Counseling and Educational Development (CED)

Counseling, M.S., concentration in School Counseling

Through the Master’s degree in School Counseling students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to work with a diverse K-12 student body from a strength based, developmental perspective. This concentration prepares students to understand, conceptualize, assess, and support K-12 students’ academic, career, and personal/social development and to serve as a leader in supporting K-12 schools, students, and families.

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Example Careers

  • Working as a school counselor in an elementary, middle, or high school
  • Working with children in non-traditional educational or residential settings
  • Working on a college or university campus in recruitment or advising offices
  • Working in a district central office doing school counseling administration
  • Working in a community agency (with completed coursework towards licensure)
  • Working in crisis centers, alternative schools, or group homes

Experiential Learning

Students in the School Counseling track have multiple opportunities to build counseling and leadership skills. Beginning in their first semester, students complete a practicum in a local school to observe the multiple roles and responsibilities of a school counselor. Specific skills training occurs in core classes, in an advanced practicum in the Nicholas A. Vacc Counseling and Consulting Clinic, and in a 600-hour internship in a local school that matches the student’s desired specialty area (elementary, middle, or high).

Program of Study

Total hours: Total hours: 60 hours (M.S.)


Core courses:

CED 611 The Counselor As Scientist-Practitioner
CED 612 Developmental Counseling
CED 605 Counseling Diverse Populations
CED 610 Helping Relationships
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:

SES 540 Introduction to Exceptional Individuals
CED 642 Substance Abuse Counseling
CED 648 Foundations of School Counseling
CED 653 Practicum in Counseling
CED 677 School Certification
CED 679 Advanced Counseling Practicum
CED 680A Counseling Internship
CED 680B Counseling Internship
CED 688 Counseling Children and Adolescents
CED 698 Implementing and Evaluating School Counseling Programs

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Our goal is for every student in the School of Education (SOE) to be able to focus on their studies and not on student debt. A variety of financial aid is available to our students, including scholarships based on academic merit and financial need. We invite you to explore the many scholarship opportunities offered in the School of Education.


The U.S. Department of Education requires that all higher education institutions advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice.

As such, please review UNC Greensboro’s status by state for the School counseling MS program. You should note whether the program either “meets”, “does not meet”, or if there “has not been a determination” of the program’s status in the state for which you plan to practice. You should contact the program’s support staff at with any questions regarding this data.