Master of Education

School Counseling

Become a certified school counselor 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 equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to work as school counselors to promote the academic, career and social development of all K-12 students.

Application Deadlines

  • For on-campus option: Jan. 15
  • For online option: April 15
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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


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


Study alongside other professionals in a diverse and 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.

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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