University of North Carolina–Greensboro

Department of Counseling & Educational Development
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The Counselor Education program faculty adhere to the scientist problem-solver model of training. Consistent with this approach are the program goals of graduating students who have extensive knowledge of counseling theories and practice, possess a high level of competency in providing professional services, have the skills necessary to evaluate research relevant to their practice, and are committed to evaluating their own clinical and programmatic interventions. Although coursework covers the wide spectrum of counseling concerns and client functioning, there is a strong emphasis on understanding the normal developmental themes throughout a person's life, as well as ways persons may respond to developmental challenges and seek to cope with life changes and transitions. Thus, the program emphasizes mental health and wellness vs. pathology. In addition, application of theoretical knowledge is strongly emphasized throughout the program, as students are enrolled in supervised clinical experiences from the first semester to the last.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Christine E. Murray
Department Emphasis
  • 25% Couple & Family Counseling
  • 25% Community Counseling
  • 25% School Counseling
  • 25% Student Development in Higher Education
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

228 Curry Building
PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27412
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. L. DiAnne Borders
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Institutes in Education
  • Contemporary Topics in Counseling
  • Experimental Course
  • Student Development in Higher Education
  • The American College Student
  • Counseling Diverse Populations
  • Helping Relationships
  • The Counselor as Scientist-Practitioner
  • Developmental Counseling
  • Counseling Theories and Practice
  • Research Practicum in Counseling and Personnel Services
  • Counseling Children
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Counseling in Community Settings
  • Mental Health Issues for Genetic Counselors
  • Consultation in Counselor Education
  • Theory and Process
  • Foundations of School Counseling
  • Group Counseling Theory and Practice
  • Practicum in Counseling
  • Group Counseling in Schools
  • Multicultural Considerations in School Counseling
  • School Counselors as Consultants in Educational Settings
  • Advanced Contemporary Topics in School Counseling
  • Career Development
  • Understanding and Counseling Adolescents
  • Counseling for Middle and Later Life
  • Group Process and Leadership
  • Organization and Administration of Student Development Services
  • School Certification
  • Professional Orientation
  • Counseling Internship
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Counseling
  • Contemporary Problems Seminar
  • Counselors Working with Families
  • Advanced Clinical Topics in Couple and Family Counseling: Family Violence
  • Advanced Clinical Topics in Couple and Family Counseling: Sexuality Counseling
  • Advanced Clinical Topics in Couple and Family Counseling: Couples Counseling
  • Advanced Counseling Theory and Practice
  • Internship in University Teaching in Counseling
  • Career Counseling
  • Directed Doctoral Research
  • Seminar in Counseling
  • Advanced Counseling Internship
  • Counseling Supervision
  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation Extension
  • Research Extension
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Couple & Family Counseling
Masters Comments

The M.S./Ed.S. degree prepares students for applied clinical/practitioner positions in a variety of family service and mental health agencies. The M.S./Ph.D. is focused on students who will continue into the Ph.D. degree program.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Counselor Education
Doctoral Comments

The Ph.D. program leads to careers in college or university teaching, research, advanced practitioner positions, private practice, and supervisory/leadership/administrative positions in applied or governmental agencies. 

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.