Counselor education student.

Graduate Certificate

Counselor Education

Diversify your skill set and gain the training necessary to become a counseling assistant through this one-year, fully online certificate program.

This innovative online program prepares school teachers, administrators, advisors, human service workers and individuals interested in counseling work to advocate and support students, their families, clients and local communities.

Application Information

Applications are considered on a rolling basis:

  • For Summer, Fall and Spring
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Why Counseling and Counselor Education at NC State:


Quality instruction that incorporates research and best practices you can apply to real-world situations


Flexible online program offering 90-minute interactive class discussions once a week


Study alongside other professionals in a collaborative learning environment that will help you expand your network

Program Details

This one-year online program prepares individuals to provide paraprofessional counseling to assist licensed professional counselors. The certificate program alone does not prepare students to work as professional counselors; however, it offers an introductory path into the counseling profession.

Our program emphasizes:

  • Current practices and what’s new in the field
  • Essential counseling skills
  • Interventions in counseling
  • Understanding and managing multicultural counseling challenges

Students will begin the one-year program during Summer II (end of June) and have one year to complete the required four classes. Credits completed in this program may be eligible for transfer into the master’s program in counseling.

Course descriptions can be found in the university course catalog.

Full Curriculum (13 credit hours)

  • ECD 510 – Introduction to Counseling
  • ECD 524 – Career Counseling and Development
  • ECD 530 – Theories and Techniques of Counseling
  • ECD 525 – Cross-Cultural Counseling

We encourage all interested students to apply. Applicants should have a 3.0 out of a 4.0 GPA but may receive provisional admittance based on related graduate classes completed in the field of education, human services or training and development, and, ultimately, by earning at least a “B” (3.0) average in the first class of the program.

To apply:

  • Complete online Graduate School application and submit non-refundable admission fee
  • Submit resume outlining education and work experience

Admission to this graduate certificate program takes place in the spring for a summer start. Rolling admissions are possible if seats are available. Email us at with any questions.

Review the Estimated Cost of Attendance associated with this graduate certificate program for the upcoming semester tuition and fees. Note that tuition and fees are subject to change.

Siu-Man “Raymond” Ting, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator

Nicole Childs, Ph.D.
GCCE Program Coordinator
Teaching Assistant Professor

When you join the Counseling and Counselor Education program at the NC State College of Education, you will receive the quality instruction you need at North Carolina’s leading college of education to become the counseling professional you want to be.


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Ranked in Value Among Colleges of Education in N.C. (Money Magazine)

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Dr. Sui-Man Raymond Ting
Dr. Sui-Man Raymond Ting
Nicole Childs, Ph.D.
Nicole Childs, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor