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Counselor Education Program

CACREP Certificate of Accreditation for the NCCU Counselor Education Program


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.

There are three degree programs within the Counselor Education Program: career counseling, mental health counseling and school counseling. All three programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs or CACREP -- and have been approved by IRCEP (the International Registry of Counsellor Education Programs).

The Career Counseling program is also highlighted for excellence by the National Career Development Association (NCDA). It is one of eight programs to receive that designation in the United States. The career program prepares students to become career counselors where they primarily work in college or other educational settings as well as in some private settings. The program is 48 hours in duration.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at North Carolina Central University is accredited by CACREP. The accreditation runs through March 31, 2014. (Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is currently under the 2001 standards for Community Counseling programs as a Community Counseling program. The CACREP 2009 standards combine the Community Counseling and Mental Health Counseling standards into standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The counseling program intends to seek accreditation for this program as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program when it comes up for reaccreditation, per CACREP guidelines.) The mental health counseling program prepares students to become Licensed Professional Counselors in the state of North Carolina and to work in mental health, nonprofit, private practice and a variety of settings. The mental health-counseling program is 60 hours.

The School Counseling program is designed to prepare students for K-12 Licensure in North Carolina as school counselors. It is a 51-hour program.

All three programs require a 100-hour practicum and a 600 internship in a setting commensurate with the student's field of study.

The deadline for applications to any of the three programs is February 1. These deadlines are firm, and all of the applicant's materials must be in the School of Education graduate admissions office by the deadline for the application to be considered.

Admission to all three programs is very competitive. One must have an undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 and GRE scores less than 5 years old to apply. However, viable candidates tend to have UGPA's above 3.0 and GRE scores at or near the mean (50th percentile). The GRE is required of all applicants regardless of previous graduate work. We do not accept the MAT.

After an initial review of the applicants, the top applicants are invited for an interview with the admission committee. At that interview, the committee seeks to determine whether the candidate is a good fit for the field of counseling and the program of study to which they have applied. Successful applicants tend to demonstrate maturity, flexibility, a caring nature, and the ability to utilize feedback. After the interviews, the faculty make decisions about admissions. Candidates are notified about the admission committee's decision within three weeks of the interview.

A student may attend as a full or part-time student. Our classes meet from 4:00 until 6:30 pm or 7:00 until 9.30 pm one day a week. During the summer, classes meet twice a week for four hours (typically 4:00 until 8:00 pm or 5:00 until 9:00 pm).

We do not have a school counseling licensure only program.

For applicants that are admitted into a program there are limited assistantships available. Preference is usually given to out of state students and full-time students. Many of our students are able to receive financial aid.

Any additional questions may be directed to programinformation@nccucounseling.com.

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