Counseling and Educational Development (CED)

Counseling and Counselor Education, Ph.D.

The mission of the CED PhD program is to educate doctoral students to be scholars and stewards of the counseling profession. In this full-time, cohort-based, 3-year program, doctoral students develop the advanced knowledge (theories), skills, cultural perspectives, and critical thinking capabilities necessary for effective work in all roles of a counselor educator (i.e., teacher, clinical supervisor, researcher, advanced practitioner, consultant, and leader/advocate), as well as an emerging specialized area of expertise.

Program Contact

CED Admissions Staff


All you need to know about the application process – can be found below.

Example Careers

  • Counselor educator in master’s and/or doctoral degree program
  • Administrator in a counseling clinic or university student services office
  • Administrator for a counseling professional organization
  • Clinical researcher (e.g., integrated care hospital units, cancer patient support services, eating disorders clinic)
  • Private practice

Experiential Learning

PhD students complete coursework and hands-on, supervised practica in advanced clinical work, clinical supervision, and college teaching, a clinical internship in the setting of their choice, and a year-long research apprenticeship with a CED faculty member. The program is intentionally developmental in its sequence of increasingly independent experiences in the various roles of a doctoral-level counseling professional.  CED doctoral students are integral members of the department, developing their professional skills as they contribute to the training of our master’s students, always with supervision and support from CED faculty.


PhD students are encouraged to develop their own research agenda around a topic or issue of interest, with the ultimate goal of developing scholarly expertise. Through an intentional progression of coursework, our doctoral students have multiple opportunities to explore areas of interest, and through the dissertation process, to refine and deepen their research focus, research methodologies, and scholarly writing skills. Each PhD student works with nationally-recognized faculty in CED as well as with faculty in other UNCG departments whose expertise pertains to the student’s research.  PhD students graduate ready to make a significant, substantive contribution to research in the fields of counseling and counselor education.

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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.

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.

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.

Admissions Office

The Admissions Office in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development handles the various duties associated with admissions to the Department’s programs. It is staffed by current doctoral and master’s-level students in the program whose sole purpose is to facilitate the admissions process of prospective students. The Admissions Office staff conducts informal question and answer sessions, gives tours of the program facilities, introduces applicants to professors, and handles all requests related to program admissions.

To speak with an Admissions staff member or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Admissions Office directly: 

Phone: 336.334.3434


CED Admissions Office
Department of Counseling and Educational Development
School of Education
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
PO Box 26170
228 Curry Building
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

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Admissions Process



Applications that are not complete by the respective deadlines are not reviewed. Please contact the Graduate School to confirm all required information has been received there.  Admission is for the fall semester only.  

 The deadline to apply for the Doctoral program is October 1st  

 The deadline to apply for the Master’s program is November 15th  


Each year, 6-8 doctoral students and 32-36 master’s students are recommended for admission into the full-time/day-time counseling program by an Admissions Committee made up of program faculty.  


Criteria for application for doctoral program includes: 

  1. Complete online graduate school application  
  2. GRE scores from a test taken within the past 5 years 
  3. Three letters of recommendation (at least one of which should be an academic reference) 
  4. Resume or curriculum vitae detailing work experience, volunteer experience, and research background 
  5. Personal statement that outlines professional goals (see below for a description)
  6. Undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate transcripts (required for all doctoral applicants)

Personal Statement
The personal statement is an essay that is generally 2-4 pages long (in 12pt font and double spaced), in which students provide information regarding their reasons for pursuing the counseling profession, any relevant experience, personal career goals, and why UNC Greensboro would be a good fit for their educational aspirations. The essay should not simply restate your resume, but instead provide the admissions committee the opportunity to get to know more about you.  

Applicants may either (1) upload official transcripts that have been issued by their institution’s Registrar’s Office onto their online application or (2) order official transcripts that should be mailed to the Graduate School at the following address:  

The Graduate School
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
241 Mossman Building
1202 Spring Garden Street
Greensboro, NC 27412  

Online Application
We use a completely electronic application process.

All applicants should include the following as attachments to their online application:  

  • Supplemental Documents A: Personal Statement  
  • Supplemental Documents B: Resume or Curriculum Vitae


The admissions committee will begin reviewing applications after the application deadline. Selected applicants will be invited to campus for an interview early in the spring semester. Participation in the interview process is mandatory for selected students; however, international students may interview via Skype if travel is cost-prohibitive.  

Applicants are notified of their admission status usually within two-four weeks after all interviews are completed; typically, students receive notification no later than April 15th. 

Financial Assistance

A variety of financial aid is available to students including graduate assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, and tuition waivers. All admitted students may apply for graduate assistantships. Students needing other financial aid should complete the forms obtained through the Financial Aid Office. You may contact the Financial Aid Office at 336.334.5702 or email:


Once admitted, new master’s students are sent a Graduate Assistantship Application Form. Those who return completed applications are considered for assistantships within the Department and throughout the University. Graduate assistantships require full-time enrollment. After arriving on campus, students who are diligent in their search for an assistantship are usually successful. Students are free to investigate assistantships in any department or office at UNCG; openings are listed in the Career and Professional Development Office.  Stipends for graduate assistantships (20 hours per week) in CED range upward from $7,500 for the academic year. Master’s level assistants may be funded for up to two years, on a semester or yearly basis. Reappointments to assistantships are contingent on a student’s satisfactory academic progress and satisfactory performance of assistantship responsibilities. Master’s students appointed to Departmental assistantships provide valuable supportive functions for the program. 


Tuition waivers are sometimes available for master’s-level Graduate Assistants.  When available, tuition waivers are awarded for a particular semester or academic year.


Fellowships and scholarships are awarded by the Graduate School to exceptionally qualified students who meet the particular requirements of the award. As a prospective student, no action needs to be taken on your part related to these, as they require nominations by the Department. 

The Department assists all out-of-state students in applying for in-state residency by the second year in the program; however, no guarantees can be made that out-of-state students will be reclassified as in-state.


A limited number of residence hall staff positions are offered to qualified graduate students. Address inquiries to Director of Residence Life, UNCG, P.O. Box 26170, Greensboro, North Carolina 27402-6170, Phone (336) 334-5636,

Additional information is available at the UNCG Financial Aid Website