NOTE: Students can formally be admitted only in Summer session I or II, or fall semester.


Program Contact

Dr. Stanley Baker
On-Campus Option
Program Contact

Dr. Sharon Chung
Online Option

Master of Education

School Counseling

Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development (ELPHD)

Adopting the School-College-Community Collaboration Model, we prepare students to work as school counselors will demonstrate the professional knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of all K–12 students. In addition to the traditional core on developmental theory and the design and implementation of preventive interventions based on this theory, our master’s program focuses on clinical counseling theory and practice. Another major focus is our 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).

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
5:30-7:00 pm
September 18, 2017
Admission Info Session
Poe 120

5:30-7:00 pm
October 23, 2017
Admission Info Session
Poe 120

December 15, 2017
Application priority deadline for online option

January 15, 2018
Application deadline for on-campus option

April 15, 2018
Application deadline for online option

* All options begin Summer 1 (mid-May)

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 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.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed online application, department application form, 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:

  1. 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.
  1. Performance ratings and recommendations from professors and supervisory personnel are also carefully examined for evidence of personal qualities requisite for professional competence.
  1. Demonstrated leadership activity and/or significant work experience represent additional important factors.
  1. Interview process –candidates are selected to be interviewed, barring significant geographical distances.
  1. 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.

**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

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 II (June), and typically take two online classes in fall and in spring.

Full Curriculum

Course descriptions can be found in the university course catalog.

Core Courses

In addition to the courses listed below, students choose four required elective courses in consultation with student’s advisor.

  • 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 in Educational Context
  • ECD 561 Clinical Assessment
  • ECD 590 Special Problems: Substance Abuse Counseling
  • ECD 562 Techniques of Counseling
  • ECD 642 Practicum in Counseling
  • ECI 510 Research applied in Curriculum & Instruction

Program Specific Courses

Additional required courses specific to the School Counseling Program are:

  • ECD 533 Introduction to School Counseling
  • ECD 651 Internship in School Counseling

Graduates of the School Counseling Program are eligible for K-12 school counselor licenses in North Carolina upon completing the training program and graduating and after having achieved the state-mandated minimum score on the School Counselor PRAXIS test.

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 Student Handbook here.

For School Counseling Program student outcomes, click here.

View more information on our Online Master of Education School Counseling Program.