College Counseling and Student Development

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Students who are preparing to work as college counselors and student development professionals will demonstrate the professional knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to promote the academic, career, and personal-social development of college students.

The online college counseling program at North Carolina State University consists of 60 credit hours and has two sister entry level programs in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling which also consist of 60 credit hours. They share participation in the School-College-Community Collaboration initiative and required core courses in the master’s degree curriculum.


All students must reside in NC. During your final year, some on campus (weekend) classes are required.

Each year, the students take two classes in fall and spring semester, and two classes in summer. In the final year, the students enroll in practicum and part-time internships.

Applicants who have earned a Graduate Certificate in Counselor Education (GCCE) at NC State may have those credit hours applied to the M.Ed program requirements.

Core Coursework

ECD 510 Introduction to Counseling
Introduction to counseling with a focus on three settings: schools, college and community agencies. Exploration of issues of theory, practice and research with regard to children, adolescents, college students and adults. Personal and professional exploration encouraged through use of psychological tests.
ECD 524 Career Counseling and Development
This course is designed to prepare counselors in acquiring the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources needed to provide career counseling to individuals and to design, implement, and evaluate career education and career development programs.
ECD 525 Cross-Cultural Counseling
Theory and practice of counseling culturally diverse clients. Client populations include African Americans, Asian-Americans, American Indians and Hispanics. Cultural assumptions, cultural values, counselor credibility, prejudice and racism in context of counseling.
ECD 530 Theories and Techniques of Counseling
This course provides an overview of both existing and emerging counseling theories and related strategies of counseling practice. This course has been developed to guide you in your awareness of, and competence in, the reflexive use of theory to inform practice and practice to advance theory, as well as to help you develop a critical perspective about the activity of theorizing as a professional endeavor within counseling. This course will also introduce you to various professional issues related to the field of counseling, including professional organizations, licensure, counseling ethics, and multicultural competence and awareness.
ECD 539 Group Counseling
Theory and practice of group counseling. Theoretical positions include client-centered, behavioral and rational-emotive. Aspects of group process include group leadership, group membership, establishing and maintaining a group.
EDP 575 Multicultural Lifespan Development in Educational Context
This course surveys theories, principles, and issues of psychological development throughout the lifespan. Emphasis will be placed on understanding current developmental research and its application to the enhancement of development from birth to late adulthood. Implications for helping professionals working in multicultural contexts will be provided.
ECD 561 Clinical Assessment (Formerly ECD 590: Special Problems)
Exploration of meaning and importance of assessment in the counseling process. The utilization of counseling assessments based on legal and ethical guidelines and cultural considerations. Identify, interpret, and explain assessments in clinical, college, and school counseling settings.
ECD 590: Substance Abuse Counseling
ECD 590: Research in Counselor Education
ECD 590: Crisis Intervention Counseling
ECD 590: Family & Couples Counseling
ECD 562 Techniques in Counseling
In this course students work towards mastery of counseling skills, review relevant theories, and prepare for Practicum. Students will practice counseling skills in class and spend their out of class lab hours practicing skills in partnering schools. Students will do some limited video taping of counseling sessions and receive feedback on tapes from Counselor Education doctoral students taking their supervision theory class.
ECD 642 Practicum in Counseling
Student participation in individual and group counseling and consultation experiences under supervision in a school, college, or agency setting.

Specialty Coursework

Additional required courses specific to the College Counseling and Student Development Program are:

ECD 535 Student Development in Higher Education
ECD 543 Introduction to College Counseling (Formerly The American College Student)
ECD 652 Internship in College Student Development
A 600-hour internship. Professional experience in student affairs department with on-site supervision from qualified professional. Expectations including employment of broad repertoire of skills in roles of counselor, student development educatorand administrator. Weekly student meetings with faculty and on-site supervisors.