M.A. in Counseling in Educational Settings

About the Program

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.

School Counseling
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.


Program Code: MA-COUNEDSET / Major Code: G825

  • Total semester hours required for program completion: 48 s.h.
  • Additional requirements: Action Research Project

Coursework (Program Semester Hours: 48)
The courses listed here are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the CGCE section tally.

Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
Required Courses: 48 s.h.
COUN 26501 Introduction to Counseling and Guidance 3
COUN 26520 Design and Administration of Developmental Counseling Programs 3
COUN 26526 Individual Counseling Procedures 3
COUN 26509 Group Counseling in Educational Settings 3
COUN 26582 Career Counseling in Educational Settings 3
COUN 26605 Advanced Workshop/Counseling in Educational Settings 1 (*3)
COUN 26528 Assessment and Appraisal Techniques in Counseling in Educational Settings 3
PSY 09560 Life Span Development 3
PSY 22507
LDTC 18510
Development and Learning

Applied Theories of Learning

COUN 26525 Multicultural Counseling and Advocacy in Educational Settings 3
COUN 26597 Institutions and Agencies 3
COUN 26523 Counseling Interviewing Skills and Techniques 3
COUN 26603 Research and Evaluation Procedures
(Pre-reqs: COUN 26520 and COUN 26509and COUN 26526 and COUN 26501 and COUN 26527 and COUN 26582)
COUN 26527 Practicum/Counseling in Educational Settings
(Pre-reqs: COUN 26509 and COUN 26526)
COUN 26601 Internship/Counseling in Educational Settings
(Pre-reqs: COUN 26520 and COUN 26509and COUN 26526 and COUN 26501 and COUN 26527 and COUN 26582)

*Students must take this course 3x with different topic areas for a total of 3 credits. Please consult Academic Advisor with questions.

Admission Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for this program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the CGCE Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • CGCE Graduate Application Form (Download the PDF or click here to apply online)
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • 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)
  • Submission of official GRE test results (applicants with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better are waived from this requirement)
  • 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

Below is a list of anticipated start dates. The start dates indicated are based on the university calendar or the CGCE schedule. Your actual first day of class will depend on the course sequence which will be provided by a CGCE Enrollment Advisor once you have matriculated in the program.

Entry Term & Module Start Date(s) Application Deadline(s)
Spring 2015 (Camden Campus) 01/20/2015 11/15/2014
Fall 2015 (Main Campus) 09/01/2015 06/01/2015

Tuition & Costs

$648 tuition + $144.90 in fees = $792.90 per semester hour
(this rate applies to academic year 2014/2015 and is subject to change)

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