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Concentration: Counselor Education

Degree: Graduate Certificate
Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development (ELPHD)
Delivery Method: Online
Diversify your skill set and gain the training necessary to become a counseling assistant through this one-year, fully online certificate program.

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Our innovative online program prepares school teachers, administrators, staff, advisors, tutors in schools and universities, human service workers, and individuals interested in counseling work to advocate and support students, their families, clients and local communities. Our certificate program allows students to learn in a flexible environment, with flexible online classwork, without the hassle of traffic and on-campus parking. Students will meet online each week for a 90-minute interactive discussion with the professor, instructors and classmates, in order to stay connected and challenged.

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 certificate program during Summer II (end of June) and will complete the required four classes in one year. If applying to the master’s program in counseling and are accepted, credits completed in this program are transferable.

Course descriptions can be found in the university course catalog.

Full Curriculum (13 credit hours)

  • ECD 510 – Introduction to Counseling
  • ECD 575 – Multicultural Lifespan 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.

Marc A. Grimmett, Ph.D.
Associate Department Head

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

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