Post-Master Professional Counselor Licensing Credits

This program is intended for those who hold a master’s degree and who wish to become a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in New Jersey. According to the N.J. Professional Counselor Licensing Act, to become a licensed professional counselor, a candidate must have achieved a graduate degree in counseling and as part of the graduate study, successfully completed a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours, 45 of which must be distributed across eight of nine designated areas. 

Students who have earned an M.A. in Counseling, but who have not earned the requisite 60 credit hours or who have not met the appropriate distribution requirements for professional licensure, may apply for admission to this program. Academic programs for these students are developed based on review of the individual candidates’ official graduate transcript(s). The Program Coordinator will assist the candidate in planning for the completion of areas/courses needed to satisfy educational requirements for licensing in New Jersey.

Admission RequirementsGainful Employment Disclosure
  • A completed application (on paper or online)
  • M.A. in Counseling, M.A. in Counseling Psychology or M.A. in Counselor Education
  • Official graduate transcript(s)
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Personal interview

Post-Master applicants who completed an M.A. in Counseling at Caldwell College

  • Request of the registrar that their graduate transcript be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies
  • Participate in an individual interview with the Program Coordinator or a group interview in order to plan future coursework

These applicants may omit:

  • Letter of recommendation

Caldwell College OPEDID

002598

Department of Education CIP Code for program:

42.2803

CIP Program Title and Definition

Counseling Psychology – A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of psychological counseling, involving the rendering of therapeutic services to individuals and groups experiencing psychological problems and exhibiting distress symptoms. Includes instruction in counseling theory, therapeutic intervention strategies, patient/counselor relationships, testing and assessment methods and procedures, group therapy, marital and family therapy, child and adolescent therapy, supervised counseling practice, ethical standards, and applicable regulations.

Occupations Related to the program

11-9199.01      Regulatory Affairs Managers  
11-9199.02      Compliance Managers
19-3031.03      Counseling Psychologists
25-1066.00      Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary

Normal time to complete program

30 weeks or 2 semesters (based on full time enrollment = 9 credits per semester.)

On-time graduation rate for completers

N/A enrollment: 5

Total estimated tuition and fee costs

$9,960-$12,450 (12-15 credits at $830 per credit – 2012-13 tuition rate)
$200 comprehensive fee, per semester enrolled

Book and supplies costs

Estimated at $600-$1000 per semester

Room and Board

Not offered

Median Title IV Loan Debt 

N/A enrollment: 5

Median Private Loan Debt

N/A enrollment: 5 

 


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