The mission of the Counseling and Educational Development (CED) Ph.D. program is to educate doctoral students to be scholars and stewards of the counseling profession. In this full-time, cohort-based, three-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.
All of CED’s programs are CACREP accredited and are in person on the UNCG main campus. All programs are full-time with courses offered predominantly during the day between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The program is intentionally developmental in the sequence of the courses and experiences provided to students. Through intentional progression of coursework and hands-on experience in research, teaching, and clinical supervision, students become increasingly independent in the various roles of a doctoral-level counseling professional. CED doctoral students have multiple opportunities to explore areas of interest and deepen their research focus, graduating ready to make significant and substantial contributions to research in the field. CED doctoral students are also integral members of our department, developing their professional skills in teaching and supervision as they contribute to the training of our master’s students, always with supervision and support from CED faculty.
Each year, approximately 5-8 doctoral students are recommended for admission into the full-time/day-time counseling program by an Admissions Committee made up of program faculty.
Careers include: Counselor Educator; Administrator or Director of a counseling clinic; Counselor in private practice, college/university counseling center, and outpatient facilities; Director of School Counseling program; Clinical Supervisor; or Clinical Researcher.
The deadline to apply for the doctoral program is November 15. Admission is for the fall semester only. Applications that are not completed by the respective deadlines are not reviewed. Please contact the Graduate School to confirm all required information has been received there.
Application criteria for application for the doctoral program includes:
Applicants may either upload official transcripts that have been issued by their institution’s Registrar’s Office onto their online application or 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
We use a completely electronic application process.
All applicants should include the following supplemental documents as attachments to their online application:
Timeline and Interviews
The admissions committee will begin reviewing applications after the application deadline. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview early in the spring semester. Participation in the interview process is mandatory for selected students. Applicants are notified of their admission status usually within two to four weeks after all interviews are completed; typically, students receive notification no later than April 15.
Degree Type: Doctoral
College/School: School of Education
Program Type: Major
Class Type: In Person
Learn More About the Department of Counseling and Educational Development (CED)View UNCG Catalog
CED Admissions Staff
Department Chair and Professor
L. DiAnne Borders
CED Graduate Program Director