Program Contact

Dr. Marc Grimmett
Program Contact

Dr. Cristina Braga

Master of Education

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development (ELPHD)

Adopting the School-College-Community Collaboration Model, we prepare students who can work with professionals in different fields to promote wellness and benefits of the clients. In addition to the traditional core on developmental theory and the design and implementation of preventive interventions based on this theory, the program focuses on clinical counseling theory and practice. Another major focus is the commitment to multicultural diversity, which is reflected in the required coursework and in the faculty-student community.  Both the on-campus and online deliveries are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Accreditation: NC State is accredited by SACS until 2024 and all the counseling programs are eligible for renewal of accreditation by CACREP October 31, 2020.

Students are welcome to apply to the degree program.  They may select the on-campus option or the online option. It is the same degree and curriculum offered in two different deliveries.

Important Dates
Thursday, 7:15 - 8:45pm POE Hall 216
September 19, 2019
Admission Info Session
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January 15, 2020
Application deadline for on-campus and online options

Program Description

Founded in 1946, the Counselor Education Program at North Carolina State University has had a long and rich history of contributing to the needs of North Carolina and the nation.

In the design of the curriculum and throughout each course, the student’s competence in theory and practice is important. Students participate in individualized field experiences appropriate to their area of study in settings on and away from campus.

In light of our focus on multicultural diversity, we are particularly interested in attracting students from culturally-diverse backgrounds. In recent years, we have increased the proportion of culturally-different students from less than 5% to almost 20% of our degree candidates. Our curriculum content acknowledges the significance of cross-cultural perspectives in counseling theory, research and practice.

The Clinical Mental Health Program at NC State reflects the land-grant mission of the university. The program is dedicated to excellent teaching and the creation and application of knowledge and principles of adult education. Students who may be employed and/or have family responsibilities are encouraged to enroll.


The Counselor Education Program at NC State shares the university’s land-grant mission. Through our Scientist-Practitioner and School-College-Community Collaboration Model, we train culturally competent counselors and counselor educators who are able to work collaboratively across settings to effectively lead, serve and advocate for the academic, career, personal and social development of children, adults, families and communities.


Our vision is to advance the frontiers of knowledge. Advanced video, computer, and networking technologies do and will continue to link Counselor Education graduate students and faculty with regional, state, national and international partners in teaching, research and service endeavors designed to offer hope to persons with the least access to educational and career opportunities afforded by life in the 21st century.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed online application, 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. Relevance for career goals: Reflected from performance ratings; recommendations from professors and supervisory personnel are carefully examined.
  2. Aptitude for graduate-level study: 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.
  3. Potential success in forming effective counseling relationships: Performance ratings and recommendations from professors and supervisory personnel are carefully examined for evidence of personal qualities requisite for professional competence.
  4. Respect for cultural differences: Reflected from demonstrated leadership activity and/or significant work experience that represents additional important factors.
  5. Interview process: Candidates are selected to be interviewed, barring significant geographical distances.
  6. Other additional materials are also welcomed 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 application.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Course of Study

On Campus Option

Students who enroll full-time and begin their studies in the first summer
session of their first year in the program can conceivably 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, and Spring Semester. Students who are unable to follow this sequence will need at least three years to complete the program in that all internships are conducted during the spring semester of the academic year.

Online Option

The online option 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.



Effective for admissions after Summer 1, 2019

Course descriptions can be found in the university course catalog.

Core Courses

  • ECD 524 Career Counseling and Development
  • ECD 525 Cross-Cultural Counseling
  • ECD 530 Theories and Techniques of Counseling
  • ECD 539 Group Counseling
  • ECD 575 Multicultural Lifespan Development
  • ECD 561 Clinical Assessment
  • ECD 590 Special Problems: Substance Abuse Counseling
  • ECD 562 Techniques of Counseling
  • ECD 642 Practicum in Counseling
  • ECD 590 Special Problems: Research in Counseling
  • ECD 590 Special Problems: Crisis Intervention and Counseling
  • ECD 590 Special Problems: Counseling Couples and Families
  • ECD 540: Gender Issues in Counseling

Program Specific Courses

Additional required courses specific to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program are as follows:

  • ECD 536 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • ECD 653 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Students are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) in the final semester of their program. Completion of a Master’s Degree in Counseling and passing the NCE are two of the prerequisites for becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a career goal for many of our students.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Visit the NC State Graduate Distance Education Tuition Rates page for detailed information about tuition and fees.

NC State Financial Aid Office

Additional Information

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 Counselor Education Student Handbook 2019-2020.

Counseling Program_Student Outcomes

CE Program Annual Report 2018-2019 Counselor Education Program Report

Current student forms may be found here.

For Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program student outcomes, click here.

View more information on our Online Master of Education Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.