The Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling serves over 240 graduate students and includes 14 full-time faculty members. The faculty members are active teacher-scholars holding leadership positions within their professional associations, presenting and publishing widely in their disciplines, and regularly providing service to the community. The faculty in the department collaborate to provide three conferences annually: the SOAR! Conference on regional k-16 student success, the Leadership Conference, and the Drive-in Workshop for Counselors. Coursework in the department is delivered using face to face instruction, online instruction, and hybrid blended learning modalities. The programs are designed to accommodate working students. Additionally, for full time students, six graduate assistantships are available within the department.
The ELC department offers a Master’s degree in School Administration. The School Administration program faculty are leaders in North Carolina public education, and graduates of the program have gone on to be school leaders throughout North Carolina. The School Executive MSA program is designed for professionals in education who seek exceptional opportunities for leadership development, professional networking, and learning the knowledge base and latest advancements in education – all in an accommodating format to meet the challenging professional and personal schedules of educators. The ELC department also offers a MSA Add-on program that requires only 21 hours of credit including a year-long Internship. The Add-on program is designed for those already possessing a Master's Degree in a subject area and significant experience in education. The MSA progam has numerous partnerships in the region to promote excellence in Educational Leadership:
- Annual Leadership Conference
- Aspiring Leader Academies in regional school districts
- Professional development offered to 14 public school systems through the Sandhills Region Education Consortium
- Partnerships with East Carolina University to offer Doctorate of Education (EdD) cohort programs for local school leaders.
The ELC department offers two graduate counseling programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Professional School Counseling. Both programs are CACREP accredited, meeting the highest national standards for counselor preparation. Students in the counseling programs frequently present, publish, and collaborate on research with their faculty members. Students have received external funding to support their conference travel and research projects.
UNCP's Teacher Education Program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Each undergraduate and graduate teacher education program area offered by UNCP is approved by the NC State Board of Education. Additionally, the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Professional School Counseling graduate programs are accreditated by the Council for the Accreditation of Counselors and Related Education Programs.