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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 for each specialty area includes thirteen (13) required courses, three (3) specialized practice area 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 Culture and Disability
EDPY 705
or RCON 680
Human Growth & Development or
Human Development and Disability across the Lifespan
RCON 725 Career Counseling Theories and the World of Work
RCON 601 Helping relationships: Fundamentals of Counseling Practice
RCON 711 Rehabilitation Counseling Theories and Practice
RCON 720 Group Counseling in Rehabilitation Settings
RCON 714 Rehabilitation Assessment
RCON 702 Introduction to Rehabilitation Research and Program Evaluation
RCON 704 Ethics in Rehabilitation Counseling and Helping Relationships
NPSY 757 Psychopathology for Counselors
NPSY 758 Classification & Assessment of Mental Disorders
NPSY 760 Addictions Rehabilitation

Specialization Courses (9 Hours)

Course Number Course Name
RCON 700 Foundations of Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
RCON 733 Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
RCON 734 Professional Issues in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

Field Experience Courses (9 Hours)

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

 Specialization Courses (9 Hours)

Course Number Course Name
RCON 701 Foundations in Addictions and Treatment in Counseling
RCON 712 Addiction and the Family
NPSY 761 Drug Diagnosis

Field Experience Courses (9 Hours)

Course Number Course Name
RCON 880 Practicum in Counseling and Rehabilitation (3 credits, 150 hours)
RCON 884 Internship in Clinical Addiction Counseling (6 credits, 600 hours)

Specialization Courses (9 Hours)

Course Number Course Name
RCON 703 Foundations in Career Counseling
RCON 735 Leadership in Rehabilitation and the Helping and Healthcare Professions
RCON 780 Advanced Career Counseling and the World of Work

Field Experience Courses (9 Hours)

Course Number Course Name
RCON 880 Practicum in Counseling and Rehabilitation (3 credits, 150 hours)
RCON 885 Internship in Career Counseling (6 credits, 600 hours)

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

Course Number Course Name
RHAB 540 Assistive and Adaptive Technology
RHAB 752 Disability and Sexuality
RHAB 753 Rehabilitation and Severe Disability
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, American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC), and the National Career Development Association (NCDA).

Certifications and Licensure

Graduates of the program specializing in clinical rehabilitation counseling are eligible to take the national exam that leads to the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential. Graduates of the Counseling and Rehabilitation program are eligible to 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. The Clinical Addiction Counseling specialty includes coursework required by the state of South Carolina for graduates to be eligible to take the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) Exam or the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC) Exam that lead to the Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) credential in South Carolina.

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