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:
ECD 524 Career Counseling and Development
PROGRAM SPECIFIC COURSES
ECD 535 Student Development in Higher Education
1. Multicultural Diversity
ECD 540 Gender Issues in Counseling
2. Administration and Leadership
EAC 541 Administration and Finance of Student Affairs
3. Learning and Development
EAC 559 The Adult Learner
4. Student Athletes (existing courses)
ECD 590 Student Athletes Counseling
5. Career Development
ECD 731 Advanced Career Theory, Development and Research
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.