Do you have a desire to work in a helping relationship? Are you interested in helping others improve the quality of their lives as they learn to effectively deal with a variety of issues through a collaborative relationship?

East Carolina University's counselor education program allows students to work closely with faculty as they learn and grow as professional counselors. The counselor education program places strong emphasis on students' development of professional identity as counselors, providing academic learning opportunities in core curriculum including theory, techniques and assessment and specialty training in three professional specialization areas: professional school counseling, student affairs and college counseling, and clinical mental health counseling. The program offers graduate students who come from varied undergraduate backgrounds, an opportunity to explore and develop their own personal styles and approaches to professional counseling.

Students will study in classrooms wired with the latest technology, as well as in the McClammy Counseling Laboratory as they learn about the profession. Students will engage in a variety of learning experiences as they seek to apply content to practice through a variety of courses, assignments, and experiential learning opportunities. In addition, students will gain leadership, collaboration, and helping skills as they become immersed in the field. In addition to a student's classroom experiences, he or she is encouraged to become an active member in the profession through professional association involvement (i.e, presentations, publications, etc.) and leadership positions.

ECU Advantage

East Carolina University's counselor education program offers students the opportunity to be trained by faculty who are active and engaged nationally in the profession. Faculty encourage students to develop counseling styles that best suit them while also best meeting the needs of clients. Students in the counselor education program are able to select and focus on one professional specialization while also learning about the other various settings in which counselors work. In addition, students enjoy the flexibility to design elective studies to best suit their career interests.

Our alumni have gone on to enjoy successful careers in a variety of counseling settings, and many of them have received state and national awards for their service and expertise.

What You Will Study

There is no catalog data for this program.

Careers With This Degree

Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

  • Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services
  • Educational, Vocational and School Counselors
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services

Career Opportunities

ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

NC Tower

This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

  • Self-employed;
  • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
  • Work outside of North Carolina.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

Degree-specific internships

For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.