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Are you interested in being a teacher, administrator, or clinician for treatment programs in the state and beyond? Do you want the freedom to choose the area of focus that most interests you?

The Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies of East Carolina University offers a PhD degree program in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration to provide the student with the opportunity to specialize in an area including substance and clinical counseling, vocational evaluation, rehabilitation research, or an area of focus chosen by the candidate and approved by the program director.

The program is designed to meet two basic needs: doctoral-level faculty for rehabilitation counseling and substance-abuse programs in North Carolina and nationwide, and doctoral-level administrators and clinicians for rehabilitation counseling and substance-abuse treatment programs.

Financial support is available for doctoral students in the form of graduate assistantships, teaching assistantships, graduate stipends, and doctoral student stipends and financial assistance packages. The program curriculum is designed to provide aindividualized program of study for each doctoral student.

ECU Advantage

The faculty of the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies at ECU has the expertise and national reputation on each of the specialized areas in order to prepare doctoral students to become leaders in the higher education and applied service delivery fields. The Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies has a culturally and disability diversified faculty as mentors and role models to provide a very positive and enriching learning experience for its students. The emphasis on leadership development within ECU has distinguished our graduates as leaders for our state and nation.

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 healthcare continues to be a priority for our citizens.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Stephen Leierer (4425-C Health Sciences Building; 252-744-6298; leierers@ecu.edu)

The PhD in rehabilitation counseling and administration is designed to prepare higher education faculty in rehabilitation counseling and related fields, and/or administrators in rehabilitation, substance abuse, mental health and related health care programs. The program prepares advanced clinical professionals for rehabilitation, mental health and substance abuse counseling in clinical settings as well. Students select a concentration in rehabilitation and clinical counseling or rehabilitation administration. All students are required to fulfill a one year residency requirement and complete a dissertation under supervision of a faculty advisor.

Admission

Admission to study at the doctoral level requires acceptance by the Graduate School and the department. Department faculty will make a comprehensive review of the each applicant's qualifications. The following criteria will be considered collectively for admission to the program:

    Curriculum
      The concentration in rehabilitation and clinical counseling requires a minimum of 61 s.h. Required courses include
      • BIOS 7021 - Biostatistics for Health Professionals I
      • BIOS 7022 - Biostatistics for Health Professionals II
      • 3 s.h. of an advanced statistics course approved by the program director
      • ADRE 7340 - Advanced Clinical Counseling Theories and Techniques
      • ADRE 7601 - Rehabilitation Administration and Leadership
      • ADRE 8050 - Ethical and Legal Issues in Counselor Education and Supervision
      • ADRE 8210 - Advanced Pedagogy in Rehabilitation Counseling
      • ADRE 8360 - Advanced Practicum
      • ADRE 8380 - Rehabilitation Counseling Supervision
      • ADRE 8420 - Advanced Assessment and Evaluation
      • ADRE 8550 - Advanced Research in Rehabilitation
      • ADRE 8810 - Doctoral Seminar in Rehabilitation Counseling (4 s.h.)
      • ADRE 8991 - Advanced Internship
      • ADRE 8992 - Advanced Internship
      • ADRE 8993 - Advanced Internship
      • ADRE 8994 - Advanced Internship
      • ADRE 9000 - Dissertation ** (12 s.h. minimum)
      • Note:

        Students may also elect a specialty area from the list below.

          1. Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling includes 12 s.h. from
          • ADRE 6330 - Clinical and Addictions Counseling
          • ADRE 6703 - Foundations of Addictions and Clinical Counseling
          • ADRE 8710 - Substance Abuse Seminar
          • an elective approved by the program director.
          2. Vocational Evaluation includes 12 s.h. from
          • ADRE 7404 - Resource Development in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration
          • ADRE 8410 - Seminar in Vocational Evaluation Systems Design
          3. Rehabilitation Research includes 12 s.h. from
          • BIOS 5010 - Epidemiology for Health Professionals
          • BIOS 7501 - Experimental Design
          • BIOS 7560 - Nonparametric Statistical Methods
          • other electives in advanced statistics or research approved by the program director.
          4. Specialty area to include 12 s.h. chosen by the candidate and approved by the program director.
          The concentration in rehabilitation administration requires a minimum of 58 s.h. Required courses include
          • BIOS 7021 - Biostatistics for Health Professionals I
          • BIOS 7022 - Biostatistics for Health Professionals II
          • 6 s.h. of advanced statistics or research approved by the program director
          • ADRE 7601 - Rehabilitation Administration and Leadership
          • ADRE 8050 - Ethical and Legal Issues in Counselor Education and Supervision
          • ADRE 8210 - Advanced Pedagogy in Rehabilitation Counseling
          • ADRE 8420 - Advanced Assessment and Evaluation
          • ADRE 8550 - Advanced Research in Rehabilitation
          • ADRE 8630 - Theory and Design of Rehabilitation Programs
          • ADRE 8810 - Doctoral Seminar in Rehabilitation Counseling (4 s.h.)
          • ADRE 9000 - Dissertation ** (12 s.h. minimum)
          • This concentration also requires

            the completion of a 12 s.h. area of focus selected by the candidate and approved by the program director.

            Note:

            **All students must complete doctoral comprehensive exams specific to their concentration prior to enrolling in ADRE 9000.

            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.

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