About Us


The mission of the Department of Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is to prepare highly effective and ethical 21st century counseling professionals who have a positive impact on diverse individuals and are social justice advocates in a variety of community settings. This mission is accomplished through working collaboratively with schools, communities, and university colleagues at the local, national, and international level.


The vision for our program is to prepare counselors who are informed; sensitive to the diversity and uniqueness of individuals, families and communities; and valuing and promoting the dignity, potential, and well-being of all people.


The faculty has established the following goals in support of our mission and vision:

  • To develop and maintain a curriculum based on current knowledge concerning the counseling and human development needs of a global community,
  • To challenge and support student and faculty growth in human understanding, dignity, and positive interactions on all levels,
  • To promote social justice, especially for groups that have been historically disenfranchised,
  • To develop collaborative partnerships that foster our mission,
  • To provide excellent instruction, research, and community service, and
  • To achieve excellence by maintaining CACREP accreditation at both the Master’s and Doctoral levels.


The faculty is committed to integrating teaching, scholarship, research, clinical practice, and service, while promoting a climate of social justice, systemic change and advocacy. This commitment extends to training students to be multiculturally-conscious practitioners and educators who actively engage in critical self-reflection, scholarship, and practice in an effort to effectively transform communities, institutions, and systems.