The Department of Counseling and Educational Development is proud to be ranked #2 among all counseling programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. What makes us even prouder are the diverse people and the learning experiences that come together to create this high-caliber program. There is no question that our academic community is one of rigor and challenge. Students quickly learn, however, that the environment is one in which they are highly supported and engaged — and that their experience here provides the best possible preparation to make a meaningful difference in the field.
Whether your passion is mental health counseling, school counseling, student development and college counseling, couple and family counseling, or counselor education, the Department of Counseling and Educational Development offers specialized tracks that position you for the career path of your choice. Almost every class within each track includes a practicum that allows you to apply learning first-hand. In fact, we provide some of the most unique and extensive opportunities for hands-on learning available.
What does practical learning look like in the Master’s Program in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development? Internships across the community and the country. Collaborative relationships with community organizations, local colleges and universities, hospitals, and public school systems. Our own, on-campus, state-of-the-art counseling and consulting clinic. A neuro-feedback lab where front-line research is conducted. The learning experience for doctoral students in our department is equally rich and inspiring and includes: research alongside faculty members, even in your first semester; the opportunity to teach courses, supervise master’s practicum and internship students, and assist faculty; close mentoring as students develop their skills in teaching, research and supervision; a strong professional identity as a counselor and counselor educator; and a close-knit network of alumni working in counselor education programs and practice positions throughout North Carolina and the country.
All of these unique aspects of our department, combined with outstanding teaching and research, position us as a leader among graduate programs in counseling. Within the classroom and out in the community, you will build the resume and the relationships that form the foundation of a successful career. A degree from the Department of Counseling and Educational will prepare you to make a difference in an important field that is growing and in constant need of excellent practitioners and researchers.
All degree-seeking programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP is the accrediting body for the counseling profession, recognized by the Council of Post Secondary Accreditation (COPA) and its successor, the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Counseling programs at UNCG were among the first in the nation to be accredited by CACREP. Initial accreditation was achieved in 1981. Program accreditation has been maintained consistently since then. Currently, CACREP has conferred accreditation to the following program areas in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at UNCG:
- School Counseling (MS)
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS)
- College Counseling/Student Development in Higher Education (MS)
- Couple and Family Counseling (MS and MS/EdS)
- Counseling and Counselor Education (PhD and EdD)