Educational Leadership and Counseling

Professional School Counseling

M.A. Ed. in Professional School Counseling


Director - Dr. Jeffrey M. Warren LPCS, NCC, NCSC

Dr. Jeffrey Warren  Assistant Professor
  Office: Education Center, Room 346
  Phone: 910.775.4414
  Fax: 910.521.6165    


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Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) in Professional School Counseling (PSC) is a 60-credit hour, graduate program housed in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling located in the School of Education.  The PSC program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  Our program is designed to prepare and mentor graduate students to become committed, collaborative, and competent professional school counselors.  Through a variety of teaching formats (i.e., online, hybrid, face-to-face), graduate students develop core competencies necessary to serve ALL students (k-12) in elementary, middle, and secondary schools.  Our students acquire knowledge, attitudes, and skills required to promote social/emotional, academic, and career development through intentional methods such as advocacy, use of evidence-based practices, and data collection. Through experiential activities, students learn how to develop and deliver comprehensive school counseling programs including direct (i.e., individual and small group counseling) and indirect (i.e., consultation) services aimed at promoting student success and life-long learning.  The American School Counseling Association (ASCA) Ethical Standards and American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics are used as guides in developing and delivering the program’s curriculum.

Our program is approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and meets NC Professional School Counseling Standards.  Graduates are licensed by NCDPI as advanced graduate (specialist) in K-12 school counseling which results in additional pay beyond the master's level (for NC public school counselors).  Our graduates also seek certifications through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).  While our program prepares students for professional school counseling, plans of study also meet current requirements for licensure by the NC Board for Licensed Professional Counselors.  Graduates go on to pursue careers in a variety of professional counseling settings.

What do Professional School Counselors do?

Professional School Counselors develop comprehensive counseling programs designed to serve the unique needs of students, families of students, teachers, and administrators at the school level. They provide consultation to school staff and parents, make appropriate community-based referrals, and conduct individual and small group counseling sessions as well as classroom guidance.  Using needs assessments, data collection, program evaluation, advisory boards, and collaboration with all stakeholders, school counselors develop and implement curriculum geared to promote academic, social/emotional, and career development for ALL students.  School counselors are systemic change agents and advocate for students, policy change, and their role in schools.  Professional School Counselors work in elementary, middle, and high schools preparing students for life-long learning and success through career and college access. 


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 Adol.
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)


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