UNT Counseling program ranked in top 10 by GraduatePrograms.com

By Raquel Talamantes

The UNT College of Education’s graduate counseling program has gathered a prestigious title, earning a top-10 nationwide ranking from GraduatePrograms.com.

GraduatePrograms.com uses methodology based on National Center for Education Statistics data and student reviews from the specific school or major. At least five students associated with the major must send in feedback about the program in order for the institution to be eligible for the Top Programs List.

NCES’ data was gathered in 2015-16 by calculating thousands of student reviews together with internal recommended data.

“I was delighted, but not surprised, to learn about the ranking,” said Janice Holden, chair of the UNT Department of Counseling and Higher Education. “The UNT Counseling program has frequently ranked among the top 20 nationwide and first in Texas by U.S. News & World Report, so this most recent ranking by another organization is in line with previous rankings.”

“Students are pleased with our graduate degree programs accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs because they get outstanding preparation at the master’s level to work as licensed or certified counselors in clinical mental health or school settings and at the doctoral level to work as advanced counseling practitioners or counselor educators,” Holden said.  

Holden describes the Center for Play Therapy in the College of Education as being the world’s largest training and research-generating program in play therapy. The center counsels children ages 2 to 10, and the 12-member Counseling Program faculty also includes specialists in transpersonal counseling, animal assisted therapy, addiction counseling and child-parent relationship therapy.

In the past five years, the faculty in this program has collectively received more than 30 professional awards and recognitions. Several faculty have also taken on key professional leadership roles.

Also, within the past five years, Counseling students have received more than 35 awards and fellowships from professional counseling associations.

“There is much for program faculty and students to be proud of, and much to recommend the program to prospective students,” Holden said.