School Counseling

 

Master of Education | School Counseling

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: GRE, MAT

Adopting the School-College-Community Collaboration Model, we prepare students to work as school counselors. Graduates of the program 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. The new online delivery is being reviewed by CACREP for accreditation.

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.

Visit the College of Education program website for more information.

This program may lead to Professional Licensure.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

  • Completed online application, the departmental application form, your 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
  • Students who apply to the online option must reside in North Carolina

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 deadline, 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.

PLAN OF STUDY

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. During the final year, some on-campus (weekend) classes are required.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Completion of a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education is the first step to becoming licensed to practice in the state of North Carolina. Students are eligible to take licensing exams in their field during the final semester of the program.

Licensure Outside of North Carolina: Consult applicable licensure boards in any state you may want to pursue licensure in prior to beginning NC State's Online and Distance Education academic programs to ensure the program meets licensure requirements in that state.  It is the student's responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside of North Carolina.

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

Core Courses

ECD 510 - Orientation to Professional Counseling, Identity, and Ethics

Units: 3

This course examines [1] the purpose of counseling, [2] the historical context for counseling, [3] the basic principles of major counseling theories, and [4] the practice of counseling in various professional settings.

Offered in Spring and Summer

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2018 Summer Term 1 2018 Summer Term 2

ECD 524 - Career Counseling and Development

Units: 3

Knowledge and skills needed to: [a] provide professional career counseling to individuals and [b] design, implement and evaluate career development programs for particular groups. Theories of career development and decision making; career guidance programs in educational, agency and industrial setting; career information sources and delivery systems; and assessment in career counseling.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2018 Summer Term 1 2018 Summer Term 2 2018 Fall Term

ECD 525 - Multicultural Counseling

Units: 3

Theory and practice of counseling culturally diverse clients. Client populations include African Americans, Asian-Americans, American Indians and Hispanics. Cultural assumptions, cultural values, counselor credibility, prejudice and racism in context of counseling.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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ECD 530 - Theories and Tech of Counseling

Units: 4

Theory, philosophy, roles, professional ethics, and techniques of counseling. Eleven major counseling approaches including behavioral, psychoanalytic, client-centered, existential, family and post-modern approaches, and related counseling strategies are discussed. Students have opportunities to practice related strategies through role-plays.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2018 Spring Term 2018 Fall Term

ECD 539 - Group Counseling

Units: 3

Theory and practice of group counseling. Theoretical positions include client-centered, behavioral and rational-emotive. Aspects of group process include group leadership, group membership, establishing and maintaining a group.

Offered in Fall and Summer

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2018 Spring Term

ECD 561 - Strategies for Clinical Assessment in Counseling

Units: 3

Exploration of meaning and importance of assessment in the counseling process. The utilization of counseling assessments based on legal and ethical guidelines and cultural considerations. Identify, interpret, and explain assessments in clinical, college, and school counseling settings.

Offered in Spring and Summer

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2018 Spring Term

ECD 562 - Techniques in Counseling

Units: 4

In this course students work towards mastery of counseling skills, review relevant theories, and prepare for Practicum. Students will practice counseling skills in class and spend their out of class lab hours practicing skills in partnering schools. Students will do some limited video taping of counseling sessions and receive feedback on tapes from Counselor Education doctoral students taking their supervision theory class.

Offered in Fall Only

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2018 Fall Term

ECD 590 - Special Problems In Guidance

Units: 1 - 6

For individual or group studies of one or more of major problems in guidance and personnel work. Problems selected to meet interests of individuals. Workshop procedure used whereby special projects, reports and research developed by individuals and by groups.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2018 Summer Term 1 2018 Summer Term 2 2018 Fall Term

ECD 642 - Practicum In Counseling

Units: 3

Student participation in individual and group counseling and consultation experiences under supervision in a school, college or agency setting. Prerequisite: 1. Completion of all ECD, PSY, and STAT courses with exception of ECD 539 Group Counseling that may be taken concurrently. [Other classes that could be taken concurrently PSY 535,582, 584, 475, 476] 2. Consent of concentration coordin

Offered in Spring Only

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2018 Spring Term

School Counseling Program Specific Courses:

ECD 533 - Int Sch Counseling

Units: 4

An examination of the conceptual framework for the role and functions of school counselors, prevention and treatment strategies, program development and evaluation. Focus is on the school-college-community collaboration model, preparing counselors who can work effectively across different counseling settings by collaborating with other counselors and mental health professionals. Graduate standing required.

Offered in Fall Only

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2018 Spring Term

ECD 651 - Internship in School Counseling

Units: 6 - 12

A 600-hour internship for school counselors in training in a school setting under the supervision of qualified professionals. Students perform a variety of activities expected fo school counselors. Weekly meetings with faculty and on-site supervisors.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2018 Spring Term 2018 Fall Term

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.
Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallPhD On-Campus Delivery: Dec. 1 / Masters On-Campus Delivery: Jan. 15;
Summer 1PhD On-Campus Delivery: Dec. 1 / Masters On-Campus Delivery: Jan. 15;
Summer 2PhD On-Campus Delivery: Dec. 1 / Masters On-Campus Delivery: Jan. 15;

Dr. Helen Lupton-Smith

Teaching Assistant Professor and Online School Counseling Program Coordinator

College of Education

Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Human Development


ncsu_omce@ncsu.edu