REHABILITATION COUNSELING MASTERS PROGRAM
The primary focus of preparing for a career in Rehabilitation Counseling is on learning theories and techniques and their application; becoming an expert on disability and employment; and gaining awareness and sensitivity regarding people with disabilities. Another important component is gaining knowledge of employment law.
You can meet these requirements at WVU. Graduates of our program are awarded a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.
The courses meet the requirements set forth by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), which accredits our program. The program of study includes 51 credit hours of coursework, including 11 didactic courses; a practicum (150 hours); and an internship (600 hours) in the final semester. During the final semester, students must take and pass an in-house comprehensive examination or the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC and www.crccertification.com) exam.
We also offer additional electives to meet your educational needs for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC). They are offered on campus and in the e-campus program. To make sure you are preparing appropriately, visit your state’s expectations for LPCs on ACA’s Licensure & Certification – State Professional Counselor Licensure Boards
On-campus students apply for fall admission. Our traditional classroom program is located in Allen Hall on WVU’s Evansdale campus. On-campus students in Rehabilitation Counseling also take some coursework online with their e-campus counterparts.
Note: out of state students taking e-campus courses pay in state tuition rates!
The Rehabilitation Counseling program consists of 51 required semester hours of coursework. The typical breakdown is 12 to 15 hours in the fall semester of Year One, 12 to15 hours in the spring semester of Year One, 12 to15 hours in the fall semester of Year Two (including practicum), and 12 hours of internship in the spring semester of Year Two.
E-campus students apply for fall admission. Coursework is delivered through the eCampus platform. Students must attend a one-day orientation session during the first week of class. This session focuses on how to use eCampus, services available through the WVU library, and obtaining textbooks through the WVU bookstore.
At least two required courses are offered each semester. A student who follows the schedule can graduate in two years (pending appropriate progress). Two courses per semester are condensed and delivered in an eight-week format, scheduled sequentially. A third is delivered across the entire 16 weeks of the semester.
Students also must attend on-site sessions in Morgantown. An intensive, one-week session during the first summer addresses skill-building requirements of Counseling Theories and Techniques I & II. We also require attendance over four days at an internship seminar and Group Counseling Theories and Techniques course in your last semester.
We offer an elective course each semester. Electives help students meet the program’s elective requirement, reach the 60+ hours of graduate study required by some state licensure boards, and/or pursue certification as a vocational evaluator.
Check out what employers and graduates have to say about learning in our e-campus program …listen and you will be sold!
WVU offers nearly 30 degrees through Extended Learning, our distance education system. Students are provided an on campus orientation session to all the services available to them. The session focuses on how to use the e-campus platform, electronic services available through the library at WVU, and obtaining textbooks through the WVU bookstore. These resources are extensive and continue to make the e-campus method of student as rigorous as a traditional classroom. For example, our library has opened a new integration of library services into the eCampus environment. There is a link for students on the side navigation that reads “Library Research” which is a starting place for their research and to utilize some of the many resources the Libraries offer. These include millions of full text scholarly articles in the over 40,000 electronic journals. The link takes the student to a page within the eCampus environment customized for student researchers.West Virginia University ranks number one on GetEducated.com’s Best Buy list for their distance master’s in rehabilitation counseling. State residents will pay a remarkably low rate while non-residents … will now pay in-state rates for the e-campus program thanks to the Southern Regional Electronic Board!