Rehabilitation Counseling, MS

DalginSince 1965, The University of Scranton Rehabilitation Counseling program has been preparing students to work in the wide field of rehabilitation counseling.

For over 50 years, we have been working to educate and train students for careers in a variety of counseling settings. Our primary goal is to acquire and apply the specialized knowledge, skills, attitudes and values needed to collaborate in a professional relationship with people who have disabilities to achieve their personal, social, psychological, and vocational goals.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

The priority application deadline for admission into the following fall term is November 15 and the regular application deadline is March 1. Applications received after March 1 may be considered at the Program Director’s discretion.

Students falling below a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale may be required to submit other evidence of their ability to successfully complete a graduate program, such as grades in other graduate-level courses, a record of progressively higher work responsibilities, or scores from the Miller Analogies Test or Graduate Record Examination. 

Applicants are expected to have completed a course in each of the following areas: Introduction to Statistics (Descriptive Statistics or Basic Inferential Statistics), Introduction to Theories of Personality, Counseling or Psychotherapy and Lifespan Development (Developmental Psychology, Adulthood, Adolescence, Childhood, Growth and Development).

Personal interviews with program faculty members prior to acceptance are required. Rehabilitation Counseling applicants participate in a group interview. All interviews are scheduled by program faculty shortly after the application deadline. Program Directors review applications and pay particular attention to each applicant’s ability to address program specific professional goals and professional identity in the statement of intentions.

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Curriculum

The Rehabilitation Counseling Program is currently a nationally CACREP accredited,  48 credit curriculum, leading to the Master of Science degree. The curriculum is currently under revision and will be moving to a 60 credit program in the near future. Student wishing to complete 60 credits may do so prior to graduation or return after graduation for a 12-credit post-graduate certificate.

The current curriculum includes 39 required credits which entails 33 credits of coursework in principles and practices of rehabilitation counseling, three credits of practicum (100 hours of supervised counseling experience) and three credits of internship (600 hours of supervised field experience).  Nine credits of specific electives are offered to provide students with opportunities for additional study in addiction, family and psychiatric rehabilitation.

For additional information on the curriculum, please visit the Graduate Course Catalog.

    Why Choose Scranton?

    Nationally Ranked

    US News & World Report ranked The University of Scranton’s Rehabilitation Counseling Program among the top 25 in the nation.

    Reduced Tuition

    At $757 per credit, the tuition cost for our Counseling programs is among the most competitive in PA and for regionally accredited universities.

    Jesuit Education

    As one of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, The University of Scranton is dedicated to developing the whole person.

    Mission Statement of Rehabilitation Counseling Program

    The Rehabilitation Counseling program prepares students for careers in a variety of counseling settings with the primary goal of acquiring and applying the specialized knowledge, skills, and values that will enable them to effectively assist and support individuals with disabilities throughout the rehabilitation process. The Rehabilitation Program works towards this goal by creating an environment which encourages a commitment to life-long learning, critical thinking, resource development, creative problem solving, the development of a professional network, and appreciation of the skills and abilities of persons with disabilities.

    The Rehabilitation Counseling program prepares rehabilitation counselors and related Rehabilitation Professionals for entry into and/or advancement in counseling-related positions in public and private rehabilitation agencies, organizations, and systems.

    The program offers a learning environment in which the student can acquire the academic competencies of the profession and refine them through supervised practical experience. The program also provides a facilitative process through which the student can increase self-understanding, self-confidence and personal effectiveness.

    Beyond the Classroom

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    Counselor Training Center

    Students work with clients from the University and local community, completing at least 40 hours of direct practicum experience.

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    Graduate Assistantships

    Graduate Assistants receive a stipend as well as tuition scholarships.

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    Graduate Honor Societies

    Eligible students can join Chi Delta Rho, the local chapter of the International Honor Society of Counseling.

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    Already have a Master's degree?

    We offer a post-master's certificate program designed to meet the educational requirements for a licensed professional counselor

    Graduate Outcomes

    Job Placement Rate of the Class of 2016

    100% of the RC graduates from 2016 are working in the field.

    Average National Starting Salary for RC Graduates

    A national survey by the ACA reported an average national salary of $52,000.

    Career Opportunities

    Public vocational rehabilitation, community rehab. agencies, university settings, drug & alcohol counseling, behavioral health, corrections, and many more.

    Accreditation

    The Rehabilitation Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Hence, a graduate of our program meets the educational requirements for being a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania. Additionally, graduates are eligible to sit for the national qualifying examination to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). Students are encouraged to apply to take the examination in the final semester of study. Students who pass the examination are certified upon submitting evidence of successful completion of the degree and internship. Rehabilitation Counseling courses are approved by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) toward certification as well as for certification maintenance credits.

    Combined/Accelerated Degree Option

    Undergraduate Human Services majors with outstanding academic records may be eligible for early admission to the Rehabilitation Counseling graduate program through the Accelerated Baccalaureate/Master's Degree Program. (Other relevant majors may also be considered for admission.)

    Interested students must commit to this program no later than the end of their junior year of academic study, adhere to the time frame for application as outlined in the Graduate Course Catalog, and meet specific admissions criteria. Visit the Accelerated BS/MS Degree website for more information.

    Meet the Program Director

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    Rebecca Spirito Dalgin, Ph.D., C.R.C., C.P.R.P.

    Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate Program Director

    Education

    B.A., Quinnipiac University M.S., Syracuse University Ph.D., Syracuse University

    Contact

    (570) 941- 7819

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