Program overview

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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Career ready

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.

Hear from our alumni

Where will a Rider education lead you? Read the stories of our alumni to discover how they use their counseling degree to transform lives.

Rachel Curran '06, '09 (M.A. in Counseling Services - School Counseling Concentration)

"I felt early on that the program provided training for me to be successful."

Read her story

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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.

The MA Counseling and MA CMHC programs are on an 8-year accreditation cycle and are CACREP-accredited until October 31, 2022. CACREP accreditation is sought for our programs on an ongoing basis.

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.  


Juleen Buser

Professor and Director, School Counseling and Coaching Programs

Bierenbaum Fisher Hall

jbuser [at]


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