With a combined focus on research, theory and practice, this doctoral program prepares leaders for the field of counseling and counselor education. Adding a traditional core curriculum on development theory, this program focuses on clinical counseling theory and practice and the design and implementation of preventative interventions.
- For Fall Enrollment: Dec. 1
Why Counseling and Counselor Education at NC State:
This Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program is designed to prepare leaders for the fields of counseling and counselor education. The program focuses on clinical counseling theory and practice in addition to a traditional core curriculum on developmental theory. Students develop their competence in theory and practice both through the curriculum and through individualized field experiences appropriate to their area of studies in settings on and away from campus.
Our program emphasizes:
- Multicultural diversity
- Scientist-Practitioner Model
- School-College-Community Collaboration Model
- Clinical counseling theory and practice
- Developmental theory
This program area of study entails a total of 63 credit hours beyond those earned in an accredited master’s program in counseling of at least 60 semester hours. The program consists of a theory core, research core, professional applications core and specialization, all of which extend the knowledge base of the counseling profession in a community of scholarly inquiry and engagement.
Course descriptions can be found in the university course catalog.
Core Courses (21 Hours)
- Scholar Leaders Courses
- Scholar Leader: Diversity and Equity in Schools and Community
- Scholar Leader: Systemic Change in Education and Society
Required College Research Methods (15 Hours)
- ED 710 Applied Quantitative Methods in Education, or equivalent
- ED 730 Introduction to Qualitative Research in Ed, or equivalent
At least ONE of the following research method courses:
- ED 711 Applied Quantitative Methods in Education II or
- ED 731 Advanced Qualitative Research and Data Analysis in Ed or
- ED 750 Mixed Methods Research in Education
Two more advanced research methods courses from the following:
- ED 712 Survey Methods in Educational Research
- ED 750 Mixed Methods Research in Education
- ECI 710 Research Applications in Curriculum & Instruction
- ECD 736 Advanced Assessment in Counseling
- ECD 738 Research in Counselor Education
- Advanced research courses approved by the advisor
Note: Student areas of research are typically focused around technology and other best practices in school, college and clinical mental health counseling and counselor education; domestic and international diversity; and advocacy and social justice. Students are highly encouraged to develop interdisciplinary scholarship through their dissertations and other research expectations. Doctoral students work closely with faculty in designing, implementing and evaluating innovative educational and research projects in response to the needs of society.
Ph.D Core Course (27 credits)
- Scholar Core Required Courses (6 credits)
- ECD 732 Advanced Multicultural Counseling
- ECD 860 Professional Issues in Counselor Education
Program Area of Study (21 credits)
- ECD 731 Career Development Theory and Research
- ECD 735 Counseling Supervision: Theory and Research
- ECD 843 Advanced Counseling Practicum
- ECD 847 Counseling Supervision: Practicum
- ECD 850 Internship in Counselor Education (6 credits)
- ECD 886 Supervised Practice Teaching in Counselor Education
Dissertation Research (Total 9 Hours)
- ECD 895 Doctoral Dissertation Research
Note: A thesis equivalent for those not having completed a thesis during their master’s program is a co-requisite: (ECD 893: Doctoral Supervised Research 1-3 cr.).
Full-time or part-time doctoral students who are working on their dissertations, please note that writing the dissertation requires a major commitment of time and effort on both the part of the doctoral student and the faculty advisor. There should be consultation between the student and the dissertation chair about what is expected to be accomplished, and how much time is to be invested before the student registers. The College of Education strongly recommends that students who are registering for dissertation research (895) or preparation (899) register for at least 3 semester hours per semester, when appropriate.
Please note: If you are currently enrolled in a master’s degree program in our College of Education and are interested in pursuing a Ph.D., you must formally apply to the program through the Graduate School.
Applicants are expected to have a master’s degree in counseling or an equivalent degree with master’s level coursework equivalent to that of a 60-credit hour CACREP-accredited program. In addition to the academic credentials attesting to intellectual competence, evidence of successful leadership and outstanding professional commitment are desired.
- Completed online application, department application form, resume and non-refundable application fee
- GRE scores
- Three recommendations from people who know your academic record and potential for graduate study (letters should be uploaded online)
- Official* transcripts of all post-secondary education
- Official** statement of English Proficiency (TOEFL) for international students
- Students will be asked to submit a writing sample once an application is received
Selection for admission is based on a number of considerations:
- Academic achievement, especially in the junior and senior undergraduate years, and performance in any graduate courses, are carefully evaluated for evidence of competence in intellectual inquiry. For PhD students, a 60-credit hour counseling degree or equivalent master’s program and coursework is required.
- Performance ratings and recommendations from professors and supervisory personnel are also carefully examined for evidence of personal qualities requisite for professional competence.
- Demonstrated leadership activity and/or significant work experience represent additional important factors.
- Interview process – all doctoral candidates are expected to be interviewed, barring significant geographical distances.
- Other additional materials are also welcome to supplement the application – such as a research paper, a video of some “helping” activity by the candidate, etc.
Applications and all supporting documents must be received on or before the Graduate School Priority Deadlines or the Program Deadlines. International students should also consider their specific deadlines, whichever is earlier. For questions, contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-515-2244.
**Request the test center to send your scores directly to NC State when taking the exam; GRE/TOEFL Institution code 5496. Upload unofficial copy when submitting the application.
The Graduate School
North Carolina State University
Research Building III, Room 240
1005 Capability Drive, Box 7102
Raleigh, NC 27695
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We have amazing faculty that have helped me not only understand myself better but have taught me how to be the best school counselor I can be. Having a counselor-first program has developed my counseling skills as well as prepared me for my work in my placement so far.
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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