Educational Leadership and Counseling

Professional School Counseling

MA ED in Professional School Counseling

Director - Dr. Jeffrey Warren LPCS, NCC, NCSC

Dr. Jeffrey Warren  Assistant Professor
  Office: Education Center, Room 346
  Phone: 910.775.4414
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Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) in Professional School Counseling is designed to assist graduate students in the development of competencies necessary for functioning in the role of school counselor in public and private elementary, middle, and secondary schools. The M.A.Ed. in Professional School Counseling is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) and meets the standards established by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for Professional School Counselor licensure and the National Board of Certified Counselors’ standards for national certification as a professional counselor (NCC). The American Counseling Association Ethics and Professional Standards and the American School Counseling Association standards are used as guides in developing and revising the program’s curriculum. The program is located in the School of Education, Department of School Administration and Counseling, and shares a common core of classes with the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.

What do Professional School Counselors do?

Professional School Counselors work with students, families of students, teachers, and administrators in school systems to address the behavioral, emotional, career, and academic needs of the students. Professional School Counselors work in elementary and secondary schools. They provide consultation to school staff, classroom guidance, and meet with students one-on-one and in groups.


Requirements for M.A.Ed. in Professional School Counseling Sem. Hrs
Core Counseling Courses 27

CNS 5000       Professional and Ethical Issues
CNS 5050       Counseling Skills and Techniques
CNS 5500       Research and Program Evaluation
CNS 5400       Theories of Counseling
CNS 5700       Career Counseling and Development
CNS 5025       Lifespan Development
CNS 5100       Groups in Counseling
CNS 5600       Assessment Practices in Counseling
CNS 5800       Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling

Specialty Area and Elective Courses 24

CNS 5350       The Professional School Counselor
CNS 5900       Seminar in School Counseling 
CNS 5250       Counseling Children and Adolescents
CNS 5310       Mental Health Issues in Childhood and Adolescence
CNS 5900       Addictions Counseling
CNS 5060       Crisis Intervention
Select two elective courses from:

  • CNS 5360 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning,
  • CNS 5080 Gender and Sexuality Issues in Counseling,
  • CNS 5850 Theory and Process of Family Counseling,
  • CNS 5070 College Counseling and Student Affairs,
  • CNS 5870 The Family and Addiction, or

CNSS 5xxx Special Topics in Counseling (may be repeated for different topics).


Clinical Field Placement Courses 9

CNS 6100       Counseling Practicum (School Counseling Setting)

CNS 6130       School Counseling Internship (course is repeated once to earn a total of 6-credit hours)


Total Program Hours 60