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Department of Counseling and Educational Development
Curry Building

Major Information


Nicholas A. Vacc, Professor and Chair of the Department

Professors Myers, Purkey; Visiting Distinguished Professor Patterson; Associate Professors Benshoff, Borders, Hinkle, Osborne; Assistant Professors Juhnke; Visiting Assistant Professor Fuller; Adjunct Professors Bleuer, Clawson, Sweeney, Thirsk, Walz

The Counselor Education program faculty adheres to the scientist problem-solver model of training. Consistent with this approach is the program's goals of graduating students who have knowledge of basic counseling, possess a high level of competency in providing professional services, and have the skills necessary to evaluate research that is relevant and that contributes to the profession. The major tenets underlying the programs include (a) exposure to a variety of theoretical orientations for counseling, (b) reliance on both the clinical-counseling and vocational-educational approaches in designing counseling and programmatic interventions, (c) a commitment to developing the student's skills as a researcher, and (d) a strong emphasis on the normal developmental issues of the individual as opposed to an approach based on pathology.

Especially important to the program faculty are the commitment to mental "health" (vs. pathology) and the value attached to understanding the common developmental themes throughout a person's life. Also, rather than receiving only one theoretical orientation in depth, students are exposed to a diverse base of knowledge and experience available from the faculty. This provides students with a number of different theoretical orientations from which they can formulate their own counseling style. An appealing feature of the program is the diversity of the faculty's theoretical orientations which translates into a variety or research opportunities available to creative students as well as different applied settings for gaining training experience.

Counseling and Development Major

The Department of Counseling and Educational Development offers a master's degree (MS), a combined master's and educational specialist degree (MS/EdS), and a doctoral degree (PhD) or EdD) in counseling and counselor education.

Within the master's programs, students may emphasize through their specialized coursework and internship the following areas within counseling: school counseling, student development in higher education, community counseling, and community counseling with specialized emphasis on gerontological counseling.

Within the combined master's and education specialist programs, and with the doctoral program, students may emphasize through their specialized coursework and internship the following areas within counseling: school counseling, student development in higher education, community counseling, community counseling with specialized emphasis on gerontological counseling, and marriage and family counseling.

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA), has conferred accreditation to all degree programs


For Undergraduates

210 Career/Life Planning (3:3). Introduction to career/life planning; knowledge of career development theories and decision-making theories; emphasis on collecting information related to the world of work and relating this information to the individual.

299A Experimental Course: Principles and Processes of Student Development in Higher Education (3:3). An overview of various aspects of the college experience, including: campus culture; time management, study, career and life planning skills; multicultural and diversity issues; and personal development.

310 Helping Skills (3:3). Pr. advanced undergraduates in appropriate major. Skills useful for facilitating helping relationships. Practical model for counseling and learning about helping by practicing the helping skills.

For Advanced Undergraduates

and Graduate Students

506 Institutes in Education (1-3). Students may apply no more than 3 hours of this course to any degree program. Grade: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, S/U. Practicum or workshop experiences to focus on issues, problems, or approaches in the profession.

572 Counseling Older Persons (3:3). Theories of aging, disability, development, and counseling provide a basis for understanding the counseling needs of older persons. Gerontological counseling techniques are included. (Formerly CED 672)

574 Topics in Counseling and Guidance (3:3). Designed to study issues, problems, and new approaches in helping relationships. Emphasis placed on current topic(s) of interest.

For Graduate Students Only

602 Student Development in Higher Education (3:3).

603 The American College Student (3:3).

605 Counseling and Guidance of Diverse Populations (3:3).

610 Helping Relationships (3:3).

611 The Counselor as the Scientist Practitioner (3:3).

612 Counseling Over the Lifespan (3:3).

620 Counseling Theories and Practice (3:3).

640 Research Practicum in Counseling and Personnel Services (3:3).

641 Counseling and Guidance with Children (3:3).

642 Substance Abuse Counseling (3:3).

644 Counseling in Community Settings (3:3).

647b Consultation in Counselor Education: Theory and Process (3:3).

648 The Functions and Organization of Pupil Personnel Services (3:3).

650 Techniques of Group Counseling (3:3).

653 Practicum in Counseling (1:1).

656 Advanced Counseling Theory and Practice (3:3).

657 Internship in University Teaching in Counseling (3:3).

669 Career Development (3:3).

671 Understanding and Counseling Adolescents (3:3).

673 Group Applications (3:3).

674 Career Counseling (3:3).

676a-f Organization and Administration of Student Development Services (3:3).

677 School Certification (3:3).

678 Professional Orientation (3:3).

680a,b Internship (3:3), (3:3).

682 Application of Measurement and Clinical Appraisal Techniques (3:3).

688 Contemporary Problems Seminar (1 to 3).

690 Counselors Working with Families (3:3).

691 Advanced Clinical Seminar in Couple and Family Counseling/Therapy (3:3)

692 Independent Study (1 to 4).

699 Thesis (3 to 6).

760 Seminar: Consultation in Human Service Settings (3:3).

775 Directed Doctoral Research (3:3).

777a,b Seminar in Counseling (3:3), (3:3).

780a,b,c Advanced Internship (3 to 9).

781a,b Counseling Internship Supervision (1 to 6).

799 Dissertation (12).

800 Graduate Registration (0).

670 Educational Measurement and Evaluation (3:3).

681 Design and Analysis of Educational Experiments (3:3).

683 School Public Relations (3:3).

687 Public School Law (3:3).

688 Contemporary Problems Seminar (1 to 3).

689 Seminar in Leadership Development (6).

690 Supervised Practicum in School Administration (3).

691 Principles of Administration (3:3).

692 Independent Study (1 to 4).

693 Seminar in Advanced Research Methods (3:3).

694 Organization and Governance of Public Education (3:3).

699 Thesis (3 to 6).

730 Practicum in Educational Research and Evaluation (3).

750 Advanced Seminar in School Law Research (3:3).

751 Concepts and Cases in Educational Administration (3:3).

752 Theories in Educational Administration (3:3).

799 Dissertation (12).

800 Graduate Registration. (0).

801 Graduate Registration. (0).


Contact: University Registrar's Office
Registrar, UNCG, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170 (336) 334-5946

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