The Department of Counselor Education prepares professional counselors to work in career, school, and mental health settings who promote development across the lifespan, advocate for systemic change, and respond to the complexity of human needs associated with a diverse society. Faculty are expected to teach and mentor students, serve the community and profession, and conduct and disseminate research. The graduate program in Mental Health Counseling is designed to give adequate breadth and depth of training to prepare counselors competent to perform counseling activities in mental health settings. Graduates are prepared to work in agencies such as social services, rehabilitation programs, mental health centers, substance abuse treatment facilities, correctional institutions, and crisis centers. Students who complete the program are eligible for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina after obtaining a passing score on the National Counselor Exam and completing the required hours of supervised experience.
The General Assembly of 1939 authorized the establishment of graduate study programs in liberal arts and the professions at North Carolina Central University. In ensuing years with the creation of several programs, the Graduate School has grown to offering degrees in the following.
College of Behavioral and Sciences
College of Liberal Arts
College of Science and Technology
School of Business
School of Education
School of Liberal Arts
School of Library and Information Sciences
The mission of the School of Graduate Studies is to provide world-class education and to produce leaders that are culturally sensitive and engaged in their respective fields of study.