Rehabilitation Counseling & Rehabilitation Counselor Education

The Doctoral Program in Rehabilitation Counseling and Counselor Education is designed to prepare culturally competent students to work as counselor educators, researchers, clinicians, and supervisors in academic and non-academic settings. In addition to establishing a core foundation in rehabilitation counseling and research, major emphasis is provided in the area of Trauma and Trauma Informed Care. The primary educational objectives of the program are: a) to increase students’ knowledge of the role and functions of rehabilitation counselor educators, researchers, and counselors, b) to equip students with unique counseling and research skills to provide effective rehabilitation counseling, education, and research within a cultural context, c) to prepare students to obtain content knowledge in cultural diversity, trauma informed care, and additional expertise in specific areas in rehabilitation education, d) to equip students with knowledge, skills, and experiences to increase the body of research addressing diversity, social justice, and disability issues, and e) to prepare students to address professional issues and become leaders and researchers in rehabilitation counselor education and disability research through professional associations, publications, and professional development.

Degree Offered: Ph.D.

Priority Deadline: February 1 (for Fall admission)

Admission Requirements:

  • Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling (CORE), or Counseling (CACREP), or a related profession with overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • GRE Score
  • Two years of work experience preferred
  • Statement of purpose: Describe career goals, research interests and a list of publications, professional and volunteer experience relevant to intended program of study, academic honors and organizations.
  • Three professional letters of recommendation must include letters from professor(s) from Master’s program and from supervisor(s) from professional settings
  • A current resume or curriculum vita
  • Licensure and/or certification documentation
  • Submission of a 10-12 page writing sample
  • Interview: After initial review of all applications, the applicants with greatest potential are also expected to participate in a pre-admission interview with the Counseling faculty. Pre-admission interviews can include: (a) individual interviews, (b) group interaction with observation, and (c) on-site writing sample.

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Contact Information

College of Education
Department of Counseling

Graduate Coordinator: Michael Brooks
Email: mbrooks1@ncat.edu
Phone: (336) 285-4336

Interim Department Chair: Shirlene Smith
Email:
sdsmith@ncat.edu
Phone:
(336) 285-4395

Department Website