The Counselor Education Program at North Carolina State University has had a long and rich history of contributing to the needs of North Carolina and the nation. Founded in 1946 with the appointment of Professor Roy Anderson, the counselor education program functioned largely as a one person enterprise with a focus on occupational information and guidance.
At present Counselor Education offers graduate programs of study at the masters and doctoral levels. At the masters level, there are three concentrations: school counseling College Counseling and Student Development, and Clinical Mental Health counseling. The doctorate, a combined focus on research, theory and practice, is designed to prepare leaders for the field of counseling and counselor education. All programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
In addition to the traditional core of individual and group counseling, a major program focus is on developmental theory and the design and implementation of preventive interventions based on this theory. In the design of the curriculum and throughout each course, the student's competence in theory and practice is important. Students participate in individualized field experiences appropriate to their area of study in settings on and away from campus.
The Counselor Education program at NC State shares the University's land grant Mission. Through our Scientist-Practitioner and School-College -Community Collaboration Model, we train culturally competent counselors and counselor educators who are able to work collaboratively across settings to effectively lead, serve, and advocate for the academic, career, and personal-social development of children, adults, families, and communities.
Our Vision is to push forward the frontiers of knowledge: Advanced video, computer, and networking technologies do and will continue to link Counselor Education graduate students and faculty with regional, state, national, and international partners in teaching, research, and service endeavors designed to offer hope to persons with the least access to educational and career opportunities afforded by life in the 21st century.
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