Do you want to help people master the challenges of life? Are you interested in encouraging others to make positive changes in their lives?

Rehabilitation and career counselors are trained and committed to providing the help and support to master the challenges of life. With this degree, you will be able to help people maximize their potential and make life changes for the better. As a rehabilitation counselor, you will help people cope with personal and social accidents, or the stress of daily life. Rehabilitation counselors work toward increasing a person's capacity to live independently.

Clinical counselors help people who have mental health concerns such as mood disorders (depression, bipolar), thought disorders (schizophrenia) and situational life issues (family, relational, or vocational). As a clinical counselor, you would work toward increasing a person's coping skills, self-efficacy, and self-esteem. Career counselors help people make career decisions. They evaluate a person's abilities, interests and talents, to develop realistic career goals.

If you are interested in the fields of rehabilitation and mental health, you should explore these fields in greater depth prior to enrolling in any master's program.

ECU Advantage

The College of Allied Health Sciences is the largest university-based allied-health provider in the state of North Carolina. The college has eight departments, Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies, Biostatistics, Clinical Laboratory Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Health Services and Information Management, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies, and offers degrees on the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

Delivering a comprehensive professional education that will prepare allied-health graduates to make a difference in the health of the region, state, and nation was the primary reason for the creation of the College of Allied Health Sciences and its departments. Fueled by the growth and aging of our population, the demand for these highly skilled specialists is expected to greatly increase as health care continues to be a priority for our citizens.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Susan Sherman (4425-F Health Sciences Building; 252-744-6294; shermans15@ecu.edu)

The master of science in rehabilitation and career counseling is a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited program. Through a comprehensive and unique counseling process, rehabilitation counselors help individuals with disabilities set and achieve their personal, career, and independent living goals. Rehabilitation counselors are the bridge between the person with a disability and self-sufficiency, helping individuals to live on their own, which typically includes securing, or returning to, productive, meaningful work.  Rehabilitation counselors work in a variety of setting including business/industry, state/federal agencies, insurance companies, hospitals, universities and K-12 schools, among other practice settings.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the certified rehabilitation counselor certificate (CRC) and for licensure as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in North Carolina after two years of post-master's degree, supervised counseling experience.

The program requires 62 s.h. as follows:

Required courses - 56 s.h.
  • ADRE 6000 - Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
  • ADRE 6010 - Introduction to Clinical, Addictions, and Rehabilitation Counseling
  • ADRE 6050 - Ethical and Legal Aspects in Clinical, Addictions, and Rehabilitation Counseling
  • ADRE 6100 - Occupational Analysis and Career Counseling
  • ADRE 6250 - Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders
  • ADRE 6300 - Clinical, Addictions, and Rehabilitation Counseling Theories
  • ADRE 6310 - Prepracticum in Clinical, Addictions, and Rehabilitation Counseling
  • ADRE 6340 - Human Growth and Development in Clinical, Addictions and Rehabilitation Counseling
  • ADRE 6350 - Clinical, Addictions, and Rehabilitation Group Counseling
  • ADRE 6351 - Personal Growth Group Lab
  • ADRE 6360 - Practicum in Clinical, Addictions, and Rehabilitation Counseling
  • ADRE 6361 - Practicum in Clinical, Addictions, and Rehabilitation Counseling Lab
  • ADRE 6370 - Multicultural Issues in Clinical, Addictions, and Rehabilitation Counseling
  • ADRE 6380 - Career Counseling in Clinical, Addictions, and Rehabilitation Counseling
  • ADRE 6401 - Assessment in Clinical, Addictions, and Rehabilitation Counseling
  • ADRE 6550 - Research in Clinical, Addictions, and Rehabilitation Counseling
  • ADRE 6991 - Internship in Clinical, Addictions, and Rehabilitation Counseling *
  • Note:

    *The internship (ADRE 6991) must be repeated for a minimum of 12 s.h.

    Approved elective courses - 6 s.h.

    (Choose 6 s.h. from the following.)

    • ADRE 6375 - Military and Trauma Counseling
    • ADRE 6400 - Introduction to Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment
    • ADRE 6703 - Foundations of Addictions and Clinical Counseling
    • Other electives approved by program director
    For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

    Careers With This Degree

    Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

    • Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor
    • Health and Human Services
    • Rehabilitation Counselors
    • Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
    • Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

    Career Opportunities

    ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

    NC Tower

    This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

    • Self-employed;
    • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
    • Work outside of North Carolina.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

    This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

    Degree-specific internships

    For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.