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SAC Certification

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) offers 21-semester hours of graduate coursework in fulfillment of the content area curriculum requirements, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:9-13.2 (c) 2, for the Student Assistance Coordinator Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (SAC CEAS) (formerly, the Substance Awareness Coordinator Certificate).

Upon completion of the Student Assistance Coordinator Program at The College of New Jersey, students will be eligible for the SAC CEAS, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:9-13.2 (c) 2.

The educational requirements for the SAC CEAS may also be fulfilled by electing to take the 21-semester hours of SAC coursework as part of, and in addition to, the required courses needed for the Master of Arts degree program in counseling offered at The College of New Jersey. Students wishing to complete the SAC coursework in this manner will be required to take several additional elective courses during the master’s program of study, or upon completion of the degree. 

In their final semester, students must notify the secretary of the Department of Counselor Education that they are about to complete the required coursework for the SAC CEAS.  Upon completion of the final SAC coursework, TCNJ will then notify the New Jersey Department of Education that the student has met the academic requirements for the SAC CEAS. The SAC CEAS will then be issued through the New Jersey Department of Education, not The College of New Jersey.

With the SAC CEAS, and an offer of employment in a position that requires the SAC certificate, individuals are eligible for a provisional educational services certificate with a SAC endorsement.

Upon obtaining a position as a SAC, the individual’s school district must call (609) 292-6378 to register the individual as a candidate in the SAC Residency Program.  A registration packet will be forwarded to the district.

The school district must complete the following documents and submit them to the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Licensure and Credentials,Box 500,Trenton,New Jersey,08625:

  • Statement of Assurance of SAC Position
  • Student Assistance Coordinator Residency Agreement
  • Employment contract specifying candidate’s position as a SAC
  • $50 money order from candidate for the provisional certificate (expires after two years)
  • Resume of residency supervisor

At the end of the 6 month residency (full-time SAC) or 12 month residency (part-time SAC) the residency supervisor submits the three page evaluation recommending SAC certification.  The State Board of Examiners may then issue the standard SAC certificate.

Further information about the SAC certification supervision and residency requirements, or additional clarification about these requirements may be obtained by calling the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Teacher Preparation and Certification at (609) 292-1083.

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