Counseling (MA)

The Master's of Arts in Counseling has three concentrations: (a) Addiction Counseling, (b) School Counseling and (c) Clinical Mental Health Counseling. While each concentration has similar core course requirements, there are some important differences. The Addiction Counseling concentration prepares students to work effectively in various treatment settings and with a variety of addictive behaviors. School Counseling concentration prepares students to be effective educational leaders while providing a variety of counseling services to children and adolescents in both public and private schools. Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration prepares students to provide a variety of counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults through agencies, nonprofit organizations, corporations and private practice. Finally, students can add-on to each of these areas a concentration in Play Therapy .

Gerontology (CERT)

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is designed to provide supplementary graduate education in the field of gerontology. Qualifying undergraduates studying at UNC Charlotte may begin as an Early Entry Student. Those with a bachelor's degree may complete it as a stand-alone option. This is also a perfect gap year program for those between undergraduate and graduate work. Those who already have a graduate degree in another field and want to learn more about older adults or those completing a graduate degree in another field who are interested in working with older adults will be able to understand more about the population they serve by completing this certificate.

School Counseling (post-masters) (PCER)

The post-master’s certificate in School Counseling meets the need of students who have completed a master’s degree in Counseling but have not met requirements for licensure as a school counselor in the state of North Carolina. Successful completion of the program requirements will enable the student to be recommended for licensure in school counseling from the university to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.