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Graduate Catalog | 2015-2016 
Graduate Catalog | 2015-2016 Previous Edition

Substance Abuse Counseling, Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling is designed to prepare students to assist those in need of counseling due to chemical dependence. 

Program Requirements

A curriculum has been established for a specialty in substance abuse counseling. Students must complete four of the following courses.


These four courses plus 600 hours of supervised field experiences in substance abuse treatment facilities are components of a University-approved certificate program. Students who successfully complete the four courses along with the 600 hours of field experience as a part of their master’s degree in counseling at UNC Charlotte are eligible to apply for licensure under Criteria C with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board. Applications for admission to the Certificate Program will be considered as they are received and admissions will be ongoing. Students are admitted to the Graduate School in a special category for certificate students.

Additional Admission Requirements

The certificate program admits practitioners and students who either hold or are currently enrolled in a CACREP-accredited graduate degree program. In addition to the general requirements for admission to a certificate program, applicants must provide official transcripts, three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s personal and professional qualifications, and an essay describing the applicant’s relevant experience and objectives in undertaking the certificate program in substance abuse counseling.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available on a limited basis for students enrolled in the Substance Abuse Certificate Program. Contact the Department of Counseling for information on scholarship application.