Division of Counseling and Rehabilitation Science - M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling Working Professionals Program (next cohort 2013)
The Working Professionals M.S. Program in Rehabilitation Counseling, accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), is specifically designed for people who have had at least one year of work experience and are currently working and providing direct services in the field of Rehabilitation. The 48 credit hour Working Professionals Program is a master's of science program designed specifically for professionals working with persons with chronic illness and disability. The program is designed so students can graduate in two-years while maintaining full-time employment. The typical IIT students has a desire to learn more about state-of-the-art research and evidence-based practices in rehabilitation counseling.
Licensure and Certification
Licensure and certification are important for working professionals and their career advancement. As an IIT Rehabilitation Counseling graduate, you will be eligible to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), a distinguished certification recognized nationwide. You will also be eligible to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and with work experience a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Illinois. Illinois accepts the CRC examination as a qualifying professional counselor licensure exam.
Ranked 9th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2011, IIT's Rehabilitation Counseling program will prepare you for a career in Rehabilitation Counseling practice. We offer our students extensive clinical and research opportunities, and the ability to grow and mature both individually and professionally.
Mission and Objectives
The mission of the Division of Counseling and Rehabilitation Science is to prepare counselors who perform a vital role in the vocational, educational and personal adjustment of persons with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. The Rehabilitation Counseling Program prepares prospective rehabilitation counselors for employment in numerous settings including state-federal rehabilitation agencies, private rehabilitation services, hospitals, correctional institutions, public schools, rehabilitation centers, social service agencies, and other organizations serving persons with chronic illness and disabilities. It also provides advanced training for persons presently employed in agencies and facilities offering services to persons with disabilities.
There are two related objectives which are primary to the training program mission:
1. To train individuals in knowledge most relevant to the practice of rehabilitation counseling: counseling and evaluation skills, rehabilitation theory and research methodology; knowledge about occupations and job demands; medical and psychosocial aspects of disability; case management skills utilizing community resources and multi disciplinary approach.
2. To develop mature, capable professionals who are able to relate constructively to clients, to understand normal and deviant behavior, demonstrate therapeutic interpersonal skills, and to facilitate the client's development of problem solving skills.
Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree and have an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0/4.0. Applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA will be evaluated on an individual basis.
I would like to study for the degree but I still want to keep my job. Is this possible?
Yes, the Working Professionals Program allows student to complete the degree program within two years while maintaining employment. The faculty at IIT will make every effort to help you achieve your academic goals.
How would it work? I don't want to be in one of those distance learning programs which do not allow me to interact with other students and faculty. Is the Working Professionals Program different from typical distance learning programs?
The Working Professionals Program takes into consideration students' work schedules by providing online and evening classes. The Working Professionals Program is different from typical distance learning programs because we believe certain skill sets, such as counseling techniques and research methods, can be obtained only by engaging in group activities and direct contact with faculty. Therefore, the Working Professionals Program offers face-to-face evening classes and summer weekend classes where you will benefit from direct interaction with faculty and other students with little to no impact on your work schedule. The Working Professionals Program is a 48 credit-hour program which meets eligibility criteria to obtain certification as a CRC.
Am I eligible for financial aid?
The typical course load is 9 credit hours per semester which will allow you to be considered a full-time student. Therefore, you will be eligible for financial aid.
As an IIT rehabilitation counseling student, you will have the opportunity to network with over 40 years of alumni who have enjoyed IIT's rich history of training rehabilitation counselors. You will learn from and work with outstanding faculty who are leaders in the field. We continue to be ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top Rehabilitation Counseling graduate programs in the country and are currently ranked thirteenth in the nation. As an IIT student, you will graduate with the confidence of graduating from a top-tier university.
IIT has scholarship packages to pay for tuition, books and supplies that are supported by the United States Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). Scholarships range in amount and are based on student disability status, need, and academic performance.
I have more questions. Who do I contact?
Please contact Dr. Frank Lane via email at email@example.com.
Can I contact a current student or graduate from the program?
Yes, please contact Dr. Frank Lane.
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