Department of Counselor Education
Welcome to the Department of Counselor Education (CED) at Kean University! The American Counseling Association defines Counseling "...as a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education and career goals".
CED offers an empathic, supportive, family-like environment where students learn the counseling tools. All options infuse understanding of, and treatment with individuals having a trauma history, making us one of the few trauma-centric programs in the country.
Graduates are employed in a variety of settings including elementary and secondary schools, colleges, agencies, community counseling and mental health centers, hospitals, and government agencies. Some graduates go on to doctoral programs in Counselor Education & Supervision.
About The Program
The Counselor Education Department offers a humanistic, multicultural, non-sexist program designed to train professional counselors. The program's core content provides preparation in the CACREP areas through theoretical training, skill development and practical application in coursework and supervised practica and internships.
CED provides students with a broad-based graduate education in counseling that is sensitive to cultural, gender and sexual orientation differences, and committed to lifelong self-exploration and professional development. The program aims to provide affordable graduate level CACREP accredited programs in a variety of Master’s and post-graduate areas in keeping with Kean's mission to address the needs of first generation students, adult learners, and those from underserved/disenfranchised groups.
COURSE SCHEDULING & LOCATION
CED offers classes at both Union Campus, with classes on week nights at 4:30 & 7:30, and some optional Saturday and Sunday courses, and Ocean (Toms RIver) Campus with classes predominantly on weekends..
Flexible options for completing the internship at a variety of sites, as well as qualifying sites of current employment, are available.
CED currently offers CACREP-accredited Master degree options in School Counseling (SC) and Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC).
DIFFERENT OPTIONS & PROGRAMS
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 credit) option prepares the graduate to begin the process of obtaining Professional Counselor license (LPC).
The School Counseling (48 credit) option prepares counselors to work in Pre-K-12 schools qualifies with NJ Department of Education Certification as School Counselor, and an expanded option, School Counseling with LPC Qualification (60 credits) qualifies for both school counseling certification and the licensing track to the LPC.
An Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling (48 credit) option is approved for licensing by the New Jersey Certification Board for the LCADC. Additional options can be found by clicking the Counseling Programs tab to the right.
A College Counseling and Student Services (48 credit) option prepares students for higher education positions and includes a path to the LPC.
Certification only programs are offered for Student Assistance Coordinator and Director of School Counseling.
A post-M.A. program to help those holding a master’s degree in Counseling of 48 credits or less obtain additional courses to qualify for the LAC is also offered.