North Carolina A & T State University is home to one of the most established programs in the field of professional counseling in the state of North Carolina. This 60 hour graduate experience is housed in the Department of Human Development and Services and is designed to prepare motivated students to work in counseling or counseling related roles in a variety of employment settings. Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. Our diverse student body consists of recent college graduates, mid-life career changers, and late career individuals seeking professional growth. This eclectic student body enhances the educational experience and also provides an excellent foundation for multicultural learning. In addition, the Counseling faculty are experienced, established members of the counseling community and are active in many educational, professional, and community leadership roles.
The Counseling program is an evening program designed with the working student in mind. Most classes are held at 6:00 p.m. and meet once a week on campus. There are also online and afternoon courses available for some content areas. The program provides students with a flexible matriculation schedule where coursework is completed in sequence but at each individual’s pace. Most students choose to complete their studies in 2 ½ or 3 years and summer classes are optional.
The counseling program currently offers three Master's of Science tracks: Mental Health Counseling - Clinical, Mental Health Counseling - Rehabilitation, and School Counseling. Each counseling track has a unique curriculum complete with multiple field experiences designed to best prepare students for work with their intended population. The department also offers a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling and Rehabilitation Counselor Education which began in Fall 2013 and a post-master's certificatee for advanced study.
Most importantly, all counseling programs are fully accredited and aligned with the Licensed Professional Counselor requirements for the state of North Carolina. The School counseling program is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and aligned with the competencies set forth by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). Both the School Counseling and the Mental Health Counseling - Clinical programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Rehabilitation Counseling program is accredited with the standards set forth by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). These accreditations indicate program alignment with national training standards for professional counselors in each of their respective areas.
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- to present theoretical and practical experiences which prepare graduates to function effectively as counselors
- encourage the spirit of inquiry and the production and utilization of research among both faculty and students.
- produce counselors who use appropriate, culturally sensitive, intervention strategies and skills in working with clients.
- foster the development of an awareness and understanding of problems and professional issues as well as the legal and ethical concerns in the counseling profession.
- foster the development of the characteristics, personal qualities, and levels of integrity necessary to meet professional standards.
- provide opportunities for planned periodic self-evaluation and the development of greater self-understanding as well as the qualities of openness, tolerance, and acceptance of self and others.
- develop and provide a multicultural environment that fosters skills necessary for professional counseling in a diverse society.
Upon completion, many graduates seek professional certification and state licensure as professional counselors. Recent graduates are currently working in clinical mental health agencies, public and private schools, vocational rehabilitation agencies, addiction treatment facilities, university counseling and advising centers, disability and veteran’s departments, and private practices. Other students choose to continue their studies with doctoral work in areas of counseling or educational leadership.
The counseling department is located in 329 Proctor Hall and our contact number is 336-334-7916.