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College Counseling

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
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:

CORE COURSES

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

 

PROGRAM SPECIFIC COURSES

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

ECD 535 Student Development in Higher Education

ECD 543 Introduction to College Counseling (Formerly The American College Student)

ECD 652 Internship in College Student Development

 

ELECTIVES

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

 

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)

 

Students are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) in the final semester of their program. Completion of a Master's Degree in Counseling and passing the NCE are two of the prerequisites for becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a career goal for many of our students.

 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. 

 

FYI: Suggested Graduate Coursework Satisfying Licensure Requirements Revised 11/11/14

(upon completion of program)

A. Helping Relationships in Counseling

ECD 530 Theories and Techniques of Counseling

ECD 562 Techniques of Counseling (Formerly ECD 590 Special Problems: Counseling Techniques)

ECD 590 Special Problems: Substance Abuse

B-1. Counseling Practicum

ECD 642 Practicum in Counseling

B-2. Counseling Internship

ECD 652 Internship in College Student Development

C. Professional Orientation to Counseling

ECD 543 Introduction to College Counseling (Formerly The American College Student)

***(Former Students: Combination of ECD 535, ECD 530, ECD 562, & ECD 652; Contact Counselor Education Program for university course descriptions and/or syllabi, if required for clarification)***

D. Human Growth and Development Theories in Counseling

EDP 575 Multicultural Lifespan Development in Educational Context (Formerly ECD 590 Special Problems)

E. Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling

ECD 525 Cross-Cultural Counseling

F. Group Counseling Theories and Processes

ECD 539 Group Counseling

G. Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development

ECD 524 Career Counseling and Development

H. Assessment in Counseling

ECD 561 Clinical Assessment (Formerly ECD 590 Special Problems)

PSY 535 Tests and Measurement

I. Research and Program Evaluation

ECI 510 Research Applications in Curriculum & Instruction

 


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