Overview

The master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling is designed to prepare rehabilitation counselors to serve persons with disabilities in a variety of work settings.  The rehabilitation counseling program is a 60 hour credit program and is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The curriculum provides both didactic and experiential learning and culminates in a 600 hour internship.

Professional rehabilitation counselors encourage and support persons with disabilities and their families to fully participate in their community by providing individual and group counseling, vocational assessment, case management, advocacy, assistive technology, and consultation services to help meet their personal, social, vocational, psychological, independent living, and quality of life goals. The mission of the Rehabilitation Counselor Education (RCE) distance-based program at the University of Alabama is to prepare professional rehabilitation counselors who will provide quality rehabilitation counseling services for persons with disabilities from diverse backgrounds and their families. In addition to objectives of the Program in Counselor Education, the RCE Program has the following objectives:

  1. To introduce the philosophy and historical tenets of rehabilitation counseling through new literacies of technology and interpersonal communication.
  2. To deliver a 21st century, distance-based curriculum of didactic and clinical experiences that encourages active learning and adheres to the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) standards.
  3. To prepare qualified rehabilitation counselors to work in both public and private settings located in rural and urban communities to facilitate the needs of all persons with disabilities and their families.
  4. To recruit, select, and matriculate rehabilitation counseling graduate students who represent minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities.
  5. To provide our rehabilitation counseling graduate students with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a philosophical orientation and approach reflective of their commitment to meeting the needs of persons with disabilities and their families, as well as employer and community needs.
  6. To foster our university’s mission in advancing the intellectual and social condition of the people by communicating to our rehabilitation graduate counseling students the need for advocacy, community integration, and social responsibility.
  7. To prepare our rehabilitation counseling graduate students to become ethical rehabilitation counselors by understanding and following the Code of Professional Ethics for rehabilitation counselors.
  8. To promote the involvement of our rehabilitation counseling graduate students in rehabilitation counseling professional associations (e.g., National Rehabilitation Association, National Rehabilitation Counseling Association, American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, National Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Association) to enhance awareness of professional issues and service that are important to the growth of our field.

Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher (last 60 hours of undergraduate study)
  • A score of 300 or higher (verbal and quantitative combined) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a score of 50th percentile or higher on the Miller Analogies Test  (MAT)

Application Process

Admission to the RCE program can either be unconditional or Conditional

Unconditional Admission 

Unconditional admission to the RCE program involves the following elements:

  • A completed graduate application (apply at the following website: http://graduate.ua.edu)
  • A statement of goals and purpose in seeking graduate training (to be submitted to the Graduate School when completing the graduate application)
  • One Copy of official transcripts from other academic study (to be submitted to the Graduate School)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to your potential for success in graduate school. Letters of recommendation should be uploaded through Graduate School Online Application.
  •  Virtual live interview with faculty
    • Dates and times of interviews will be determined
  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher (last 60 hours of undergraduate study)
  • A score of 300 or higher (verbal and quantitative combined) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a score of 50th percentile or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

Conditional Admission 

You may be eligible to be considered for conditional admission if you do not fully meet the GPA or admission test score requirements. A decision to admit you conditionally into the RCE program will be based upon a number of factors including the combination of your GPA and admission test scores, your goals, previous work experience and virtual live interview with faculty. Students admitted conditionally into the RCE program will be considered for unconditional status if they maintain a “B” average during their first 12 hours of study.

Admission Deadlines 

Admission Deadlines 

Using the rolling admission procedures, admissions decisions are made each semester. Priority is given to prospective students whose applications are reviewed in November and April. Admission decisions may be made in the summer if openings remain after April admission decisions have been completed. Please attend to the following priority dates to allow adequate time for your application to be reviewed:

  • October 15: Priority deadline for all application materials to be received to be considered for spring admission
  • March 15: Priority deadline for all application materials to be received to be considered for summer or fall admission
  • May 15: Priority deadline for all application materials to be considered for fall admission (only applies if openings remain available after April admission decisions are made).

Program Requirements

The Rehabilitation Counselor Education program is an on-line program. Similar to all Counselor Education Master’s degree programs, RCE students have a planned program of study. The plan follows the appropriate requirements for accreditation in Rehabilitation Counseling. Once an academic advisor has been assigned for your program of study, you should make an appointment to discuss your preferences and career aspirations. Some rehabilitation courses are offered as synchronous courses and will require weekly participation via live virtual classroom.

Cost of Attendance and Other Public Information

  • Cost of attendance as of spring 2016: $330.00 per credit hour
  • RSA Funding: No
  • Scholarship Support: Students may apply for scholarships through the College of Continuing Studies at bamabydistance.ua.edu. A limited number of Graduate Assistantships are also provided by the program.
  • Retention Rate: > 91%
  • Transfer of credit: Up to 12 hours of appropriate credit (semester system) may be transferred from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

Current students (Spring 2017)

  •  Number of student enrolled- 37
  •  Full-time students-21
  •  Part-time students-16
  •  Non-Caucasian students-7
  • Non-Caucasian students-7
  •  Students with disabilities-9
  •  Female students-35
  •  Male students 2
  • Our current students represent geographical diversity. The majority (>50%) live outside of Alabama and represent among others states: Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Mississippi, and Missouri

Program Graduates (Summer 2016-Spring 2017)

  •  Number of Graduates 14

Work settings of Graduates (Summer 2016-Spring 2017

  •  State/Federal VR Agency-2
  •  Non-profit rehabilitation agency-4
  •  Federal agency serving veterans 1
  •  Private for profit agency-2
  •  Mental Health agency-2
  •  Substance Abuse agency-1
  •  Completing an advanced degree-2

CRC pass rate (not all graduates take the national certification exam, CRC). Summer 2012 to Spring 2017 sixteen graduates took the exam and 15 passed, 94% pass rate.