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College of Allied Health Sciences
Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies


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MS Degree, REHABILITATION AND CAREER COUNSELING

Admission Requirements

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, formerly Rehabilitation Counseling. The first class of students graduated in 1969. The Rehabilitation and Career Counseling program was one of the first Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) accredited programs in 1974. The Department has maintained CORE accreditation since that date.

General Information for Public Disclosure (CORE Standard A.5)

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 achieve their maximum level of physical, psychological, social, educational, vocational, and economic functioning.

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.

  • The program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). The standards set forth by CORE can be found at http://www.core-rehab.org/
  • From 2012-2015 we have had 37 students enrolled and 17 students graduate from the Rehabilitation and Career Counseling program.
  • On average, students complete the program within 2 years.
  • The cost of completing the program is approximately $17,500. This includes tuition and fees.
  • Students can also compete for the Louise O. Burevitch Scholarship and the Jennifer Elizabeth Lambeth Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships award single payments between $500-$1500.
  • 100% of our graduates are employed within six months of graduating.
  • Employment locations include, but are not limited to, state vocational rehabilitation, Veterans Administration and military installations, community based treatment programs (both non- and for-profit), private practice, mental health facilities, and substance abuse treatment programs.   
  • Graduates from our program are eligible for North Carolina licensure as a Professional Counselor by the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (see http://www.ncblpc.org/) and for national certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (see https://www.crccertification.com/).
  • On average, over 90% of our students pass a comprehensive exam during their second year in the program. This exam serves as capstone exam to measure students’ learning across the program.
  • Program faculty engage in a continuous quality improvement process where key student performance indicators are monitored and program changes implemented based on performance data. 
  • Students can compete for a limited number of Graduate Assistantships. Assistantships start at $15.00 per hour and typically require 10 hours per week of effort. 
Rehabilitation Counselors: A Unique Specialization

Rehabilitation counselors are the only professional counselors educated and trained at the graduate level specifically to serve individuals with disabilities.

Through a comprehensive and unique counseling process, rehabilitation counselors help individuals with disabilities set and achieve their personal, career, and independent living goals. They are the bridge between the person with a disability and self-sufficiency, helping the individual to live on their own, which typically includes securing, or returning to, productive, meaningful work. Rehabilitation counseling embodies highly specialized training and a unique counseling philosophy, and spans many areas of specialty, all of which set it apart from all other counseling professions.

Scope of Practice

Rehabilitation counselors provide individual and group counseling, vocational assessment, case management, job placement, and consultation services to persons with physical, mental, emotional, developmental, and cognitive disabilities. The rehabilitation counseling profession is founded on humanistic values and beliefs that facilitate therapeutic interventions using a holistic approach.

Unique, Specialized Training (CRCC website, 2016)
  • Understands the medical and psychosocial aspects of various disabilities and disabling conditions.
  • Develops and maintains knowledge of assistive technology.
  • Develops and maintains knowledge of employment laws.
  • Provides skilled service delivery through a case management process.
  • Assesses an individual's abilities and strengths to facilitate a return to work.
Philosophy and Counseling Approach (CRCC website, 2016)
  • Values the relationship between the counselor and the individual with a disability.
  • Values the rights of individuals with disabilities to live independent, integrated lives.
  • Considers education and advocacy to be an essential part of the job.
  • Strongly commits to the concepts of holistic counseling, full inclusion, and empowerment.
Mission

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 achieve their maximum level of physical, psychological, social, educational, vocational, and economic functioning.

The Master of Science (MS) in Rehabilitation and Career Counseling program builds a strong foundation in practicing collaborative leadership skills, develop flexible and positive views of the future, and identify and build on existing strengths, opportunities, and resources to engage in the community and enact positive change.

Standards of Practice for Rehabilitation Counselors (CRCC Website, 2016)


Rehabilitation Counseling follows a biopsychosocial model following an integrated program of medical, physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and vocational interventions that empowers persons with to achieve an optimal level of overall functioning. The profession itself is founded on humanistic values and the belief that each person is a unique individual.

Rehabilitation counselors facilitate counseling and vocational assessment strategies with their clients/consumers that cultivate independence, personally fulfilling, socially-emotionally meaningful, and functionally effective interactions within their environment. The general goals within the rehabilitation counseling process are to facilitate independence, vocational, and psychosocial adjustment for persons with disabilities.

The field of rehabilitation counseling has a promising future that offers employment in a variety of settings including, but are not limited to: state vocational rehabilitation programs, private for profit rehabilitation agencies, community-based rehabilitation centers, Veterans Administration and military installations, hospital-based rehabilitation units, independent living and residential treatment facilities, psychiatric, mental health programs, as well as a variety of case management settings.

Licensure and Certification

Graduates from the Rehabilitation and Career Counseling program are eligible for North Carolina licensure as a Professional Counselor by the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (see http://www.ncblpc.org/) and for national certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (see https://www.crccertification.com/).

Work Settings and Compensation

The 2014 American Counseling Association (ACA) Counselor Compensation Study shows Rehabilitation Counselor's work settings, as well as compensation compared to other counseling specialties:

Work settings & compensation table

Entrance Requirements

  • Admission to the Graduate School requires:
  • A baccalaureate degree from 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.
  • Statement of intent, indicating reasons for seeking a master's degree in Rehabilitation and Career Counseling.

Application Procedure

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, NC27834-4354
Telephone 252-744-6294;shermans15@ecu.edu