Counseling Services at Rider provides graduate level training in both clinical mental health and school counseling.
The counseling services faculty is committed to preparing students to enter the counseling field with strong counseling skills and a deep knowledge base. The Master's Degree programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
All degree and certification programs are:
- student centered,
- flexible to meet adult learning needs and schedules,
- provide cutting-edge philosophy and practice in schools and agencies, and
- staffed by supportive faculty who mentor students.
What makes our counseling programs special?
Faculty’s focus on wellness counseling and positive psychology, with emphasis on clients’ strengths, rather than on deficits.
Master's of Arts Degree in Counseling Services, School Counseling Option
This 48-credit program prepares students to be certified as a school counselor in elementary and secondary public and private schools. The program’s emphasis is on developmental counseling. Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the program has been approved for certification by the New Jersey State Board of Education and meets the certification requirements in most other states; and meets the core requirements of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). Students may take two additional courses to also qualify for the Substance Awareness Coordinator (SAC) Certificate.
Master's of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
This 60-credit program prepares candidates for counseling positions in mental health agencies, hospitals, industry, and private practice. The program is accredited under the 2001 CACREP standards and meets the academic requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and most other states; and for certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). Students may take additional courses to also qualify for the Substance Awareness Coordinator (SAC) Certificate.
Educational Specialist Degree in Counseling Services
The Educational Specialist (Ed.S), a 66-credit terminal degree beyond the master’s level, provides advanced training for professional counselors in the expanding demands of their profession. The program provides opportunities for those seeking a career change, specialization in a specific area, and broadening skill development. Certificate programs may be incorporated into student’s plan of study.
Counseling Services at Rider offers three New Jersey certification programs: School Counselor, Director of School Counseling Services, and Substance Awareness Coordinator. At this time, admission is limited to currently enrolled students in or graduates of the Master’s Degree or Educational Specialist Degree in Counseling Services. For certification programs, you will need a graduate degree in counseling or related field. Current MA Counseling students may complete the Rider University Substance Awareness Coordinator certificate requirements while enrolled in their MA program.
School Counselor Certificate Program
The 48-credit program meets the certification requirements in New Jersey and most other states. Students are responsible for applying directly to states other than New Jersey for certification. Admission is limited.
Director of Counseling Services
The program is designed for school counselors who wish to be certified as director of counseling services. The applicant’s academic and experience background are assessed in terms of state certification requirements. Admission is limited.
Substance Awareness Coordinator
The Rider University Substance Awareness Coordinator (SAC) Certificate is an approved program by the New Jersey Department of Education. This certificate is comprised of 21 semester hours. This Rider SAC certificate qualifies students to apply for the Substance Awareness Coordinator Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (SAC CEAS) in New Jersey, which is supplied by the NJ Department of Education. Admission is limited.