School Counseling Program

New Opportunity: Project INTACT Scholars

The Cato College of Education’s Department of Special Education and Child Development and Department of Counseling is excited to announce Project Intensive Needs Teacher and Counselor Training (INTACT). In October 2017, faculty were awarded an interdisciplinary grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs to provide opportunities for Master’s School Counseling students and MEd Special Education students to learn and conduct research collaboratively. Through the INTACT project, 10 new counseling students will be selected as INTACT Scholars. As INTACT scholars, students will complete 4 interdisciplinary courses that focus on working with children/youth with intensive behavior and/or mental health needs. Membership in this cohort will include:

  • Tuition and book funding for four interdisciplinary graduate courses:
    • SPED 6000- Concepts & Principles of Behavior Analysis
    • SPED 6000- Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis
    • CSLG 7680- Crisis Counseling
    • CSLG 7140- Consultation in School Counseling
  • An opportunity to collaborate on projects and learning with Special Education MEd students
  • An opportunity to develop expertise in applied behavior analysis (ABA)
  • Opportunity to participate and present research projects at the annual INTACT Summer Institute

Scholars will be required to:

  • Complete the required program of study as prescribed in two years
  • Work as a professional school counselor in a public school for a minimum of two years after program completion
If you are interested in being selected as a Project INTACT Scholar, applications to the UNC Charlotte Master’s in School Counseling program are due December 1, 2017.

Learn more about this initiative.


Philosophy of Our Program

The School Counseling Program in the Department of Counseling at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is designed with a multicultural focus and based on the American School Counselor Association National Model. The School Counseling Program is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). In addition, our school counseling program meets the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) standards in school counselor preparation, as well as North Carolina’s state requirements leading to K-12 school counseling licensure. The School Counseling Program prepares school counselors to be student advocates and supportive of the school’s academic mission in public or private elementary, middle, and secondary schools.

The faculty expects our graduates to serve as leaders in the school counseling profession, be multiculturally competent, advocate for all students, work for school wide systemic change, and be committed to continual professional growth. As a result of the faculty’s high expectations and quality of instruction, student’s will be able to organize and coordinate school counseling programs appropriate to the needs of all students and in support of the school’s academic mission. Students trained as school counselors will be competent in individual and group counseling, will be effective at consultation and collaboration with teachers, parents, community agencies as well as other community resources and important stakeholders. At the completion of their training, students will be eligible to obtain credentialing as National Certified Counselors and apply for CAS-level licensure as a school counselor in the state of North Carolina.