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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

» Program Planner: Masters in Counselor Education School Counseling (PDF)

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.

Fall 2019 Courses

EPSY 643 Measurement and Evaluation (3 cr) – online (Instructor: Sandy Gibson)

COUN 660 Organization, Administration, and Supervision (3 cr) – online (Instructor: Cheryl Brown)

COUN 690 Practicum Seminar (3 cr) (Instructor: Jill Schwarz)

Required Textbooks Fall 2019

EPSY 643: Mindtap Counseling for Whiston’s Principles and Applications of Assessment in Counseling.

**Please note that there is no physical textbook necessary for this course. It is all set up through the TCNJ bookstore with all activities and text are online. Follow this link to access the bookstore. Be advised that the “recommended” text the bookstore mentions on their site is not required and there is no need to buy it**

COUN 660: Erford, B. (2019). Transforming the school counseling profession. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill/Prentice Hall. (either the 4th or 5th edition)

COUN 690: Baird, B. (2014). The internship, practicum and field placement handbook. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. (either the 8th or 7th edition)

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