This certificate program is an 18 semester-hour graduate certificate program aimed at permitting employed/experienced rehabilitation counselors and other rehabilitation professionals to obtain national certification (CRC). The graduate certificate is offered online and admits both full- and part-time students.
The curriculum has three components:
Admission Requirements for the Certificate
- A qualifying Master’s degree from an accredited institution in either category D or category R as defined by CRCC
- A completed application to the UALR Graduate School (www.ualr.edu/graddept)
- Personal interview with a program faculty member or a designated representative
- For candidates who will be seeking to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam, the CRC Commission requires a Master’s degree in Counseling and three years’ work experience as a rehabilitation counselor verified in writing by your employer. (One year of employment must be under the supervision of a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor in order to be able to sit for the national examination.)
At least 12 semester hours of this Graduate Certificate program must be taken at UALR. Up to 6 semester hours can be transferred from other accredited graduate programs.
The goals of the certificate program are to 1) permit working counselors who have a Master’s degree in Counseling, but not in Rehabilitation Counseling, to qualify for the national certification as rehabilitation counselors; 2) promote values, skills, and knowledge that results in a genuine commitment to human rights, professionalism, personal integrity, and ethical practice; 3) advance the basic philosophical tenets of rehabilitation; 4) provide a high quality, accessible learning experience for each student which allows program graduates to gain national certification as a rehabilitation counselor (CRC).
In addition to the academic coursework, the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) requires appropriate work experience in order to qualify to sit for the national examination. More information is available on the CRCC website (www.crccertification.com). CRCC will make the final determination on eligiblity status.
The curriculum for the Rehabilitation Counseling Certificate is as follows:
I. Counseling (3 hours)
CNSL 7301 Theoretical Approaches to Counseling
II. Rehabilitation (12 hours)
COUN 7360 Rehabilitation Foundations
COUN 7361 Medical Aspects of Disability
COUN 7362 Psychological Aspects of Disability
COUN 7363 Career Counseling/Placement
COUN 7364 Rehabilitation Case Management
COUN 7367 Assessment in Rehabilitation
III. Research (3 hours)EDFN 7303 Introduction to Research
OR other approved course substitutions
Total Program Requirements 18 hours
The Graduate Certificate Program will allow counselors to submit the body of academic work required to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination. Each course required to earn the certificate is also part of the program’s Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) accredited Master of Rehabilitation Counseling curriculum, and each course has been accepted in the past by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) as counting toward fulfilling their Eligibility Requirements.
The Master of Arts in Counseling with emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling program at UALR is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).
For further information contact:
Department of Counseling, Adult and Rehabilitation Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 S. University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204