).

  • On-site writing sample (conducted during Interview)


Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the M.A. in Counseling in Educational Settings program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Fall September 1 February 15