Master of Science in Counselor Education
For more information about our programs, please contact:
Allison Crowe, PhD
Program Area Coordinator
The master’s program is developmental in nature and attracts students interested in working in a variety of educational and human service settings. Students enter the master’s program to focus on one of the following specialization areas: School counseling, clinical mental health counseling, or student affairs and college counseling.
Mission of the Program
The mission of the Graduate Counselor Education program at East Carolina University is to promote human development and learning by preparing culturally competent professional counselors to work with diverse populations to improve the mental health of individuals in the schools and communities in which they serve. Students and faculty are expected to work in accord with the highest ethical and professional standards while engaged in the fulfillment of this mission. The Counselor Education Program began in 1951 and, today, offers graduate studies at the Master’s (MS) level.
Program Approval and School Accreditation
The program of study is approved by the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction in accordance with competencies required for a school counselor license, and the College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The master’s program in counselor education satisfies the educational requirements for graduates to be eligible to sit for the National Counselor’s Examination (NCE) and to apply for a license with the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC).
The Counselor Education Program is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs.
The program offers an overview of many theories of practice and encourages students to develop personal styles and approaches to professional helping. A key feature of the program is the flexibility given to students to design elective study to suit their career interests. Faculty members represent diverse theoretical orientations, counseling experiences, and research interests. All full-time faculty hold doctorates in Counselor Education or counseling psychology.
Institutional and Professional Licensure Disclosures for Enrolled and Prospective Students
ECU degree programs satisfy the professional licensure and/or certification requirements in North Carolina and prepare students to sit for these exams. However, requirements in other states may be different.
If you are considering a degree program that may, would, could or potentially lead to a professional license and/or certification, please note that at this time ECU may or may not be able to advise whether a program meets requirements outside of North Carolina. Prior to enrolling in a degree program, please discuss this important topic with your program of interest.