The 100% online certificate program consists of 13 credits completed in one year.

Award of the GCCE requires a minimum overall GPA of B (3.0) in all certificate program courses. None of the courses may be taken “for credit only”. No transfer credits from on campus courses or from other institutions are allowed for the certificate. All students must be registered through NC State University. All GCCE students will take only one class per semester and are expected to maintain continuous enrollment every semester (including two summer sessions) until all course work is completed.

Due to its popularity and limited resources, GCCE classes are restricted to Counselor Education program students only.


Students will begin the one-year program during Summer II (end of June) and have one year to complete the required four classes (13 credit hours):

  • Introduction to Counseling (ECD 510)
  • Career Counseling and Development (ECD 524)
  • Theories and Techniques of Counseling (ECD 530)
  • Cross Cultural Counseling (ECD 525)

Should you choose to pursue a master’s degree in counseling, these credits may be eligible for transfer into your program.


  • ECD 510 Introduction to Counseling (3 credits); REQUIRED
    • An introduction to counseling with a focus on three settings-schools, college, and community agencies. Designed to explore issues of theory, practice and research with regard to children, adolescents, college students and adults. Personal and professional exploration is encouraged through the use of psychological tests.


  • ECD 524 Career Counseling and Development (3 credits); REQUIRED
    • Designed to help professionals acquire the knowledge and skills needed to (a) provide professional career counseling to individuals and (b) to design, implement and evaluate career development programs for particular groups. Areas of study include: theories of career development and decision-making; career guidance programs for youth and adults in educational, agency, and industrial settings; career information sources and delivery systems; and assessment in career counseling.


  • ECD 530 Theories and Techniques of Counseling (4 credits); REQUIRED
    • Study of theory, philosophy and techniques in counseling. Topics include behavioral approaches, psychoanalytic approaches, client-centered counseling, existential counseling, and relationship models, and their relation to counseling. Techniques related to each theory are presented.


  • ECD 525 Cross-cultural Counseling (3 credits); REQUIRED
    • Theory and practice of counseling culturally different clients. Client populations include African Americans, Asian Americans, American Indians, and Hispanics. Topics include cultural assumptions, cultural values, counselor credibility, prejudice, and racism in the context of counseling.