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International School Counseling Program

Prepare to become a school counselor in an International K-12 setting. Led by a dedicated faculty of seasoned counselors, this accredited program focuses on experiential learning. Students can start online in the spring and fall semester or face-to-face each summer in Lisbon, Portugal.

The MA can be completed in two academic years by taking online courses plus summers at our Lisbon site. The online study experience, designed by TCNJ faculty, engages students in rich interactive curricula offering equivalent impact and value as face-to-face instruction. Summers at the Lisbon site offer an immersion in rich Portuguese culture and local school and community mental health practices.


» International School Counseling Program Sequence

» International School Counseling Program Planner with Prerequisites

State Certification

In addition to earning an MA in Counseling, US Citizens are eligible to apply for School Counseling certification in the state of NJ, which is transferable to other US states. Non-US citizens are eligible for a Certificate of Qualification (CQ), which is similar to a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS).  Most international schools recognize this as they would a US certificate, and this is what many of our students earn upon graduation.


The Master of Arts in Counselor Education with a focus on international school counseling is a CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs) accredited program of study.  Accreditation through CACREP recognizes the quality of an academic and experiential program as meeting the standards set forth in the profession of counselor education.


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