Clinical Counseling

Counselor Education Program

The NC State University Counselor Education Program is a multicultural and diverse learning community. Our program integrates and operates from our values of diversity, multiculturalism, social justice, advocacy, collaboration, leadership, technology and community engagement in our teaching, research, scholarship and service. We have a long, rich history as leaders in counseling and counselor education, responsive to the counseling needs of North Carolina, the United States and the world.

Established in 1946, with a foundation rooted in developmental theory, school counseling and career development, our program has evolved and emerged as an innovator of multicultural and social justice counseling. A prominent example of our innovation is the Community Counseling, Education, and Research Center (CCERC) of the NC State Counselor Education Program, with the vision of a national model for world class, multicultural and social justice — counseling, supervision, education, training, research and advocacy.

We offer the following programs:

Master’s Programs (offered online and on-campus)

Doctoral Programs

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Mission and Values

Our mission and values are demonstrated in every area of our counselor education program:

  • We develop multicultural and social justice counseling competent counselors, counselor educators and clinical supervisors.
  • We collaborate with school, college and community partners to support the holistic wellness of children, adolescents, adults, students and families.
  • We advocate for healthier, safer and anti-racist communities committed to social justice and the elimination of oppression.
  • We value our faculty and students and the diversity they bring to our counseling community with respect to racial, ethnic, national, gender, generational, age and sexual identities, and the intersection of these identities. Further, we engage in inclusive teaching, research and service opportunities that seek to serve the interests of all within our state, national and global communities. We seek to build community and facilitate collegial collaboration between students and faculty.
  • We recruit master’s and doctoral students who share our mission and values and whose experiences and expertise allow for meaningful contributions to enhance our community, our services and our program, as well as the greater good. 
  • We enhance the experiences of students, strengthen relationships between faculty and students, improve our program and impact local and professional communities through our active student organizations: Nu Sigma Chi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota Counseling, Academic, and Professional Honor Society International, Doctoral Student Advisory Board, and the NC State University Black Counselors and Counselor Educators Collective.
  • We follow a multicultural, strengths-based, wellness-focused, developmental, trauma-informed, social justice, prevention and early intervention framework to create an optimal learning environment for all students.
  • We utilize an ongoing, comprehensive and systematic assessment plan to ensure equity and transparency, as well as to continually improve our program and address areas for growth. The NC State University Counselor Education Program Evaluation Summary: 2020-2021 Annual Report follows the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) program evaluation standards.
  • We prepare students across specializations for their professional careers. From 2013-2020, 93% of students passed the National Counselor Examination on their first attempt.
Counselor Education


The Program offers the three master’s degrees in college, clinical mental health, and school counseling are offered as on-campus and online deliveries. Students may choose one of these two delivery options. Both the on-campus and online platforms require the completion of identical 60 credits curricular requirements.

If you want a flexible learning experience, the online delivery may be right for you. Our innovative online delivery requires the students to study from Moodle, an online learning platform as well as to meet weekly in a live web conference session for a variety of learning activities including counseling practice, role-plays, and presentations.


  • Stanley Baker, Professor of Counselor Education, Counselor Education Program, Coordinator of the School Counseling Program, Adviser to the Nu Sigma Chi Chapter of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling and Academic Honor Society International, ELPHD Department
  • Cristina Braga,  Assistant Teaching Professor, Counselor Education, ELPHD Department
  • Nicole Childs,  Assistant Teaching Professor, Counselor Education, ELPHD Department
  • Adria Shipp Dunbar, Assistant Professor, Doctoral Program Coordinator, Counselor Education, ELPHD Department
  • Marc A. Grimmett, Associate Department Head, Professor, ELPHD Department
  • Rolanda Mitchell, Assistant Teaching Professor, Counselor Education, ELPHD Department
  • Sylvia Nassar, Professor, Counselor Education, ELPHD Department
  • Brean’a Parker, Assistant Professor, Counselor Education, ELPHD Department
  • Jose Picart, Senior Faculty Fellow, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, Professor of Counselor Education, ELPHD Department and Executive Director, Wake Partnership for Postsecondary Success
  • Angela Smith, Associate Teaching Professor, Program Coordinator of Counselor Education, Program Coordinator of College Counseling, Counselor Education, ELPHD Department
  • Siu-Man Raymond Ting, Professor, Director of Graduate Programs, Program Coordinator for On- Campus College Counseling and Student Development, ELPHD Department
  • Elizabeth Vincent, Clinical Coordinator, Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Terri Tilford, Clinical Coordinator, Assistant Teaching Professor