The Master of Education in Counselor Education with a specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling is an interdisciplinary field of study specifically designed to train professional rehabilitation counselors to work for and with persons with disabilities in both the public and private sectors. The program prepares individuals for professional leadership, administration, direct service, private practice and forensic practice.
The rehabilitation counseling program at Florida Atlantic University regularly informs the public of its performance, including enrollment, graduation, accreditation status, and student achievement scores including the number passing the CRC exam through semester newsletters, reports to academic officials and a web group formed for FAU alumni. Over the past 5 years (2008-2012) 45 students have enrolled in the rehabilitation program and there have been 35 graduates over that same 5 year period. On average, students complete the rehabilitation counseling program and the classes needed to be eligible for licensure in the state of Florida in 8 semesters or about 2 ½ years. Many students receive free tuition through work for the state or federal rehabilitation programs and many scholarships are available and can be found by asking the department coordinator.
All graduates in the past three years have been employed in the rehabilitation/mental health field within six months of graduation. The majority of graduates are working in the field before they graduate, securing employment through the help of the program and field placement sites. Graduates work in the public and private sector including state vocational rehabilitation, the Division of Blind Services, the Veterans Administration and private practice. Students in the program are required to take the CRC exam as a part of the program requirements. The rehabilitation program was one of the first programs at FAU to require an evidence-based national exam as a part of graduation requirements. Since this requirement began in 2006, all but two students have passed the CRC exam for a pass rate of over 90%; the national average pass rate is approximately 67%.
The Master of Education in Counselor Education with a specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling combines academic instruction with clinical and experiential learning. The program is designed to give students the competencies to provide a wide range of services and apply a variety of clinical modalities to assist persons with disabilities.
Graduates of this program may pursue positions as counselors, administrators, independent consultants, and case managers in a variety of organizations and settings including state rehabilitation agencies, private independent practice, rehabilitation hospitals, forensic practice, insurance-based systems such as workers' compensation, and private industry.
In each of these settings, rehabilitation counselors are instrumental in service provision, personal & family counseling, and advocacy.
Rehabilitation Counselors become eligible to apply for several credentials as a result of successful completion of the FAU training course. Graduates are eligible for national certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). Further national certifications may also include Certificated Disability Management Specialist (CDMS), and Certified Case Manager (CCM).