Counseling and Educational Development (CED)

M.S. in Counseling, concentration in College Counseling/Student Development in Higher Education

Counselors will be prepared to work with adolescents/young adults on their normal developmental concerns, with college students on mental health issues that pose a barrier to their daily function, and with diverse student populations to address their unique concerns. Both prevention and remediation at individual and group levels will be addressed in the course work.

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Example Careers

Prepares counselors to work as skilled helpers in various higher education settings, such as: career services, college counseling centers, academic advising, disability services/accessibility resources, wellness centers, multicultural student affairs, residence hall coordinator, dean of students.

Designed For

Students who want to work with the unique mental health and developmental concerns of today’s diverse college students, and want to understand the campus environment as a tool for promoting wellness, positive adjustment, access, and goal achievement.

Career Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to participate in an observational practicum in their first semester, in order to explore the many opportunities to work in a counseling and student support office on a college campus. Students also work with volunteer college student clients in their first supervised counseling opportunity (advanced practicum). Finally, students can complete their 600 hour internship in one of many offices at UNCG (Counseling Center, Career Services, Students First Advising unit, Office of Intercultural Engagement, Dean of Students, Office of Leadership and Service Learning) or at nearby campuses (Guilford College, NC A&T, Wake Forest, Salem College, etc.).

Research Interests

Master’s students have opportunities to get involved with research related to college counseling and student development through a Master’s Applied Research Experience course, as well as additional volunteer opportunities alongside departmental faculty members and around campus.

Program of Study

Total hours: 60 hours (M. S.)

Core courses:

CED 605 Counseling Diverse Populations
CED 610 Helping Relationships
CED 611 The Counselor As Scientist-Practitioner
CED 612 Developmental Counseling
CED 620 Counseling Theories and Practice
CED 650 Group Counseling Theory and Practice
CED 669 Career Development and Career Counseling
CED 678 Professional Orientation
CED 682 Application of Measurement and Clinical Appraisal Techniques

Additional courses:

CED 602 Student Development in Higher Education
CED 603 The Contemporary College Student
CED 642 Substance Abuse Counseling
CED 653 Practicum in Counseling
CED 675 Counseling Field Practicum
CED 679 Advanced Counseling Practicum
CED 680A Counseling Internship
CED 680B Counseling Internship
CED 687 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Counseling (optional elective)
CED 688 Counseling Children and Adolescents (optional elective)