COUNSELOR EDUCATION PROGRAM -- North Carolina Central University




The Counselor Education Program prepares counselors to work in mental health, school, and career counseling settings who promote social justice and responsibility, serve as leaders in a diverse and global community, and respond to the complexity of human needs across the lifespan.  Faculty is expected to teach and mentor students, serve the community and counseling profession, and promote intellectual advancement through conducting and disseminating research.

The program develops counselors who:

  1. Develop a theoretically solid philosophy of practice integrating research data into evidence-based practices;

  2. Apply knowledge, skills, and dispositions consistent with the ACA Code of Ethics;

  3. Formulate a professional identity that responds to the needs of their client populations while utilizing culturally competent practices and appropriate assessment tools and procedures;

  4. Act with expertise in individual, group, and family counseling with diverse clients on personal, social, emotional, career, and educational issues that impact development across their lifespan;

  5. Develop leadership ability and advocate to meet client needs and to remove individual and systemic barriers to development and consult with other professionals concerning the developmental needs of culturally diverse clients;

  6. Build and sustain collaborative partnerships with stakeholders for promoting social justice, equity, and access.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Goal

The clinical mental health counseling program prepares students to work as counselors in mental health settings. The program provides students with comprehensive curricular and supervised experiences for professional licensure with the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and for initial preparation in other mental health counseling specialty areas.


The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program develops counselors who will:

  1. Research and identify the history, philosophy and trends in clinical mental health counseling, both at the national and state levels.
  2. Describe and identify the professional organizations, preparation standards, and credentials relevant to the practice of clinical mental health counseling.
  3. Apply ethical and legal considerations specifically related to the practice of clinical mental health counseling.
  4. Counsel with cultural competence all individuals, groups, and families and advocate for equity and social justice in a diverse world.
  5. Observe and differentiate the roles and functions of clinical mental health counselors in various settings and the importance of relationships between counselors and other professionals, including interdisciplinary treatment teams.
  6. Identify and implement concepts of management of mental health services and programs, including areas such as administration, finance and accountability.
  7. Discuss and evaluate professional issues that affect clinical mental health counseling (e.g., core provider status, expert witness status, and access to practice privileges within managed care systems).
  8. Use diagnoses, diagnostic criteria, and diagnostic tools for mental and emotional disorders.
  9. Interview, evaluate, produce a treatment plan, and manage a caseload with assigned clients.
  10. Observe and discern the potential for substance abuse disorders to mimic and co-occur with a variety of medical and psychological disorders as well as distinguish basic psychopharmacological classifications and medications.
  11. Evaluate the impact of crisis, disasters, and other trauma- causing events on people.
  12. Research and identify the operation of an emergency management system within clinical mental health agencies and in the community.

School Counseling Program Goal

The school counseling program track prepares students to work as school counselors in K-12 settings. The program provides students with all the curricular and supervised experiences required by the Department of Public Instruction for NC licensure as a professional school counselor.


The program develops school counselors who:

  1. Identify, organize, and administer a comprehensive developmental counseling program in elementary, middle, and secondary schools based upon the ASCA National Model.
  2. Practice with a philosophy of school counseling that is comprehensive, developmentally appropriate to K-12 students, proactive, and responsive to all educational stakeholders.
  3. Identify and evaluate the academic, career, and personal/social development of all K-12 students, including those with special needs.
  4. Articulate, model, and advocate for a contemporary school counselor identity and program.
  5. Apply legal and ethical standards related to school counseling and educational policy.
  6. Counsel with cultural competence all individuals and groups and advocate for an equitable school climate that removes barriers to effective learning.
  7. Generate a data-driven school counseling program focused upon accountability.
  8. Promote safe schools through leadership in school emergency plans, in suicide assessment and intervention, in mental health intervention & referral, and in proactive programming around contemporary issues facing children and adolescents.

Career Counseling Program Goal

The career counseling program track prepares students to work as career development professionals with people of all ages in a variety of settings. These settings include, but are not limited to, career services offices in colleges, universities, community colleges, k-12 public and private schools, nonprofit organizations, and private companies.


The program develops career counselors who:

  1. Identify the roles, functions, and settings of career counselors - in addition to the history, philosophy, and trends in career counseling.
  2. Employ legal and ethical standards specifically related to the practice of career counseling.
  3. Apply techniques of career development, career counseling, career choice, career programming, and associated information delivery - with consideration of personal, family, and cultural differences.
  4. Support and challenge clients in preparing for and initiating life-work role transitions.
  5. Instruct clients to acquire a set of employability and job search skills.
  6. Counsel with cultural competence all individuals and groups and advocate for clients' career development and employment.
  7. Identify, select, administer, score, and correctly interpret/report appropriate career assessment tools for clients.
  8. Organize, administer, and evaluate a data-driven career counseling and development program.
  9. Promote, manage, and implement career development programs, activities, and services either independently or in collaboration with others.
  10. Consume, articulate, evaluate, and disseminate all types and forms of career and educational information, particularly current labor market information, trends, and outlooks.


(Revised Fall of 2013)

Feel free to read our Program Self-Evaluation (documents submitted to CACREP - the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs).

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In October 2015, the Counseling Program at NCCU was selected as the "Most Outstanding Master's level Counseling Program" by the Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision.

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