In order to be a practicing school counselor in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, you must become certified by the State Department of Education (DOE) Division of Certification in your registered state (Note that certification by the state is distinctly different from national certifications). As a CACREP approved school counseling program, the Department of Counselor Education at The College of New Jersey fully prepares students for New Jersey school counseling certification in grades K-12. In addition to fulfilling their degree program, those seeking school counseling certification in Pennsylvania must present evidence of their successfully passing the PAPA (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics), as well as the PRAXIS Professional School Counseling Exam, all of which are administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). Note: The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania offers two levels of certification in school counseling, one at the elementary level and one at the secondary level, with separate requirements for each grade level.
Prior to the completion of your Master’s degree program you will be advised of the processing procedures for New Jersey school counseling certification, and provided with appropriate application materials and instructions on applying for certification in New Jersey. With regard to PA school certification, the TCNJ Certification Office can fill out the requisite certification form PDE 338A, but you will be required to submit your completed application yourself.
Pennsylvania school counseling certification forms may be obtained from the PA Department of Education and/or downloaded from their website.
Pennsylvania Bureau of Teacher Certification and Preparation
Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
(717) 787-2967 or (717) 787-3356; www.pde.state.pa.us
Further information on PA school counselor certification testing may also be obtained from:
Educational Testing Service (The Praxis Series)
NOO, P.O. Box 6058
Princeton, NJ 08541-6058
www.ets.org and click on ETS store
The TCNJ certification office is located in the Education Building 106.
The telephone number is 609-771-2396.