The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

School of Education - Counseling and Educational Development
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Welcome to Counseling and Educational Development

Ranked #2 among all Counseling programs in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report for 2014-2015

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)

Counseling Credentials

In the previous year, the program graduated 38 students at the master’s-level and 7 students at the doctoral level. This reflects a 2-year completion rate of approximately 95% for the master’s students and a 3-year completion rate of 86% for the doctoral students. In the previous year, 100% of students who took the National Counselor Examination (NCE) passed the exam and the job placement rate was 100%. Graduates of the UNCG counseling program are eligible for one or more state and national credentials. Because all degree programs are CACREP-approved, all fully enrolled students can take the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) during their last semester of the program. The NCE is the first step toward becoming a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in North Carolina. In addition, the post-master’s experience requirement for the NCC credential is waived, and internship hours count toward the experience requirement for the LPC credential. The NCC credential is a prerequisite for several specialty certifications offered by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), including school counseling, clinical mental health counseling, addictions counseling, and clinical supervision. School counseling graduates are eligible for the S state school counseling license in North Carolina. Students have successfully applied their programs toward several other specialized credentials available at the state and national level, including marriage and family certifications. 

Bridges Postdoctoral Scholars Program

More than 20 years ago, the UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development created a unique postdoctoral program to offer counselor educators, advanced doctoral students, and clinicians opportunities for professional development, self-directed learning, and collaborative research. Originally, this program was conceived of primarily as a way to provide a professional “home base” for counselor educators and newly-graduated doctoral students interested in spending a semester or two doing research and sometimes coursework in conjunction with our Departmental faculty. Over time, it has grown to include international professor and doctoral students who want to supplement their doctoral coursework at their home institution with specific learning experiences at UNCG. Postdoctoral Visiting Scholars develop their own programs of learning and research that can include conducting research, presenting professional development programs, participating in graduate courses offered by Departmental faculty, collaborating with faculty and doctoral students on areas of common interest, and in some cases providing technical assistance to doctoral students. This flexible program allows for an ongoing infusion of new ideas and perspectives that benefits faculty, students, and the visiting scholar. Some Visiting Scholars have come to work with a particular CED faculty member; others have had more specific projects for their time here. Our Visiting Scholars typically maintain close ties with the program after they leave Greensboro, including collaborative research projects, and the Department has enjoyed the many benefits of developing international connections around the globe. Recent post-doctoral fellows include Dr. Mine Aladag, Assistant Professor, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey; Dr. Choo Yon Hong, Full-time lecturer, Cheonan University, Cheonan, South Korea; Dr. Fidan Korkut, Professor, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey; and Dr. Moshe Tatar, Professor and Chair, Department of Education, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel. Recent advanced doctoral student visitors from abroad have included Ilhan Yalcin from Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey; Ismet Koc from Ege University, Izmir, Turkey; and, Gokhan Atik from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. Typically, doctoral students who choose to spend one or two semesters with us are looking to study more intensively and work with individual faculty members who share their particular areas of interest. For international applicants, it is important to allow 4-6 months lead time to complete, submit, and process all U.S. immigration/visitor paperwork. Please be sure to carefully read and follow the information regarding steps to take in meeting U.S. government requirements for temporary residence to study in the U.S. This information is provided at For the academic part of the application process, it usually takes about 6-8 weeks to review your application materials and respond back to you with an official acceptance or (occasionally) additional questions and request for supplemental information. All information can be submitted via email attachments. We try to expedite the process as much as possible, but how quickly the application is processed depends partly on the time of year it is submitted. Our regular semesters run from mid-August to mid-December and from late-January to early May. In general, faculty often are away from the university in the summer months (June and July), so applications submitted then may take longer to process. Visiting Scholars Information Form

Students in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development represent a wide range of ages, undergraduate majors, and professional backgrounds. Some students apply to the program directly from their undergraduate programs, while others reenter school after being in the workforce or raising a family. Examples of common undergraduate majors include psychology, education, philosophy, English, anthropology, and business. Students with medical and engineering backgrounds also have completed the program. The program is committed to admitting a student body that is rich in diversity, including ethnic/racial diversity and sexual orientation. Typically, 30 entry level (MS and MS/EdS) students and 7 doctoral students are admitted each year. Current and recent students come not only from North Carolina, but also from Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. We also have, or have had, international students from around the world, including the Caribbean, China, England, Germany, India, Kenya, Norway, Turkey and South Korea. 2008-2009 Cohorts Students have living options on-campus and off-campus. On-campus, there is suite style housing with 4-5 bedrooms and a common living and kitchen area (Tower Village Suites). Most students, however, live off-campus. Those living off-campus can choose from a variety of apartment complexes, including those within walking and biking distance and those within a 10-20 minute drive. More detailed information on on-campus housing is available from the Housing and Residence Life Office (336.334.5636); off-campus housing information is available from the Elliott Center Information Desk (336.334.5510), as well as through various websites on our City of Greensboro page. “Leadership through service. Service through leadership.” The fulltime nature of the program allows students to choose among many varied opportunities for professional service, which also provide professional development for participants. Our Upsilon Nu Chi chapter has numerous and active committies; many students also become involved in volunteer and elected positions in local, state, and even national counseling organizations. Others focus on writing and publishing, presentations, and other scholarly activities. Students are strongly encouraged to be contributors in whatever ways are the best “fit” between their skills and professional goals and the many opportunities for leadership and service, while at UNCG and beyond. Each year, the Department produces an annual report which summarizes the professional involvement activities of all its students. It’s always an impressive and varied list!

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