Counseling and Educational Development (CED)


In our Master’s of Science program in Counseling, students achieve a high level of evidence-based, ethical, and culturally responsive skill set to better serve diverse client populations. We emphasize knowledge and hands-on skills practice in courses such as motivational interviewing, dialectical behavior therapy, substance use counseling, counseling diverse populations, and trauma, crisis, and disaster. Our students gain real-world experience through internships in a variety of settings, including K-12 schools, college counseling and support services, community agencies and other outpatient settings, hospitals and integrated care facilities, inpatient treatment centers, private practice, and more. They provide clinical and supportive services for a range of clients, including children, couples and families, immigrants and refugees, trauma survivors, sexual minorities, individuals with addictions, individuals with chronic illnesses, and underserved populations.

To be a strong, impactful counselor – regardless of setting – clinical competence is necessary. At UNC Greensboro, students gain the knowledge and clinical skills necessary for clinical competence through intentional instruction from the beginning of their educational experience. Through supportive, in-depth clinical supervision, they build their clinical skills as well as their confidence and efficacy. At graduation, they are prepared to serve, advocate, and make a meaningful impact in the lives of their clients.

CACREP has conferred accreditation to the following academic program areas within the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at UNC Greensboro:

School Counseling

Gain knowledge, skills and experience to attend to the academic, career, and personal/social development of needs in order to meet the needs of all students in K-12 settings.

Clinical Mental Health

Acquire the skills and experience needed to assess, diagnose, and counsel persons with diverse backgrounds through individual, group, and family counseling in mental health and behavioral health settings.

Couple and Family Counseling

Gain knowledge, skills and experience to assess, diagnose, and counsel diverse couples and families through a systems perspective.

The entry-level program is a full-time, two-year program, that consists of a minimum of 60 credit hours, leading to the Master’s of Science (M.S.) degree in counseling. We offer concentrations in clinical mental health, couple and family, and school counseling. At graduation, students are eligible to pursue state licensure and national certification.

Our program provides continuous experiential learning through clinical practicum and internships, as well as practica for many courses that allow for immediate hands-on application of content learned in the classroom. Many hands-on experiences occur through supervised clinical practice inside our Nicholas A Vacc Counseling and Consulting Clinic.

Graduate from CED with a strong professional identity, a network of renowned alumni, and the skills you need to make an impact in the field of counseling. 


“In each of [my] roles [in my career], the counseling skills I learned in my CED master’s program have made the biggest difference in how I work with students and clients. I am forever grateful for these skills.”

Bridget Holcombe
2012 CED MS Graduate


“Unbeknownst to me at graduation, my career and life path have taken me on a unique and very special journey. I would never have had any of these life-changing experiences without having earned my counseling degree from UNC Greensboro. For this I am sincerely grateful.”

Pamela Harrod


"I feel that my experiences at CED set me up for success. I am extremely fulfilled in my career and I love what I do every day."

Katelyn (Shepard) Williams
2017 graduate, school counseling track

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Ready to Apply?

If the Department of Counseling and Educational Development (CED) sounds like the kind of counseling program you are looking for, we are ready to guide you through the application process and help you make an informed decision about your graduate education.

Seeking additional information? Join us for our virtual open house question and answer session. Find more information about the date and time of our next session here.

For more information, see the detailed information below about our admissions process, financial assistance, and other frequently asked questions. Contact our CED Admissions Office to schedule a visit, tour the Vacc Clinic, and meet current students and faculty.