Welcome to the Rehabilitation Counseling program!

The Master of Arts program in rehabilitation and counselor education with a rehabilitation counseling subprogram requires a minimum of 60 s.h. of graduate credit. Full-time students can complete the program in approximately 20 months (four semesters). The program prepares professional counselors to provide assistance with psychological wellness through flexible, consumer-oriented therapy to individuals experiencing various problems in living, including mental disorders and substance abuse. They combine traditional psychotherapy with a practical, problem-solving approach that creates a dynamic efficient path for change and problem resolution.

Graduates of our program learn to integrate their counseling skills with the psychosocial, medical, vocational, and multicultural aspects of disability. They develop ethically sound case management skills that allow them to provide services that address employment, including career development and placement, independent living, including disability management, transition and vocational assessment and community integration.

Application Deadline

  • March 1 (Fall session)

Applications for full-time study are accepted continually for Fall session entry.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions
  • Undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better on a four-point scale
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General test – verbal and quantitative
  • English Proficiency Requirements (international applicants)
  • A personal interview (in person or by telephone) with the faculty

Application Procedure

  1. Create an application account to begin the application process.
  2. Submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  3. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive email instructions on how to establish your HawkID and password which you will use to access MyUI, our online service center for students and applicants.
  4. You will use your Admissions Profile on MyUI to upload required supplemental materials.

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University’s institutional code is 6681)
  • Official TOEFL scores may be required for some non-native speakers of English
  • Current Resume
  • A statement of purpose, including a statement of your personal career objectives.
  • Three letters of recommendation*

* You will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders, including their email, on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.

Contacts

Application questions can be directed to: Sue Cline in the Office of Student Services   319/335-5260, sue-cline@uiowa.edu.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Rehabilitation counselors work in a variety of settings, including public agencies such as state vocational rehabilitation programs and Veterans Affairs vocational rehabilitation programs, independent living centers, community-based rehabilitation centers and supported employment, psychiatric rehabilitation programs, transition from school to work programs, and private for-profit worker's compensation and insurance rehabilitation agencies. They provide interventions designed to help persons with disabilities adapt to the demands of their environments. They also prepare the environments to accommodate an individual's needs. Assessment, personal and vocational counseling, development of rehabilitation and treatment plans, case management, service coordination, psychosocial adjustment, job development, placement, and follow-up are typical services that rehabilitation and mental health counselors provide.

The M.A. program in rehabilitation counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Graduates of the program are eligible for certification by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).

Course Delivery and Pedagogy

The M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling requires a minimum of 60 s.h. of graduate credit. Full-time students can complete the program in two academic years (four semesters).

All our classes meet face to face. Technology is used to provide distance supervision in clinical courses depending on the placement of the student. Throughout the program of study, students will participate of lecture and seminar-type classes, group discussions, individual presentations, and will be exposed to the expertise of our community members who serve as guest lecturers. Students are also expected to be engaged as consumers and creators of research and professional service.  

Courses and Concentration Requirements

The curriculum blends academic work with supervised clinical experiences. Students take one semester of practicum and one semester of internship concurrently with academic courses. The program concludes with a full-time internship (40 hours per week) during a spring semester. Students are assigned to rehabilitation agencies or facilities that meet CACREP accreditation standards and that have programs or clientele who match a student's interests and educational objectives.

Clinical placements require criminal background checks. Supervised practicums, internships, and comprehensive examinations are not offered during summer sessions. The M.A. in rehabilitation counseling following work. Click on this link to view the recommended classes and sessions in the RC M.A. Program of Study. Please use this form when meeting with your advisor.

Required Courses

Course #                                                                   Course Title Semester Hours
RCE:5202 Introduction to Group Counseling 3
RCE:5203 Career Development 3
RCE:5221 Theories of Counseling and Human Development Across the Life Span 3
RCE:5242 Introduction to Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management 3
RCE:5247 Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability Across the Developmental Life Span 6
RCE:5249 Psychopathology, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, and Emerging Approaches in Counseling 3
RCE:5250 Multiculturalism in Helping Professions 3
RCE:5253 Forensic Rehabilitation 3
RCE:5254 Assessment and Appraisal 3
RCE:5270 Issues and Ethics in Counseling 3
RCE:5279 Microskills for Rehabilitation Counseling 3
RCE:6341 Occupational Information, Job Development, and Job Placement 3
RCE:6346 Practicum in Rehabilitation Counseling 3
RCE:6347 Internship in Rehabilitation Counseling 12
RCE:6500 Research Methods in Counseling 3
Total Hours 60

Comprehensive Examination

In addition to the three-hour departmental comprehensive examination, another three-hour written examination on the process and practice of rehabilitation and mental health counseling is required. Exams are offered only during fall and spring semesters.

Employment Opportunities

The M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling prepares professional counselors to assist persons with psychiatric disabilities with their psychological wellness, employment, independent living, and personal or economic development. The following list are some examples of potential employment opportunities:

  • State Rehabilitation Agencies (DVR, DBS)
  • Veteran’s Administration
  • Hospitals (Rehabilitation, VA, Psychiatric)
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Programs
  • K-12 Schools with Transition Programs
  • Independent Living Centers
  • Insurance Companies
  • Private Agencies or Practice
Employment Opportunities

The M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling prepares professional counselors to assist persons with psychiatric disabilities with their psychological wellness, employment, independent living, and personal or economic development. The following list are some examples of potential employment opportunities:

  • State Rehabilitation Agencies (DVR, DBS)
  • Veteran’s Administration
  • Hospitals (Rehabilitation, VA, Psychiatric)
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Programs
  • K-12 Schools with Transition Programs
  • Independent Living Centers
  • Insurance Companies
  • Private Agencies or Practice
Application Deadlines
  • March 1 (Fall session)

Applications for full-time study are accepted continually for Fall session entry.

 

Application Questions?

Sue Cline
Office of Student Services
319-335-5260
sue-cline@uiowa.edu.

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