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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.
The doctorate – with its combined focus on research, theory and practice – is designed to prepare leaders for the field of Counseling and Counselor Education. All of our on-campus programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The new online masters program is reviewed by CACREP for accreditation.
In addition to the traditional core on developmental theory, coupled with the design and implementation of preventive interventions based on this model, the program focuses on clinical counseling theory and practice. 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 studies, in settings on and away from campus.
Another major focus is the commitment to multicultural diversity, which is reflected in the required coursework and faculty-student community. In light of this, 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 further the frontiers of knowledge. Advanced video, computer and networking technologies continue to link Counselor Education graduate students and faculty with regional, state, national and international partners in teaching, research and service endeavors. These efforts are designed to offer hope to individuals with the least access to educational and career opportunities afforded by life in the 21st century.
Counseling and Counselor Education Program (doctoral) – Students will demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary to function as counselor educators, supervisors, researchers, and practitioners in academic and clinical settings.
Please note: If you are currently enrolled in a master’s degree program in our College of Education and are interested in pursuing a Ph.D., you must formally apply to the program through the Graduate School.
Applicants are expected to have a master’s degree in counseling or an equivalent degree with master’s level coursework equivalent to that of a 60-credit hour CACREP-accredited program. In addition to the academic credentials attesting to intellectual competence, evidence of successful leadership and outstanding professional commitment are desired.
- Completed online application, resume and non-refundable application fee
- GRE 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
- Students will be asked to submit a writing sample once application is received
Selection for admission is based on a number of considerations:
- Academic achievement, especially in the junior and senior undergraduate years, and performance in any graduate courses, are carefully evaluated for evidence of competence in intellectual inquiry. For PhD students, a 60-credit hour counseling degree or equivalent master’s program and coursework is required.
- Performance ratings and recommendations from professors and supervisory personnel are also carefully examined for evidence of personal qualities requisite for professional competence.
- Demonstrated leadership activity and/or significant work experience represent additional important factors.
- Interview process – all doctoral candidates are expected to be interviewed, barring significant geographical distances.
- Other additional materials are also welcome 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. For questions, contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.515.2244.
**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.
Course of Study
All doctoral degrees in the College of Education require a minimum of 72 graduate credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Most doctoral programs in the College of Education require a minimum of 60 graduate credit hours beyond an approved master’s degree.
This program consists of a Theory Core, Research Core, Professional Applications Core and Specialization, all of which extend the knowledge base of the counseling profession in a community of scholarly inquiry and engagement.
Course descriptions can be found in the university course catalog.
College Core Courses (21 Semester Hours)
- Scholar Leaders Courses
- Scholar Leader: Diversity and Equity in Schools and Community
- Scholar Leader: Systemic Change in Education and Society
Required College Research Methods (15 Semester Hours)
- ED 710 Applied Quantitative Methods in Education, or equivalent
- ED 730 Introduction to Qualitative Research in Ed, or equivalent
At least ONE of the following research method courses:
- ED 711 Applied Quantitative Methods in Education II or
- ED 731 Advanced Qualitative Research and Data Analysis in Ed or
- ED 750 Mixed Methods Research in Education
Two more advanced research methods courses from the following:
- ED 712 Survey Methods in Educational Research
- ED 750 Mixed Methods Research in Education
- ECI 710 Research Applications in Curriculum & Instruction
- ECD 736 Advanced Assessment in Counseling
- ECD 738 Research in Counselor Education
- Advanced research courses approved by the advisor
Note: Student areas of research are typically focused around technology and other best practices in school, college and clinical mental health counseling and counselor education; domestic and international diversity; and advocacy and equity. Students are highly encouraged to develop inter-disciplinary scholarship through their dissertations and other research expectations. Doctoral students work closely with faculty in designing, implementing and evaluating innovative educational and research projects in response to the needs of society.
Ph.D Core Course (27 credits)
- Scholar Core Required Courses (6 credits)
- ECD 732 Advanced Multicultural Counseling
- ECD 860 Professional Issues in Counselor Education
Program Area of Study (21 credits)
- ECD 731 Career Development Theory and Research
- ECD 735 Counseling Supervision: Theory and Research
- ECD 843 Advanced Counseling Practicum
- ECD 847 Counseling Supervision: Practicum
- ECD 850 Internship in Counselor Education (6 credits)
- ECD 886 Supervised Practice Teaching in Counselor Education
Dissertation Research (Total 9 Hours)
- ECD 895 Doctoral Dissertation Research
Note: A thesis equivalent for those not having completed a thesis during their master’s program is a co-requisite: (ECD 893: Doctoral Supervised Research 1-3 cr.).
*NOTE*: For doctoral students either part-time or full-time who are working on their dissertation.
Writing the dissertation requires a major commitment of time and effort on both the part of the doctoral student and the faculty advisor. There should be consultation between the student and the dissertation chair about what is expected to be accomplished, and how much time is to be invested before the student registers. The College of Education strongly recommends that students who are registering for dissertation research (895) or preparation (899) register for at least 3 semester hours per semester, when appropriate.
Current student forms may be found here.
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
For Counseling and Counselor Education Program student outcomes, click here.