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Rehabilitation Counseling


Program Overview

Learn to provide quality counseling services for individuals with disabilities and their families by earning your degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from UA. Rehabilitation counselors encourage and support clients with disabilities and their families as they learn to fully participate in their communities.

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As a rehabilitation counselor you will provide individual and group counseling, vocational assessment, case management, advocacy, and assistive technology and consultation services to help those with disabilities meet personal, social, vocational, psychological, independent living and quality-of-life goals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the field to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, which is much faster than average for all career fields.

While enrolled in this online program, you will enjoy active learning opportunities and a curriculum complete with live class lectures and clinical experiences. Upon graduation you will be prepared to work in public and private settings, rural and urban communities and address a diverse array of needs.

There are funding opportunities available for students who qualify through Project STAR and the Rehabilitation Services Association’s Long-Term Training program.

  • Application Priority DeadlineMay 15 for fall admission; October 15 for spring admission; March 15 for summer admission
  • Fees$10 College of Education graduate fee (per credit hour)
  • AccreditationCouncil for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • PracticumYes
  • Other Program Specifics*Test scores are waived through Fall 2022 semester applications


The MA in Rehabilitation Counseling is a 60-credit-hour program and is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The curriculum provides both didactic and experiential learning and culminates in a 600-clock-hour, for-credit internship.

Please note that courses are subject to change.

Required Courses

  • BCE 512 Counseling Theory and Process
  • BCE 513 Career Development
  • BCE 514 Counseling Skills
  • BCE 517 Professional Issues, Ethics and Advocacy in Counseling
  • BCE 521 Group Procedures
  • BCE 522 Individual and Group Appraisal
  • BCE 533 Special Topics: Work and Disability
  • BCE 540 Orientation to Rehabilitation Counseling
  • BCE 542 Medical and Psychological Aspects of Disabilities
  • BCE 545 Case Management, Vocational Rehabilitation and Placement

  • BCE 611 Multicultural Approach to Counseling
  • BCE 613 Substance Abuse Counseling
  • BER 500 Introduction to Education Research
  • BER 540 Statistical Methods in Education
  • BEP 550 Life Span Development
  • BSP 660 Psychopathology
  • BCE 546 Practicum in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • BCE 547 Internship in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Adviser-approved elective

This program requires an internship and practicum/field placement. The 6 hours of internship credit are earned for completion of 600 clock hours, and the 3 hours of practicum/field placement credit are earned with 100 hours of experience. It is the student’s responsibility to secure a site for the field placement.


Admission to the MA program requires the following:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or 3.0 average for the last 60 hours in a degree program, or a 3.0 or higher in a completed graduate degree program
  • Minimum score of 300 on the GRE or 50th percentile on the MAT*
  • Online interview with faculty

*Test scores are waived through Fall 2022 semester applications.

**Applicants may be considered for conditional admission if their GPA is lower than 3.0 or their GRE score is lower than 300; however, each applicant must submit a GRE score with the application. If admitted, permission to continue is granted at the end of the first 12 hours of graduate credit by earning a minimum GPA of 3.0.

A completed application includes unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, official test scores, and a Graduate School application.

After initial review of application materials, promising applicants will be invited for an interview with program faculty. Admission decisions take into consideration both application materials and performance during the interview.

Priority application deadlines:

  • October 15 – spring admission
  • March 15 – summer admission
  • May 15 – fall admission

If you reside or intend to seek professional licensure outside of the state of Alabama, please review the requirements for that state prior to applying to this program.

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