Certificate Programs

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.

Student Assistance Coordinator
The Rider University Student Assistance 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.

Students should consult the NJ Department of Education for the most updated and detailed explanations of the requirements to ultimately qualify for a standard SAC certificate through the NJ Department of Education.

This Rider SAC certificate meets 9 content area requirements and is covered in 7 courses:

  • COUN 515: Substance Abuse Counseling (content areas 1 and 5)
  • EDPS 503: Human Growth and Development (content area 2)
  • CNPY 518: Counseling with Children, Adolescents, & Their Families (content areas 3 and 6)
  • EDSO 501: Foundations of School Counseling and Referral Sources for Client and Students with Special Needs (content areas 4 and 7)
  • COUN 516: Strategies in Addictions Counseling (content area 5)
  • COUN 530: Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling and Psychotherapy (content area 8)
  • CNSC 580 OR CNSC 581 (depending on the site) (content area 9)
    • CNSC 580: Elementary School Counseling Practicum and Substance Awareness Coordinator Practicum
    • CNSC 581: Secondary School Counseling Practicum and Substance Awareness Coordinator Practicum

As of fall 2012, Rider students who are currently seeking either the Master’s of Arts in Counseling Services, School Counseling or the Master’s of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling may fulfill requirements for the SAC certificate, as they complete their MA degree. Extra courses will be required.

Specifically, school counseling students will need to take the following courses, in addition to their regular program of study:

  • COUN 515: Substance Abuse Counseling
  • COUN 516: Strategies in Addictions Counseling

Clinical Mental Health Counseling students will need to take the following courses, in addition to their regular program of study:

  • EDSO 501: Foundations of School Counseling and Referral Sources for Client and Students with Special Needs,
  • CNPY 518: Counseling with Children, Adolescents, & Their Families 
  • CNSC 580 OR CNSC 581 (depending on the site)

Currently enrolled students are encouraged to consult with their program advisors for more information on this certificate option.