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.
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.
Student Affairs in Higher Education
For individuals who aspire to careers in Student Affairs at the college and/or university level, this same program offers the Master of Arts degree in Counseling in Educational Settings, with coursework and the Practicum/Internship chosen to reflect career objectives within Student Affairs. Careers in Student Affairs include positions in college counseling centers, career centers, admissions, registrar, student life, resident life and dean of students offices.
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.
Total semester hours required for program completion: 48 s.h.
Additional requirements: Action Research Project
The following courses make up the M.A. in Counseling in Educational Settings program.
*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
Total Program Semester Hours: 48
Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.
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.
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
In a minimum of 3 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
Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (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.
Note: The program cap size for AY 18-19 (Fall 2018 cohort) is 24. Applications will be considering on a rolling basis. The published application deadline is 7/1/18 however the cohort could be closed earlier (will be closed once cap is reached).
Tuition & Costs
Per Semester Hour
Note: This rate applies to academic year 2017/2018 and is subject to change.