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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Rehabilitation Counseling, MS

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Program Coordinator: Paul Toriello (4425-K Health Sciences Building; 252-744-6297; toriellop@ecu.edu)

The Rehabilitation Counseling, MS is a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited program that generally takes a full-time student two years to complete. Graduates from the program are eligible for national certification as a rehabilitation counselor (CRC) by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. Additionally, graduates are eligible for licensure as a clinical mental health counselor (LCMHC) by the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors after two years of post-master’s degree supervised counseling experience.  

The degree requires 62 s.h. as follows:


*The internship (ADRE 6991) must be repeated for a minimum of 12 s.h.

2. Approved elective courses - 6 s.h.

(Choose 6 s.h. from the following.)

Personal experiential counseling requirements

Students in the clinical counseling and rehabilitation counseling programs are required to participate in personal counseling and experiential activities. These include participation in a small personal growth group, a group counseling course, counseling pre-practicum and practicum courses, and an option of individual personal counseling by the student counseling center or from another mental health professional to meet part of an optional requirement in the counseling practicum course. All of these personal counseling experiences are oriented toward increasing personal and interpersonal growth of the student in order to become a competent professional clinical counselor.

Retention standards

Good academic standing in accordance with ECU Graduate School guidelines is required. 

  • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in all required courses for the degree to graduate.

Students not maintaining the criteria above may be placed on academic probation in accordance with Graduate School policies.

In addition, the program has the following specific regulations:

  • In courses graded on the S/U system, a minimum grade of “S” must be earned before progression to subsequent S/U graded courses; and
  • No more than six semester hours of U or C or lower grades in any required or elective courses for the degree.

Students receiving a grade of U or C or lower in more than six semester hours of required or elective courses will be dismissed from the program in accordance with departmental policies. 

In courses graded on the S/U system, the grade of Unsatisfactory (U) is assigned when the equivalency of a C grade or lower is earned. If a student receives a U grade in a course, the student may repeat the course one time. If an S grade is not earned on the 2nd attempt, the student is dismissed from the program.

Licensure/Certification Requirements in North Carolina

The curriculum for all ECU Certificates, Degrees, and other Graduate Programs  have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in North Carolina and prepare students to sit for licensure/certification exams in North Carolina. The various licensure boards in each state are responsible for setting requirements for licensure/certification in their state. Other states have their own requirements, and you’ll want to make sure your program meets criteria in your home state (or state where you intend to work) before you apply. Search our state  Licensure Dashboard to see if the program you’re interested in meets the educational requirements for licensing/certification in your home state (or state where you intend to work).

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