About the Program
The Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling is a sixty-one (61) semester hour program within the Department of Counseling and is fully accredited as a traditional Rehabilitation Counseling program by the nationally recognized Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) for a period of eight years beginning July 2015 through July 2023. The Rehabilitation Counseling program will apply in the future for the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling accreditation under CACREP with the current sixty-one hour curriculum constructed to be evaluated under CACREP 2016 standards.
This program is available as a fully online program only. Some courses are also offered as web hybrid including Fundamentals of Statistics and Measurement. For more information, call: (478) 825-6338; or email email@example.com.
Each graduate must have an academic grade-point average (computed overall graduate work attempted) of at least 3.00 (B average). Students who fall below an overall GPA of 3.00 are placed on probation and sent formal notice that they have two (2) semesters to raise their overall GAP to at least 3.00 or will receive a formal notice of dismissal. In addition, all candidates for graduation must take and pass the Final Written Comprehensive Examination.
The Bond Building computer laboratory is available to enrolled students, as is the Warner Robins Center computer lab. Library facilities are available in the Hubbard Education Building, Warner Robins Center and the main library. For online students, the Galileo System is available on the Desire to Learn platform.
Students may wish to pursue their own research initiatives under the guidance of faculty. However, faculty members and students may, collaboratively, work on research projects. Some of the employment outcomes include ethnic minorities with disabilities, multiculturalism, spirituality, and rehabilitation, and attitudes toward individuals with disabilities.
A limited number of graduate assistantships are offered to qualifying students by the College of Graduate Studies and Extended Education for students who are in the Fort Valley State geographical area. There are other University-level financial assistantships available to qualifying students.
There are scholarship stipends of $1000.00 per semester for the 2018-2019 academic year available for selected interns, and work-study stipends are available for qualified, face-to-face students. Awards are subject to availability, and selection criteria will be applied. Application forms are available at the FVSU Warner Robins Campus or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clubs and Organizations
Students are strongly encouraged to become members of the Graduate Student Association and the Graduate and Professional Student Council. In addition, students are strongly encourage to become members of professional rehabilitation organizations such as the National Rehabilitation Association (NRA), National Rehabilitation Counseling Association (NRCA), National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (NAMRC), American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA), the Association for Persons in Supported Employment (APSE): The Network on Employment, National Commission on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), National Association for Independent Living (NAIL), Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association (VEWAA), and the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP).
Rehabilitation Counselors enjoy increasing employment opportunities in a wide variety of settings, including mental health facilities, group homes, rehabilitation centers, substance abuse treatment centers, independent living centers, correctional facilities, hospitals, high schools, as transitional rehabilitation counselors, universities, as well as private vocational rehabilitation and public vocational rehabilitation programs. For further information concerning career opportunities in the rehabilitation profession, please visit Rehab Careers. To learn more about the outlook of the rehabilitation counseling field, please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
CLRC program graduated 24 students for the 2017-2018 academic year. A survey of recent graduates from the CLRC program indicated the following: (1) 100% of program graduates over the past academic year stated they were well prepared for professional and ethical practice (n=8); and (2) 100% of program graduates over the past academic year stated the knowledge and skills of multicultural issues prepared them well for professional practice (n=7). In relation to the 2017-2108 national certification examination for rehabilitation counselors (CRC), 41% of program graduates passed the CRC exam compared to the national average of 60%. Twenty-three (23) students graduated for the 2017 -2018 academic year. The employment rate for students graduating during the 2017-2018 Academic year was 83%. The three-year graduation rate for students beginning Summer Semester 2015 to current is 51%.
Counselor program is to prepare professional rehabilitation counselors with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes in order to work effectively with individuals who have physical, mental, or emotional disabilities. The goal of the program is to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve, to the fullest capacity, vocational, social, psychological and economic independence, and improved quality of life. The vigor of the program is one of both autonomy and empowerment in which individuals with disabilities exercise the utmost control over their lives.
The graduate training model utilized within the CLRC Program will assist students to acquire a thorough understanding of the medical and psychosocial impact of disability on all areas of the consumer’s life, including vocational and independent living, as well as provide the student with a solid skill and knowledge base in counseling theories and techniques, case management models and procedures, service coordination, career exploration, job development, job placement, and assistive technology. Further, students will become familiar with the historical components and the various legislative and philosophical underpinnings of the Vocational Rehabilitation System. Graduates of the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program are eligible to sit for the national certifying exam in order to obtain the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential. Eligibility also exists to pursue state licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) (with 2 years of experience in the field). For additional information about rehabilitation certification, visit the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification at www.crccertification.com.
The implementation objectives for the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program are as follows:
- To provide a quality curriculum representative of the skills and competencies needed to serve consumers with disabilities in a variety of settings and capacities;
- To provide academic and experiential opportunities in accordance with standards established by Fort Valley State University, departments, and appropriate accrediting and certifying agencies;
- To provide opportunities for students to be interactive with individuals with various types of disabilities;
- To make our program accessible to persons from diverse backgrounds;
- To make the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program more visible at local, state, national, and international levels; and
- To provide quality clinical counseling skills development and ethical training for students.
Tuition and Fees
The M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program is available as a fully online degree. Beginning in 2012, the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program began accepting new students for summer and fall semesters only. The CLRC program is fully online which admits students each year in the fall and summer. Some hybrid courses are offered, but there is no fully face-to-face program available. The cost of completing the program is based on the following: Graduate online tuition rates $219.00 per credit hour with fees of $345.00 per semester.
- Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution (in a related field to meet pre-requisites) and meet the following:
- Completed Graduate Studies Application, paid the application fee.
- Submit two transcripts showing cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 from a regionally accredited institution.
- Submit a personal and professional essay.
- Complete a phone or face-to-face interview.
- Submit a resume containing prior work experience, education, community service, and other relevant experience.
- Submit three reference letters.
- GRE and/or MAT scores may be used in the consideration for admission, but are not required. Undergraduate or graduate courses in research and statistics are not required but are highly recommended.
- The practicum and internship experiences must include working with individuals with a variety of disabilities (i.e., physical; mental);
- The practicum and internship will generally be during the regular workday given that vocational rehabilitation outcomes (e.g. job development and placement) are necessary components of the experiences based on accreditation mandates;
- Students generally cannot use their regular, full-time job for the experiences unless they complete different activities than their usual duties that satisfy the necessary outcomes. Generally, students will find it extremely difficult to work full time in a current position and complete the required hours for their experiential components, especially the internship;
- The Practicum requires 100 hours (40 hours of direct service to consumers), and the Internship requires 600 hours over one semester (240 hours of direct service to consumers), or two semesters of 300 hours (120 hours of direct service to consumers per semester);
- Students must have the appropriate technology to be admitted and take part in program activities. These required technologies include a working mic and webcam. Additionally, students must use a paid proctoring service (e.g., ProctorU) to sit for the Comprehensive Examination;
- Students who wish to sit for state licensure after completing the CLRC program and obtaining their national certification as Rehabilitation Counselors should contact their respective state licensure boards for additional requirements.
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