MS, Rehabilitation & Career Counseling

CACREP Approved Program

History and Accreditation

The Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies at East Carolina University began in 1967 with a graduate degree in Rehabilitation and Career Counseling (RCC), formerly Rehabilitation Counseling. The first class of students graduated in 1969. The RCC program was one of the first accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) in 1974. The Department has maintained CORE accreditation since July 01, 2017, when CORE merged with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in efforts to promote a unified counseling profession. CACREP has since reaccredited the RCC program through October 31, 2023.

The standards set forth by CACREP can be found at

General Information for Public Disclosure (CACREP Standards 1.B, 1.D, 2.A, & 2.B)

The Master of Science (MS) in Rehabilitation and Career Counseling program is a 62 credit-hour CACREP accredited rehabilitation counseling program that generally takes a full-time student two years to complete. The coursework includes a combination of classroom, clinical study, personal counseling, and experiential activities. Completion of a rehabilitation counseling internship of 600 clock hours, supervised by a CRC, is also required.

For graduation, students are required to take and pass the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam the semester prior to internship (must complete 75% of coursework to be eligible). For more information, see the Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Career Counseling Student Manual (located in the Resources section of this site) or the CRC website.   


The primary mission of ECU's master's program in Rehabilitation and Career Counseling is to teach counseling and rehabilitation theories, applied counseling approaches, and clinical skills necessary for professionals to assist individuals with disabilities in achieving their maximum level of physical, psychological, social, educational, vocational, and economic functioning.

Licensure and Certification

Graduates from the Rehabilitation and Career Counseling program are eligible for national certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (see

Additionally, graduates are also eligible for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) by the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors after two years of post-master’s degree, supervised counseling experience (see

Program Quality and Performance

As a means to foster continuing public awareness and confidence in our program, what follows are keys facts pertaining to the program’s quality and performance:

  • In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked our program as one of the best in the nation (see 
  • Our program has maintained national accreditation for over 40 years.
  • Since Fall Semester 2017,  the program had 14 students enrolled.  Of those students, 2 have since graduated, with all other students still on track to complete their degree.
  • 100% of our graduates are employed within six months of graduating.
  • Since October 2012 through July 2017, 17 students completed the CRCC exam, with 15 students passing for an 88% pass rate.  
  • Program faculty engage in a continuous quality improvement process where key student performance indicators are monitored and program changes are implemented based on performance data.

Entrance Requirements

Admission to the Graduate School requires:

  •  a baccalaureate degree an accredited college or university;
  • a minimum score at the 30th percentile or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE: average of verbal and qualitative scores);
  • transcripts showing baccalaureate degree and all other coursework completed at the college or university; and
  • a statement of intent, indicating reasons for seeking a master's degree in Rehabilitation and Career Counseling.

Admission to the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies at the graduate level requires an interview with the Program Director.

Application Procedure

Submission of an application to the Graduate School (available on-line at

Cost & Financial Aid

The cost of completing the program is approximately $17,500. This includes tuition and fees. Financial assistance is available through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid in the form of student loans (

A limited number of Graduate Assistantships are also available. Assistantships start at $15.00 per hour and typically require 10 hours per week of effort. Please contact the program director for more information regarding available positions.

Students can also compete for the Louise O. Burevitch Scholarship and the Jennifer Elizabeth Lambeth Memorial Scholarship. These scholarships award single payments between $500-$1500.

For further information, please contact:

Susan G. Sherman, Ph.D., LPC, CRC, CPM
Director, Graduate Rehabilitation and Career Counseling Program
Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies
College of Allied Health Sciences 4425F Health Sciences Building, Mail Stop 677
East Carolina University Greenville, NC 27834-4354
Telephone 252-744-6294;