Our Rehabilitation Counseling MA program will prepare you to be a professional counselor and provide assistance with psychological wellness through flexible, consumer-oriented therapy to individuals experiencing various problems in living, including mental disorders and substance abuse.
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.
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The curriculum blends academic work with supervised clinical experiences. You will complete one semester of practicum concurrently with courses and one semester in a full-time internship placement.
The MA 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
- Veterans Administration
- Substance Abuse Treatment Programs
- K-12 Schools with Transition Programs
- Independent Living Centers
- Insurance Companies
- Private Agencies or Practice
Rehabilitation Service Administration (RSA) Scholars Program
The Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation received a RSA Scholars Long-term Training Grant from U.S. Department of Education. The goal is to increase the supply of qualified M.A. students by recruiting, educating, graduating, and placing competent and diverse rehabilitation counselor to work in the state Vocational Rehabilitation Agency and related agencies. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Assistantships provide valuable experience, open new career paths, and help finance your graduate education. In addition to a monthly salary, assistantships frequently provide a fee waiver for the out-of-state portion of tuition. Positions vary from quarter-time (10 hours per week, the minimum necessary for out-of-state tuition waiver) to half-time (20 hours per week) and may span nine or 12 months. Some assistantships are closely related to specific departments or fields, and all require specific skills or aptitudes. In addition to assistantships, students might be eligible to work for individual faculty members as research assistants if funds are available, or as teaching assistants in the Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education.
Each year, the Iowa Testing Programs award a limited number of fellowships to students with outstanding academic credentials in the College of Education. Students of color with strong credentials may be eligible for Graduate College Graduate Opportunity Fellowships.
We are particularly interested in encouraging applications from those traditionally underrepresented in the field, particularly persons with disabilities and/or those with minority or ethnic group status. The Center for Diversity and Enrichment (CDE) offers financial, social, and academic support leading to graduation.
Admissions and Application
Application deadline is March 4, 2022 (priority). April 1, 2022 (final).
- 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
- The GRE requirement has been suspended for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. 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
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
- The GRE requirement has been suspended for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. 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.
Please review the required supplemental documents above before starting the general graduate application.