Human Development and Services

Proctor Hall

Mission Statement

Welcome to the Department of Human Development and Services! The mission of the Department of Human Development and Services is to provide a comprehensive learning environment that encourages the development of helping professionals to serve a changing, diverse, and complex global society. The Department is committed to serving our surrounding communities and North Carolina in training future counselors, educators, and administrators with an emphasis on multiculturalism, assessment, and social justice through the lifespan. We strive to create a supportive instructional community with rich field experiences and meaningful professional partnerships that motivate our students to become highly competent scientist practitioners.

The Program Objectives

The Counseling program housed within the Department of Human Development and Services intends to meet the needs of its students while preparing them to become professional counselors and counselor educators. The program objectives are to:

  1. Present theoretical and practical experiences which prepare graduates to function effectively as counselors.
  2. Encourage the spirit of inquiry and the production and utilization of research among both faculty and students.
  3. Produce counselors who use appropriate, culturally sensitive, intervention strategies and skills in working with clients.
  4. 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.
  5. Foster the development of the characteristics, personal qualities, and levels of integrity necessary to meet professional standards.
  6. 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.
  7. Develop and provide a multicultural environment that fosters skills necessary for professional counseling in a diverse society.

In summary, our program is designed to prepare professional counselors to serve in a variety of counseling settings.

Programs in the Department

The department offers three master's programs: (a) Master of Science degree in Adult Education, (b) Master of Science degree in Counseling, and (c) Master of Science in School Administration. The department also offers one doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Rehabilitation Counselor Education and multiple certificate programs. Admission and continuance to these programs is based on each area’s defined criteria. All programs require application through the NCAT Graduate School. Click on program headings below for additional information.

Adult Education

The Master of Science in Adult Education Program at North Carolina A&T State University is designed to prepare effective adult educators who will become change agents within local and international communities. Curricular experiences emphasize the historical, philosophical, and socio-cultural foundations of adult education with a special focus on the Black Diaspora. Graduates are prepared to work as teachers, program developers and evaluators, or administrators in the efforts to enrich the learning capabilities of adults in educational programs in a variety of settings. The Adult Education program follows the professional standards devised by the Commission of Professors of Adult Education.


The Master of Science in Counseling program is divided into three specialty areas: Mental Health Counseling - Clinical, Mental Health Counseling - Rehabilitation, and School Counseling.  Each program offers a distinct, comprehensive curriculum consistent with accreditation standards. For the School and Mental Health Clinical programs, the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) is the accrediting body. North Carolina A&T State University was the first Historically Black College or University to earn this distinction. Furthermore, the Rehabilitation program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).  The Counseling programs also offer add-on certificates in Marriage and Family Counseling, Vocational Evaluation & Work Adjustment, Rehabilitation Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, and Addictions Counseling. The Department also offers one Ph.D. program in Rehabilitation Counseling and Rehabilitation Counselor Education.

School Administration

The Master of School Administration Degree program is designed to prepare school executives for the public schools of North Carolina and the nation.  The program reinforces the mission of the University and the School of Education to prepare education professionals as facilitators of learning. School Administration graduates work in administrative positions at the school building level, and/or assume positions with local, state, and national organizations that focus on educational issues in professional development, curriculum, research or policy making.  Graduates of School Administration are eligible for licensure from the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction (SDPI) and may be qualified for administration certification in other states.  Program content is aligned with the North Carolina Standards for School Executives, the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium standards for school leaders (ISLLC), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for advanced programs in educational leadership.

The offices of the Department of Human Development and Services are located within the School of Education in Proctor Hall. For more information about our programs, visit the links above or call 336-334-7916.