Rehabilitation Services & Rehabilitation Counseling
323 Wirtz Hall, DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-1484
The specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling through the Communicative Disorders (M.A.) emphasizes the development of skills and knowledge in three areas: counseling, rehabilitation, and disabilities. The number of master's degree students in the program varies, but generally is fewer than 20 at any given time. This allows for small classes and individual supervision of counseling experiences. An array of elective courses is available through other NIU departments allowing students to pursue special interests. These include family therapy, early intervention services, school-related counseling, and community mental health.
A thesis option is available for students interested in completing original investigations.
Graduates are employed in priority rehabilitation and worker’s compensation fields, independent living services, job development/placement services, student disability services, state vocational rehabilitation counseling, Veteran’s vocational rehabilitation, transition from school to work programs, mental health programs, and vocational evaluation services.
The Rehabilitation Counseling program at Northern Illinois University is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) through August 2021. The program is designed as a full-time program, accepting students in the fall and spring semesters. There are options, however, to assist a student in designing a part-time program.
The Rehabilitation Counseling program typically has a total of 20 full-time students. There are three full-time, tenure track faculty and one visiting faculty member, all of whom teach the CORE accredited curriculum and provide supervision during clinical education. The faculty to student ratio is no more than 1:4.
The average time necessary to complete all degree requirements is approximately 22 months and the estimated cost of tuition and fees of attendance is $10,880 per year. The program does not currently have any specific scholarship funds available.
The employment rate within six months of graduation for our alumni is over 95% and graduates are employed in a variety of locations such as centers for independent living, community rehabilitation providers, substance abuse treatment centers, university disability services, and state vocational rehabilitation.
All graduates of our program are eligible to apply to take the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination. Graduates are also eligible to apply to take the Licensed Professional Counselor credential within the state of Illinois because Illinois accepts the CRC examination as a qualifying professional counselor licensure exam. 11% of graduates obtained a license as a professional counselor for the time period from 2010 to 2013. Of those graduating, 68% of students attempted and passed the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam from 2010 to 2013 and 100% of graduates passed the comprehensive examination that covers content from the program's CORE-accredited curriculum.
The master's degree program in Rehabilitation Counseling is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) enabling graduates to apply for credentials as Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC – IL).