Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Rehabilitation Counseling M.A.


Program Overview

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Site: Greeley
Mode: Online (some in-person options)
Start terms: Fall, Spring

Location: Gunter 1250

Telephone: 970.351.2403

Fax: 970.351.1255

Website: www.unco.edu/nhs/rehabilitation-counseling-sciences/

The mission of the Rehabilitation program is to educate Master's students in the area of rehabilitation counseling to assist and support individuals with disabilities or chronic illnesses to achieve maximum potential, meaningful employment, and full community integration. In doing so, the program focuses on encouraging students to pursue a life-long commitment to learning, critical thinking skills, creative problem solving, and an appreciation of the skills and abilities of the individuals with disabilities.

The Rehabilitation Counseling M.A. program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

All students who graduate will be eligible to earn the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) designation and will be prepared to enter the professional Rehabilitation Counseling field in public and/or private rehabilitation programs.


General Master's Degree Admission Requirements

Program Requirements:

The student must submit materials directly to the Graduate School. Materials sent to the program will not be reviewed. In addition to application materials required by the Graduate School, the Rehabilitation Counseling program requires:

  1. Two letters of recommendation.
  2. Provide a current resume.
  3. A statement of interest covering the following topics (maximum of 8 pages double-spaced)
    1. What factors and events motivated your interest in rehabilitation?
    2. Discuss your attitude and philosophy in general. Describe your attitude or philosophy toward research, community change and advocacy.
    3. What are your career and educational goals? Why have you chosen rehabilitation counseling as your area of study? In what role and in what organizational setting would you ultimately like to be employed?
    4. What past exposure have you had to rehabilitation? Include any coursework or work experience (paid or volunteer) you have had. If you have had none, provide a justification of your current interest in the field.
    5. How would you describe your strengths and weaknesses? This should cover such areas as academic ability, ability to form effective counseling relationships, ability to work with individuals from various cultural backgrounds, capacity to work with others, leadership and ability to cope with stress.

Degree Requirements — 60 Credits

Required Major Credits — 54 hours

APCE 623Understanding and Counseling Diverse Populations


APCE 657Legal and Ethical Aspects of Counseling and Psychology


PSY 530Life Span Developmental Psychology


RCS 580Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling


RCS 581Assessment of Adults with Disabilities


RCS 585Career Counseling and Placement for People with Disabilities


RCS 604Family, Cultural and Psychological Aspects of Disability


RCS 605Medical Aspects of Disability


RCS 610Interpretation and Evaluation of Behavioral Research


RCS 630Counseling Theories and Techniques in Rehabilitation


RCS 631Group Processes in Rehabilitation


RCS 692Clinical Internship in Rehabilitation


RCS 694Supervised Counseling in Rehabilitation


RCS 692: Take 15 credits

RCS 692: Must be completed in an approved rehabilitation counseling setting.

Elective Credits — 6 hours

APCE 624Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse


EDSE 541Introduction to Visual Impairments and Deaf-Blindness


EDSE 546Principles of Orientation and Mobility


EDSE 548Medical and Educational Implications of Visual Impairments


GERO 665Research Application and Grant Development


RCS 650Human Resources System


NOTES: To complete requirements for rehabilitation counseling, 6 semester hours of electives, approved by the faculty advisor, must be taken.

Program Notes

The required major courses are offered online, during the evenings, and in a weekend workshop format in order to accommodate the academic needs of adult learners

Passing the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) national examination is required for successful completion of the Master of Arts degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.

The master's program is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and qualifies students to obtain the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) designation.

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