The program emphasizes five major components:
- individual and group counseling theory and technique;
- influence of career acquisition and personal independence on the daily lives of persons with disabilities;
- social and psychological impact of disability on an individual and family;
- federal, state, and private service delivery systems for persons with disabilities; and
- self-awareness on the part of counselors-in-training.
The program offers two tracks:
- Rehabilitation counseling (RC/MHC) track (2 years on campus): Graduates of this option provide counseling and consultative services to the general population of persons who have disabilities. Mental health counseling (MHC): Graduates of this track are also eligible to seek licensure as a licensed professional counselor in mental health settings.
- Rehabilitation counseling for the deaf (RCD/MHCD) track (3 years online/hybrid): This is one of two deaf specialty programs in the United States. Students in this program plan to seek employment as counselors or consultants for culturally deaf people, deafened individuals and to persons who are hard of hearing. Mental health counseling with the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind (MHCD): Graduates of this track will have their coursework emphasized with the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind population, are also eligible to seek licensure as a licensed professional counselor in mental health settings.
Where this degree can take you:
- Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
- Case Manager with a vendor who serves vocational rehabilitation clients
- Youth Transition Specialist
- Community services coordinator for adults with disabilities
- Disabled students services
- Client Advocate
- Group or supported living coordinator
- Mental health counselor in a community or higher education setting
To start, you need:
- A bachelor’s degree
- 2 years of working experience is preferred
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Finishing will take:
- 2-3 years
- 90 credits
- Professional project
Begin your MS in Rehabilitation Counseling program:
Where you will take classes:
- On-campus courses (MS RC/MHC)
- Online courses (MS RCD/MHC)
Technology you will need:
- Computer with internet connection
What you will learn:
You will receive training to provide individuals who are Deaf and/or have disabilities an opportunity to live fulfilling, productive, and independent lives. FAQs
- Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the rehabilitation counseling related theories and policies.
- Demonstrate competency in facilitating employment, independent living, community integration and personal adjustment for individuals who are deaf or have disabilities and come from diverse cultural backgrounds.
- Show commitment to professional excellence and leadership through the practice of ethical behavior and integrity.
The program is certified by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling & Related Education Programs (CACREP) through July 31, 2025.