College Counseling

Students who are preparing to work as college counselors and student development professionals will demonstrate the professional knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to promote the academic, career, and personal-social development of college students.

The College Counseling and Student Development CACREP-accredited Program at North Carolina State University consists of 60 credit hours and has two sister entry level programs in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling which also consist of 60 credit hours. They share participation in the School-College-Community Collaboration initiative and 32 credit hours of required core courses in the master's degree curriculum.

NOTE: Student admitted into the master's programs in Counselor Education for the academic year 2010 - 2011 may complete the 54 credit hour curriculum or the 60 credit hour curriculum.

Student admitted into the master's programs in Counselor Education for the academic year beginning with 2011 - 2012 and beyond are required to complete the 60 credit hour curriculum as described below:

In addition to the courses listed below, students choose two required elective courses outside of the Counselor Education Program in consultation with student's advisor.

ECD 524 Career Counseling and Development
ECD 525 Cross-Cultural Counseling
ECD 530 Theories and Techniques of Counseling
ECD 539 Group Counseling
ECD 575 Multicultural Lifespan Development in Educational Context (Formerly ECD 590 Special Problems)
ECD 561 Clinical Assessment (Formerly ECD 590 Special Problems)
ECD 590 Special Problems: Substance Abuse Counseling
ECD 562 Techniques of Counseling (Formerly 590 Special Problems: Counseling Techniques)
ECD 642 Practicum in Counseling
ECI 510 Research applied in Curriculum & Instruction
PSY 535 Test and Measurement

Additional required courses specific to the College Counseling and Student Development Program are:

ECD 535 Student Development in Higher Education
ECD 543 The American College Student
ECD 652 Internship in College Student Development

The 60 credit entry-level program consists of 54 hours of required courses and six credits of electives. Examples of potential elective courses that are available to and recommended for students in the College Counseling and Student Development Program are as follows:

1. Multicultural Diversity

ECD 540 Gender Issues in Counseling
EAC 542 Student Characteristics and the College Environment
PSY 506 Psychology of Gender
PSY 511 Advanced Social Psychology
PSY 558 Psychology and the African Experience
EAC 555 Ethics in Workplace and Education
EAC 602 Seminar in Adult and Higher Education
ECI 500 Theory and Practice in Teaching Diverse Population
CON 5313 Psychological/Social Aspects of Disability (NCCU)
EAC 624 Topical Problems in Adult and Community College Education

2. Administration and Leadership

EAC 541 Administration and Finance of Student Affairs
EAC 544 History of the College Student Experience in the United States
EAC 540 Foundations of Student Affairs
EAC 517 Current Issues in Higher Education
EAC 704 Leadership in Higher and Community College Education
EAC 778 Law and Higher Education

3. Learning and Development

EAC 559 The Adult Learner
PSY 508 Cognitive Processes
PSY 584 Advance Development Psychology
EAC 543 Student Development Theory
EAC 552 College Student Retention
EAC 538 Instructional Strategies in Adult and Higher Education
EAC 539 Teaching in the Online Environment

4. Student Athletes (existing courses)

ECD 590 Student Athletes Counseling
ECD 692 Independent Project in Counselor Education

5. Career Development

ECD 731 Advanced Career Theory, Development and Research
ECD 692 Independent Study in Counselor Education
CON 5312 Job Development/Placement (NCCU)
CON 5325 Advanced Career Counseling (NCCU)

The College Counseling and Student Development Program at NC State reflects the land grant mission of the University. The Program applies the principles of adult education and encourages students who may be employed and have family responsibilities to enroll. Therefore, the students may be enrolled either as full or part-time students until they reach the final internship semester. All college counseling interns will have to be enrolled as full-time students during their final internship semesters.

During the admissions process, students have the opportunity to apply for Residence Director positions within University Housing. The University Housing department interviews the candidates and in conjunction with the Counselor Education program identifies candidates for admission. If a student is selected for a Residence Director position, the appointment would include a three year commitment.

Students who enroll full-time and begin their studies in the first summer session of their first year in the program can conceivably complete the program in two years by adhering to the following sequence: Summer Session I, Summer Session II, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Session I, Summer Session II, Fall Semester, and Spring Semester. Students who are unable to follow this sequence will need at least three years to complete the program in that all internships are conducted during the spring semester of the academic year. 

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