Counselor education student.

Master of Education

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Earn your master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling in as little as three years through this flexible master’s program available in a traditional or online format.

Using the School-College-Community Collaboration Model, we prepare students to work with professionals in different fields to promote wellness and benefits of the clients while maintaining a commitment to multicultural diversity.

Application Deadlines

  • For on-campus option: Jan. 15
  • For online option: Jan. 15
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Why Counseling and Counselor Education at NC State:

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

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

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Complete your courses 100 percent online and or on campus to fit your schedule and career goals

Program Details

This M.Ed. in clinical mental health counseling is designed to prepare students to work with professionals in different fields to promote wellness and benefits of their clients. In addition to the traditional core curriculum on developmental theory and the design and implementation of preventive interventions, the program focuses on clinical counseling theory and practice. Both on-campus and online deliveries are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Our program emphasizes:

  • Multicultural diversity
  • Scientist-Practitioner Model
  • School-College-Community Collaboration Model
  • Clinical counseling theory and practice
  • Developmental theory

On-Campus Option

Students who enroll full-time and begin their studies in the summer session of their first year in the program can conceivable complete the program in two years by adhering to the following sequence:

  • Summer Session I
  • Summer Session II
  • Fall Semester
  • Spring Semester
  • Summer Session I
  • Summer Session II
  • Fall Semester
  • Spring Semester

Students who are unable to follow this sequence will need at least three years to complete the program as all internships are conducted during the spring semester.

Online Option

The online curriculum is a three-year, part-time cohort program that requires students to take courses year-round including summer. Students begin in Summer Session I, and typically take two online classes in fall and in spring.

Course descriptions can be found in the university course catalog.

Core Courses

  • ECD 510 – Orientation to Professional Counseling, Identity, and  Ethics (3 credits)
  • ECD 524 – Career Counseling and Development (3 credits)
  • ECD 530 – Theories of Counseling (4 credits)
  • ECD 525 – Multicultural Counseling (3 credits)
  • ECD 561 – Strategies for Clinical Assessment in Counseling (3 credits)
  • ECD 536 – Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling (4 credits)
  • ECD 590 – Human Development in Counseling (3 credits)
  • ECD 540 – Gender Issues in Counseling (3 credits)
  • ECD 562 – Techniques in Counseling (4 credits)
  • ECD 590 – Special Problems: Substance Abuse Counseling (3 credits)
  • ECD 539 – Group Counseling (3 credits)
  • ECD 642 – Practicum in Counseling (3 credits)
  • ECD 590 – Special Problems: Research Issues (3 credits)
  • ECD 590 – Special Problems: Counseling Couples and Families (3 credits)
  • ECD 590 – Special Problems: Crisis Counseling (3 credits)
  • ECD 651 – Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (6 credits)
  • ECD 651 – Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (6 credits)

  • Completed online application, department application form, resume and non-refundable application fee
  • GRE or MAT 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

Selection for admission is based on a number of considerations:

  1. Academic achievement, especially in the junior and senior undergraduate years, as well as performance in any graduate courses, is carefully evaluated for evidence of competence in intellectual inquiry.
  2. Performance ratings and recommendations from professors and supervisory personnel are also carefully examined for evidence of personal qualities requisite for professional competence.
  3. Demonstrated leadership activity and/or significant work experience represent additional important factors.
  4. Interview process –candidates are selected to be interviewed, barring significant geographical distances.
  5. 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.

**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

Review the Estimated Cost of Attendance associated with this master’s degree for the upcoming semester tuition and fees. Note that tuition and fees are subject to change.

For a complete and detailed description of the programs’ objectives and organization, as well as regulations, procedures and resources for all students, please refer to The Student Handbook.

  • PLO 1: Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice – Students will demonstrate knowledge of and skills related to ethical professional counseling practice (CACREP 2.F.1).
  • PLO 2: Social and Cultural Diversity – Students will demonstrate knowledge of the role cultural context plays in the practice of professional counseling and apply culturally relevant skills for working with diverse populations (CACREP 2.F.2).
  • PLO 3: Human Growth and Development – Students will demonstrate knowledge and application of human growth and development, as well as related contextual dimensions, to the practice of professional counseling (CACREP 2.F.3.).
  • PLO 4: Career Development – Students will demonstrate knowledge and application of career development to the practice of professional counseling (CACREP 2.F.4.).
  • PLO 5: Counseling and Helping Relationships – Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills of the helping process; counseling theories and techniques; prevention, education, consultation, and wellness models; counselor self-understanding; and the change process (CACREP 2.F.5.).
  • PLO 6: Group Counseling and Group Work – Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills of group development, dynamics, theories, and techniques (CACREP 2.F.6).
  • PLO 7: Assessment and Testing –  Students will demonstrate knowledge and application of culturally and developmentally appropriate clinical assessment and evaluation practices (CACREP 2.F.4.; CACREP 2.F.7.).
  • PLO 8: Research and Program Evaluation – Students will critically evaluate and utilize research, evidence-based practices, and/or program evaluation (CACREP 2.F.8.).
  • PLO 10: CMHC – Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to address a wide variety of circumstances within the context of clinical mental health counseling.

Faculty in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program:

  • 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, Teaching Assistant Professor, Counselor Education, ELPHD Department
  • Nicole Childs, Teaching Assistant Professor, GCCE Coordinator, Counselor Education, ELPHD Department
  • Sharon Chung, Teaching Assistant Professor, Counselor Education, ELPHD Department
  • Adria Shipp Dunbar, Assistant Professor, Counselor Education, ELPHD Department
  • Marc Grimmett, Associate Professor, Coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, Counselor Education, ELPHD Department
  • Helen Lupton-Smith, Teaching Assistant Professor, Clinical Coordinator, Counselor Education, ELPHD Department
  • Rolanda Mitchell, Teaching Assistant Professor, Counselor Education, ELPHD Department
  • Sylvia Nassar, Professor, Doctoral Program Coordinator, 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, Teaching Associate Professor, Coordinator of College Counseling Program, Counselor Education, ELPHD Department
  • Siu-Man Raymond Ting, Professor, Program Coordinator of Counselor Education Program, and Director of Graduate Programs, ELPHD Department

The NC State College of Education’s Counselor Education program is geared towards finding solutions to social problems that are affecting our communities and youth in huge ways.

Jasmine Ambrose

Jasmine Ambrose, Clinical Mental Health Counseling student

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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Contact Us

Dr. Marc Grimmett
Dr. Marc Grimmett
Associate Professor
On-Campus Coordinator
magrimme@ncsu.edu
Dr. Cristina Braga
Dr. Cristina Braga
Teaching Assistant Professor
Online Coordinator
cbraga@ncsu.edu