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M.A. in Counseling:
Rehabilitation Counseling

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Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin

The Department of Counselor Education offers a 48 credit hour program (16 courses) leading to the Master of Arts in Counseling:  Rehabilitation Counseling.

Program Information

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:

************ Fall 2011 Spring 2012 Fall 2012 Spring 2013 Fall 2013 Spring 2014
Admitted 4 10 10 2 5 7
Graduates 6 NA 6 NA 7 NA

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 approximately $16,000.

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.

he 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.


  • To recruit qualified rehabilitation counselors-in-training who are committed to working with people with disabilities from widely diverse cultures, abilities, dispositions, and backgrounds.

  • To 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.

  • To retain counselors-in-training so that they may reach their maximum level of competency, preparation, and satisfaction in their chosen career.

  • To place 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.

  • To provide 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 Rehabilitation Counseling
48 credit hours (16 courses).  All courses listed below are 3 credit hour graduate courses:

  • COUN 402 Developmental Counseling

  • COUN 403  Theories of Counseling

  • COUN 404 Assessment and Evaluation in Counseling

  • COUN 405 Individual Counseling Skills

  • COUN 406 Group Counseling

  • COUN 408 Research Seminar

  • COUN 409 Career Development

  • COUN 427 Diagnostic Systems for Counseling

  • COUN 430 Social and Cultural Diversity in Counseling

  • COUN 433 Foundations of Rehab Counseling

  • COUN 434 Medical & Psychosocial Aspects of Disability

  • COUN 435 Work and Disability

  • COUN 436 Case Management for Rehab Counselors

  • COUN 446 Practicum in Rehabilitation Counseling**

  • COUN 463 Internship I: Rehabilitation Counseling**

  • COUN 473 Internship II: Rehabilitation Counseling**

**Clinical Experience

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 Counseling:

Year 1
Fall: 12 credit hours

433  Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling
434  Medical & Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
402  Developmental Counseling
403  Theories of Counseling

Spring: 12 credit hours
404  Assessment & Evaluation in Counseling
405  Individual Counseling Skills
409  Career Development
435  Work and Disability

Summer: 6 credit hours
406  Group Counseling
436  Case Management for Rehabilitation Counselors

Year 2

Fall: 9-12 credit hours

427  Diagnostic Systems for Counseling
430  Social & Cultural Diversity in Counseling
446  Practicum in Rehabilitation Counseling
408  Research Seminar (may be taken in the spring)

Spring: 6 credit hours
463  Internship II: Rehabilitation Counseling

Summer: 3 credit hours
473  Internship II: Rehabilitation Counseling

Departmental 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 October. 

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Department of Counselor Education
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5550 N. St. Louis Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
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