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Our Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Rehabilitation has a strong focus on real-world experience. In addition to working with clients, you'll also complete an internship, receive specialized training in a variety of areas of clinical rehabilitation and complete research.

The 60 credit hour curriculum includes thirteen (13) required courses, three (3) clinical rehabilitation specialization courses, a practicum, an internship, and one (1) elective. The program also includes a comprehensive assessment in the semester in which a student intends to graduate. Students are required to receive a passing grade on the comprehensive assessment.

Required Courses (39 hours)

Course Number Course Name
EDCE 510 Introduction to Counseling
RCON 605 Multiculturalism in Helping Professions 
EDPY 705 Human Growth & Development
RCON 725 Career Theories and the World of Work
RCON 601 Helping relationships: Fundamentals of Counseling Practice
RCON 711 Theories and Techniques of Counseling
RCON 720 Group Counseling
RCON 714 Assessment in Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation
RCON 702 Research and Program Evaluation in Counseling
RCON 704 Issues and Ethics in Clinical Rehab Counseling 
NPSY 757 Psychopathology for Counselors
NPSY 758 Classification & Assessment of Mental Disorders
NPSY 760 Addictions Counseling and Rehabilitation

Specialization Courses (9 credit hours)

Course Number Course Name
RCON 700 Foundations of Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
RCON 733 Psychosocial and Medical Aspects of Clinical Rehabilitation
RCON 734 Professional Issues in Clinical Rehabilitation (Case Management, Life Care Planning, Forensic Rehab)

Field Experience (9 credit hours)

Course Number Course Name
RCON 880 Counseling Practicum  (3 credits, 150 hours)
RCON 883 Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Internship (6 credits, 600 hours)

Electives (3 credit hours)

Students take one elective. A partial listing of electives includes:

Course Number Course Name
RHAB 540 Assistive and Adaptive Technology
NPSY 763 LGBT Issues in Counseling and Rehabilitation
NPSY 761 Dual Diagnosis


During your last semester, you'll complete a full-time, 600-hour internship in a state agency, community program or private organization. You can also arrange for an out-of-state internship. In special cases, you can complete a part-time internship over the course of two semester. During your internship, you'll develop and enhance your skills within the context of a real practice setting, which will help ensure you'll be able to fulfill your professional duties after graduation. 

Student Involvement

Students may individualize their professional preparation by electing to participate in a wide range of counseling and rehabilitation activities that occur in the Counseling and Rehabilitation and Assessment Center or by working with faculty members on rehabilitation research projects.  We also encourage all students to become involved in professional counseling organizations such as the American Counseling Association and the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association

Become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national exam that leads to the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential. Graduates are also eligible to take either the National Counselor Examination (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) that leads to the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in South Carolina.

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