Welcome to the Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education!

The problems confronting people in our society are complex and create significant distress and hardship for many individuals. Our faculty and programs prepare caring, highly skilled counselors and couple and family therapists, as well as addressing pressing human issues in their research and service activities. 


The department prepares practitioners and scholars by offering graduate programs in four major areas within rehabilitation and counselor education:

It also offers basic courses in interviewing and interpersonal skills for students in other professional and graduate programs. In addition, the department offers an undergraduate minor in Human Relations.

RCE Professional Objectives

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

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N338 Lindquist Center

Phone: 319-335-5275

Fax: 319-335-5291