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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 commitment to 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 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.
- Completed online application, resume and non-refundable application fee
- GRE or MAT Scores
- 3 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:
- Relevance for career goals: Reflected from performance ratings; recommendations from professors and supervisory personnel are carefully examined.
- 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.
- 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.
- Respect for cultural differences: Reflected from demonstrated leadership activity and/or significant work experience that represents additional important factors.
- Interview process: Candidates are selected to be interviewed, barring significant geographical distances.
- 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 9: College and Student Affairs – Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to promote the academic, career, personal, and social development of individuals in higher education settings.
Course of Study
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.
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.
- 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 College Counseling and Student Development Program are:
- ECD 535 Introduction to College Counseling and Student Development
- ECD 652 Internship in College Student Development
During the admissions process, students have the opportunity to apply for Residence Director positions within University Housing. The University Housing department interviews the candidates and in conjunction with the Counselor Education program identifies candidates for admission. If a student is selected for a Residence Director position, the student is required to complete the degree program in three years as a minimum.
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.
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.
CE Program Annual Report 2018-2019 Counselor Education Program Report
Current student forms may be found here.
For College Counseling and Student Development Program student outcomes, click here.
View more information on our Online Master of Education College Counseling and Student Development Program.