The Department of Counselor Education
offers a 48 credit hour program (16 courses) leading to the Master of
Arts in Counseling: Rehabilitation Counseling.
This statement is provided in fulfillment of CHEA
Recognition Standard 12(B)2 and CORE Standard A.5.
The Rehabilitation Counseling program has been awarded a 5 year
grant of approximately $750,000 through the Rehabilitation Services
Administration. Each year, approximately $110,000 is made
available to students for tuition, fees, and travel. On average,
each semester for the past 3 years, 13 students have received full
tuition and fee waivers.
Enrollment and graduation data for the Rehabilitation
Counseling program over the past three academic years:
Individuals admitted in Fall 2011 will begin
graduating in Fall 2013.
The average length of time to successfully graduate
from the Rehabilitation Counseling program is 3 years. The
estimated cost of tuition and fees for the 48 hour program is
The employment rate for Rehabilitation Counseling graduates within 6
months of graduation is over 95%.
Graduates are employed in a variety of private,
state, and federal employment settings including but not limited to the
Division of Human Services, Veterans Administration, private insurance
and case management firms, and public not-for-profit community agencies.
The M.A. in Counseling: Rehabilitation
Counseling program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation
Education (CORE) and fulfills the educational requirements for the two
levels of licensure as professional counselors in the State of Illinois:
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Professional
Counselor (LCPC). The program also meets the educational
requirements for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential
after passing the necessary certification examination.
Department of Counselor Education Rehabilitation Counseling program is
committed to improving the lives of persons with disabilities by
providing qualified (CRC-eligible)
professional rehabilitation counselors trained in the current best
practices of rehabilitation services to work in public and private
agencies serving a diverse state and nation.
qualified rehabilitation counselors-in-training who are committed
to working with people with disabilities from widely diverse
cultures, abilities, dispositions, and backgrounds.
train future counselors in effective, sensitive strategies and methods of
practice to assist persons from diverse background to obtain their
maximum functioning in their community including work.
retain counselors-in-training so that they may reach their maximum level
of competency, preparation, and satisfaction in their chosen career.
competently trained rehabilitation counselors into community public
and private agencies serving persons with disabilities ethically,
competently, and sensitively respectful of each person's unique
background, value systems, and abilities.
the community with competent and current services and resources that
improves the lives of persons with disability and, in turn,
enriching the quality of life for all.
Required courses for
48 credit hours (16 courses). All courses listed below are 3
credit hour graduate courses:
COUN 403 Theories of Counseling
COUN 404 Assessment and Evaluation in
COUN 405 Individual
COUN 406 Group
COUN 409 Career
COUN 427 Diagnostic
Systems for Counseling
COUN 430 Social and Cultural Diversity in
COUN 433 Foundations of Rehab
COUN 434 Medical & Psychosocial
Aspects of Disability
COUN 435 Work and Disability
COUN 436 Case Management for Rehab
COUN 446 Practicum in Rehabilitation
COUN 463 Internship I:
COUN 473 Internship II:
Practicum and Internship consists of
700 hours of documented field-related experience, of which 280 hours of
face-to-face counseling is required. COUN 446 Practicum in
Rehabilitation Counseling is a 100-hour,
field-based experience requiring a minimum of 40 hours of direct contact
with clients. COUN 463 Internship I: Rehabilitation Counseling and COUN 473 Internship II:
Rehabilitation Counseling together consist of a
600-hour, field-based experience requiring a minimum of 240 hours of
clinical contact with clients.
Sample Schedule for Full-Time Study in Rehab
Fall: 12 credit hours
433 Foundations of
434 Medical &
Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
403 Theories of Counseling
404 Assessment & Evaluation in Counseling
409 Career Development
435 Work and
406 Group Counseling
436 Case Management
for Rehabilitation Counselors
427 Diagnostic Systems
430 Social & Cultural Diversity in Counseling
446 Practicum in
408 Research Seminar
(may be taken in the spring)
463 Internship II: Rehabilitation Counseling
Summer: 3 credit hours
473 Internship II: Rehabilitation Counseling
Proficiency Examination (DPE)
All counselor education students are required to pass a
comprehensive departmental proficiency examination (DPE) prior to
graduation. This exam is offered annually in February, June, and
Apply to the M.A. in Counseling:
Rehabilitation Counseling program