Curriculum

The Master of Rehabilitation Counseling Program is a full-time, two-year post-baccalaureate program that begins in September. The 60-hour curriculum focuses on psychology, rehabilitation, and clinical experience working with people with disabilities. To maximize faculty and student interaction, our courses are offered in a traditional classroom setting Monday through Friday during business hours.

The dynamic curriculum includes course work, internships, and research projects that teach you the theory and skills critical to effective rehabilitation counseling:

  • Rehabilitation history
  • Psychological assessment
  • Counseling theory and techniques
  • Behavioral approaches to psychosocial adjustment
  • Personality dynamics and theory
  • Occupational information and vocational appraisal
  • Community organization and resources
  • Cultural diversity
  • Family and group interventions

You can orient your training toward people with severe disabilities, including head injury, psychiatric illness, and developmental disabilities. Faculty members with neuropsychology expertise help guide research projects and develop skills in these growing areas.

Rehabilitation Counseling student administers a vocational evaluation lab activity.

We’ve designed the curriculum to balance skills training in counseling and assessment. You’ll receive in-depth training in cognitive-behavioral and client-centered counseling. You’ll also gain assessment skills that will enable you to administer and interpret cognitive, achievement, and personality tests that help guide rehabilitation goals and objectives.

This dual training prepares graduates to sit for several certification and licensing exams, including licensed professional counselor, certified rehabilitation counselor, and licensed psychological associate.

We’ve sequenced the curriculum to create an effective and efficient path for learning. Many of the courses in a given semester are prerequisites for the courses that follow in the next semester. Some sequencing may change from year to year without notice. It may be possible to substitute some courses and take electives from other area institutions if you request and receive permission in advance from the Graduate Studies Committee.

Degree Plan

For detailed course descriptions, please download our catalog.

11 Total Credit Hours Per Term

60 Total Program Hours

  • MRC 5310 Introduction to Assessment | 3 Credit Hours
  • MRC 5311 The Profession of Rehabilitation Counseling: Issues and Practices 3 | 3 Credit Hours
  • MRC 5212 Psychopathology | 2 Credit Hours
  • MRC 5236 Counseling Techniques in Rehabilitation | 2 Credit Hours
  • HCS 5106 Professional Development (spring and fall semesters) | 1 Credit Hours

13 Total Credit Hours Per Term

60 Total Program Hours

  • MRC 5201 Human Development | 2 Credit Hours
  • MRC 5332 Occupational Information, Vocational Analysis and Placement | 3 Credit Hours
  • MRC 5233 Techniques of Assessment and Evaluation | 2 Credit Hours
  • MRC 5335 Counseling Theory and Techniques | 3 Credit Hours
  • MRC 5337 Research Methods and Techniques in Rehabilitation | 3 Credit Hours

10 Total Credit Hours Per Term

60 Total Program Hours

  • MRC 5202 Counseling Family Systems | 2 Credit Hours
  • MRC 5203 Medical/Psychological Aspects of Disability | 2 Credit Hours
  • MRC 5338 Theories and Methods of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy | 3 Credit Hours
  • MRC 5098 Thesis Research | 3 Credit Hours

9 Total Credit Hours Per Term

60 Total Program Hours

  • MRC 5240 Introduction to Group Counseling Techniques in Rehabilitation | 2 Credit Hours
  • MRC 5098 Thesis Research | 3 Credit Hours
  • MRC 5090 Internship in Rehabilitation Counseling (includes 5061 Practicum in Rehabilitation) | 4 Credit Hours

10 Total Credit Hours Per Term

60 Total Program Hours

  • MRC 5343 Social and Cultural Issues in Rehabilitation Counseling | 3 Credit Hours
  • MRC 5098 Thesis Research | 3 Credit Hours
  • MRC 5090 Internship in Rehabilitation Counseling | 4 Credit Hours

7 Total Credit Hours Per Term

60 Total Program Hours

  • MRC 5098 Thesis Research | 3 Credit Hours
  • MRC 5090 Internship in Rehabilitation Counseling | 4 Credit Hours

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the Master of Rehabilitation Counseling Program, a candidate must:

  1. Demonstrate a high order of scholarly achievement in rehabilitation counseling, including appropriate professional competencies. (The program’s Student Progress Committee determines whether adequate mastery has been acquired.)
  2. Complete satisfactorily a minimum of 60 semester hours in the UT Southwestern School of Health Professions.
  3. Discharge all financial obligations to the Medical Center. (In the event of nonpayment, the Dean may take one or more actions: a) deny readmission; b) withhold the student's grades and official transcript; and/or c) withhold the degree to which the student would otherwise be entitled.)
  4. Complete the academic requirements listed in the degree plan, including completion of any academic deficiencies in prerequisite courses, by the times stated in the student's official letter of acceptance, and submit official documentation of successful completion to the Office of the Registrar.
  5. Maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average with no academic deficiencies and no incompletes.
  6. Complete satisfactorily a field examination—independent of course grades and internship evaluations—in the required timeframe.
  7. Pay a graduation fee designated to partially offset the costs associated with the diploma and diploma cover production, regalia, and the commencement ceremony. All students completing a degree or certificate must pay the fee whether they attend the commencement ceremony or not.