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,
The standards set forth by CACREP can be
found at http://www.cacrep.org/
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.
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
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 https://www.crccertification.com/).
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 http://www.ncblpc.org/).
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:
Admission to the Graduate School
Admission to the
Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies at the graduate level
requires an interview with the Program Director.
Submission of an application to the Graduate School (available on-line at www.ecu.edu/gradschool).
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 (http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/financial/).
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
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; firstname.lastname@example.org