Welcome to the Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education!

The Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education prepares students to facilitate human development across the life span, to advocate for clients and students, and to serve local, national, and international communities through the delivery and creation of state-of-the-art counseling services. The department achieves these goals by advancing knowledge, skills, and attitudes appropriate for effective and ethical professional counseling practice and by conducting and disseminating related research.

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The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, CACREP, requires that counselor education programs disseminate their outcome / vital statistics per accredited program.

RCE Accreditation, Academic, and Outcome Measures

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U.S News & World Report

#1 College of Education in Iowa

#9 Rehabilitation Counseling (2020)

#38 Best Public College of Education (2020)

#50 Best College of Education in U.S. (2020)

Upon completion of an academic program in Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, students will be evaluated and expected to have awareness, knowledge, and skills in the following areas:

  1. Current definitions, professional standards, and appropriate professional practices regarding multiculturalism,
  2. what it means to be a multiculturally competent helping professional,
  3. integrated feedback into practice and professionalism in interpersonal interactions,
  4. personal limitations and strengths (that  could ultimately support or harm a client/student),
  5. a  personal  plan  for  future  practice  in  the  field  regarding  multicultural relationships.

Our CACREP accredited programs are consistently among the top ranked specialty programs in the nation with the Rehabilitation Counseling Program ranked #3, and the Student Counseling and Personnel Services program (School Counseling) ranked #10 in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Students of all programs come from across the nation and the world to study with the highly productive, engaged and respected scholar-leaders on our faculty. We offer an involved, high quality scholarly environment with many supports for student success in which diversity and engagement are actively valued.    

I invite you to explore the information provided on our Department and Program websites regarding program requirements, application, financial aid, contact our Program Coordinators, or contact me as the Departmental Executive Officer (DEO) directly. Investigate how we might assist you in furthering your own goals to make an important contribution to the lives of individuals with disabilities, children, and the counseling profession!

Go Hawks!

Dr. Noel Estrada-Hernández, PhD., CRC
Department Executive Officer


Department Chair

Contact the Office

N338 Lindquist Center

Phone: 319-335-5275

Fax: 319-335-5291