Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling
(CORE Accredited)

The University of Northern Colorado in Greeley offers a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling that is structured with a combined online and weekend or evening class format. Experience this intensive learning environment that includes supervised practicum and internship hours. You will actively participate in your learning, and work closely with faculty and students in a small class setting. Our faculty are experienced, and committed to your development as a Rehabilitation Counselor. Upon graduation, you are eligible to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor since our program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education, and graduates are also eligible for licensure as a professional counselor. Rehabilitation Counselors are highly recruited regionally and nationally.

Goal

The goal of the Rehabilitation Counseling Master's Degree Program at the University of Northern Colorado is to provide graduate students with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to function as rehabilitation counseling professionals.

Mission

Therefore, the mission of the program is to educate master's students in the area of Rehabilitation Counseling to assist and support individuals with disabilities or chronic illnesses to achieve maximum potential, meaningful employment, and full community integration. In doing so, the program focuses on encouraging students to pursue a life-long commitment to learning, critical thinking skills, creative problem solving, and an appreciation of the skills and abilities of individuals with disabilities.

Program Objectives

  1. Students will develop an appreciation for cultural diversity and political values.
  2. Students will develop life-long habits of scholarship and service.
  3. Students will acquire knowledge and skills that prepare them for careers in Rehabilitation Counseling, Vocational Evaluation, and/or advanced scholarly work.
  4. Students will master methods of inquiry to acquire deeper understanding of their discipline.
  5. The professional service activities of students will be a resource to the community, state, region and nation.
  6. The professional activity of faculty, staff and students extends beyond the boundaries of Colorado, to the region, the nation, and the world.
  7. All students who graduate will be eligible to earn the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) designation.
  8. All students who graduate will be prepared to enter the professional Rehabilitation Counseling field in public and/or private rehabilitation programs.

Program Outcomes

The Master’s Degree Program in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Northern Colorado is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) through 2020 and the program has been fully accredited since 1976. The program has a goal of admitting 10-12 students in each graduate cohort. The program uses a rolling admissions process, and applications are reviewed as they are received. Student outcomes are evaluated each year on a variety of different metrics that are part of the overall program evaluation.

Currently, the graduate program has a total of 24 students. The program has three full-time tenured faculty members who teach the CORE accredited curriculum. The instructor to student ratio is 1:8. The average instructor rating for rehabilitation counseling courses for the 2012-2013 academic year is 4.5 on a five point scale. The current grade point average of the students in the program is 3.8.

For the 2012-2013 academic year, a total of 8 students graduated from the program. One hundred percent of students passed their clinical coursework. During the same 2012-2013 academic year, 90% of graduates passed the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam and 100% of the graduates are employed following completion of the program. Over a three year academic period (2010-2013), an 85% retention rate and a 100% employment rate were achieved. Students completed the program in an average of 2.5 years. Cost of attendance is approximately $29,000 for residents and $61,000 for non-residents.

Thirty-five percent of the current students are from underrepresented groups, including people with disabilities. The program has one RSA long-term training grant that generates $142,975 each year in student support in the form of tuition and scholarships.

Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies exam accepts the CORE curriculum for licensure requirements, and as a result, all students are eligible for licensure as a Professional Counselor. An additional written examination is required for all applicants to become licensed in the state of Colorado.

Students will receive an annual assessment from program faculty in the areas of academic progress, personal development, attitudes, writing/communication skills, and ethical behavior. Students will receive thorough feedback in each area, and remediation plans will be created as needed. Assessments will be conducted more frequently if a student is not meeting the requirements of the Graduate School.

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