Become an Advocate for K-12 Students

In Rider’s counseling services program, you will prepare to empower K-12 students and help teachers and families take proactive steps to prevent problems. Build a dynamic, rewarding career with Rider’s cutting-edge instruction, hands-on practice in schools and supportive faculty who are dedicated to student-centered learning approaches and mentorship.

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Facts & Figures


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Common Careers

Graduates of Rider’s counseling services program exit well-trained to enter school counseling positions in elementary and secondary public and private schools. 

In addition, the program prepares students for the eight-core content areas of the National Counselor Exam (NCE), required by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) in order to become a National Certified Counselor. Students completing this program will also have met the educational requirements for Board Certified Coach (BCC) and, with two additional courses, for the Student Assistance Coordinator (SAC) certificate.

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Program Requirements

Our 48-credit program meets the educational requirements for state certification as a K-12 school counselor in New Jersey and meets the certification requirements of most other states.

Courses are offered in the evenings with full-time and part-time enrollment options available to meet the needs of returning and professional students with busy lives.  

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Accreditation Information

The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP), the premier national accrediting body that ensures excellence in counselor preparation and training and is approved for certification with the New Jersey Department of Education.

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Rider Stories

Our students are the best testament to the value of a Rider education.

Kaitlin Sleight ’18 (M.A. in Counseling Services - School Counseling Concentration)

“Rider has prepared me professionally and personally in more ways than I ever expected when I first started my degree. The professors and staff in the department are incredibly approachable and provide invaluable mentorship as you navigate the program and look to apply what you are learning to your future career goals. In fact, one of my former professors, Dr. Christina Peterson continues to help me realize my career aspirations as I was given the opportunity to partner with her on developing a new graduate counseling course.”

School Counseling Explained

Watch this informative video for more information on school counseling.

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Juleen Buser

Professor and Director, School Counseling and Coaching Programs

Graduate Education, Leadership and Counseling

Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 218-E

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