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Rehabilitation Counseling - Graduate

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The Graduate Program in Rehabilitation Counseling in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling offers both a Master’s and doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. 

Master's Program Description

The master’s curriculum, in accordance with the guidelines of accreditation and certification organizations in Rehabilitation Counseling, provides for flexible programming in response to individual student needs and interests. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) and fulfills national certification requirements in Rehabilitation Counseling. Program graduates are eligible to sit for the Rehabilitation Counseling Certification (CRCC) Examination, state licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC), and other national and state certifications.

Master's Application Requirements

Rehabilitation Counseling Master's Degree - Application Requirements
CV Upload Required Yes
CV Instructions Please describe prior work experience (including prior employment, volunteer work, military service, etc). Begin with current or most recent position. Be sure to include dates of employment, name of supervisor, and any responsibilities you had that are related to rehabilitation counseling, human services, or working with persons with disabilities. Please also list any honors/awards or other forms of academic/professional recognition and/or memberships (past or present, in professional organizations including dates).
Personal Statement Upload Required Yes
Personal Statement Instructions

Within the personal statement, applicants must include a biographical sketch that addresses the evolution of their professional career, research interests, and their professional goals as they relate to the doctoral program of study. Applicants should also describe how they meet the requirement for a minimum of one year (at least two preferred) of post-Master’s experience in rehabilitation counseling or a closely-related related field, or clearly describe relevant prior related professional and academic experience.

Writing Sample Upload Required No
Writing Sample Instructions N/A
GRE or GMAT GRE
Spring App Deadline December 9
Summer App Deadline December 9
Fall App Deadline July 20
Number of Recommendations 3 Letters of Recommendation
Additional Information The Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) will contact applicants with information related to the interview process.

Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements.

Doctoral Program Description

The Rehabilitation Counseling Doctoral Program offers a Departmental Ph.D. degree with a formal option in Rehabilitation Counseling Education, Research, and Policy. The doctoral program is campus-based (not offered on-line). We have carefully designed our doctoral curriculum to meet the needs of students who are preparing for careers in rehabilitation counselor education, research, and administration. Our students complete advanced doctoral seminars in rehabilitation counseling research, psychosocial aspects of chronic illnesses and disability, rehabilitation counseling theory, professional rehabilitation counseling issues, and rehabilitation administration and policy. In these courses, students explore a wide range of psychosocial, societal, and international perspectives on disability and rehabilitation counseling.

Doctoral Application Requirements

Rehabilitation Counseling Doctoral Degree - Application Requirements
CV Upload Required Yes
CV Instructions The CV or resume must include prior education/degrees, the institutions attended (including years), prior teaching certification and/or other professional certification/licensure (if any), and employment history.
Personal Statement Upload Required Yes
Personal Statement Instructions

Please respond briefly (in no more than a maximum of 2 single-spaced, typewritten pages) to the following questions:

(1) What is your reason for seeking a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling?

(2) What is your perception of the professional qualities, responsibilities, and functions of a rehabilitation counselor?

(3) Briefly elaborate on your future career goals and how graduate education in rehabilitation counseling can help you realize them.

(4) As this program can only accept a limited number of students, why do you feel that your application should be favorably considered?

Writing Sample Upload Required Yes
Writing Sample Instructions Applicants must include a sample of professional academic writing such as a Master’s thesis, published manuscript, or a major paper from previous graduate study.
GRE or GMAT GRE
Spring App Deadline October 1
Summer App Deadline Applications not accepted
Fall App Deadline March 1
Number of Recommendations 3 Letters of Recommendation
Additional Information The Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) will contact applicants with information related to the interview process.

Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements.

Instructions for Doctoral Recommendation Letter Writers

Please upload a letter which rates the applicant as poor, fair, good, excellent, or outstanding on each of the following criteria. Further, please comment in as much detail as possible on the strengths and weaknesses of the above named applicant with respect to these criteria:

(1) professional disposition and fitness for the profession;

(2) self-awareness and emotional stability;

(3) oral and written communication skills;

(4) cultural sensitivity and awareness; and

(5) potential for scholarship, professional leadership, and advocacy.

Admissions Officer Contact Information

Mary Richardson

201C Gillis Building
859-257-4618
mrich6@uky.edu


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