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Our Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Rehabilitation emphasizes practical, real-world application of professional counseling and specialty knowledge and skills. In addition to classroom education, you will have the opportunity to select clinical field-based practicum and internship experiences that align with your individual interests in work as a professional counselor.

Course List

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.

Course Number Course Name
EDCE 510 Introduction to Counseling
RCON 605 Multiculturalism in Helping Professions 
EDPY 705
or RCON 680
Human Growth & Development or
Human Development and Disability across the Lifespan
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
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)
Course Number Course Name
RCON 880 Counseling Practicum  (3 credits, 150 hours)
RCON 883 Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Internship (6 credits, 600 hours)

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

Course Number Course Name
RHAB 540 Assistive and Adaptive Technology
RCON 610 LGBT Issues in Counseling and Rehabilitation
NPSY 761 Dual Diagnosis


Integral to your training, you will complete a 600-hour supervised internship in a state agency, community program, or private organization. This clinical field-based experience can be fulfilled full-time over a single full semester or part-time over two full semesters. In special cases, you can also arrange for an out-of-state internship. Your internship experience will provide you with an opportunity to develop and enhance your skills within the context of a real practice setting to prepare you for the role and responsibilities of an entry-level professional counselor.

Student Involvement

Students may individualize their professional preparation by electing to participate in a wide range of counseling and rehabilitation activities 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.

Certifications and Licensure

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national exam that leads to the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential as well as the national exam for National Certified Counselor (NCC) 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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