Welcome to Rehabilitation and Counselor Education

The problems confronting people in our society are complex and create significant distress and hardship for many individuals. Our faculty and programs prepare caring, highly skilled counselors and couple and family therapists, as well as addressing pressing human issues in their research and service activities. Our programs in Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education include:

  • Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (master’s)
  • School Counseling (master’s)
  • Couple and Family Therapy (doctoral)
  • Counselor Education and Supervision (doctoral)
  • Rehabilitation Counselor Education (doctoral)

Students in these programs are prepared to facilitate human development across the life span, to advocate for clients and students, and to serve local, national, and international communities through the delivery and creation of state-of-the-art counseling and therapy services. The department achieves these goals by advancing knowledge, skills, and attitudes appropriate for effective and ethical professional counseling and therapy practices and by conducting and disseminating related applied research.

Our CACREP/CORE accredited programs are consistently among the top ranked specialty programs in the nation with the Rehabilitation Counseling Programs (Master’s/doctoral in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling/Rehabilitation Counselor Education) ranked #2, and the Student Counseling and Personnel Services programs (Master’s/doctoral programs in School Counseling and Counselor Education and Supervision) ranked #13 in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Our new Couple and Family Therapy program is in the process of applying for COAMFTE accreditation in 2016.

Students of all programs come from across the nation and the world to study with the highly productive, engaged and respected scholar-leaders on our faculty. We offer an involved, high quality scholarly environment with many supports for student success in which diversity and engagement are actively valued.  Our Department prepares practitioners and scholars primarily at the graduate level.  However, we also offer basic courses in interviewing and interpersonal skills for students in other professional and graduate programs, as well as an undergraduate Human Relations minor. 

Explore the information provided on our Department and Program websites, contact our Program Coordinators, or contact the Departmental Executive Officer (DEO) directly.  Investigate how we might assist you in furthering your own goals to make an important contribution through counseling or couple and family therapy!

Counselor Education and Supervision

Counselor Education and Supervision is a doctoral level specialty area within the counseling profession accredited since 1989 by the Council on Accrediation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP). Counselor Educators are tied together through standards and ethical codes of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) a division of the American Counseling Association.

Couple and Family Therapy

The Doctor of Philosophy in Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) prepares professionals for CFT leadership roles in academic and research settings, administration and supervision, and clinical delivery systems. It provides CFTs the opportunity to master cutting edge theoretical knowledge; research competencies at the most innovative levels, advanced clinical, teaching, and supervisory skills.

Rehabilitation Counselor Education

Welcome to the Home page of the Ph.D. Program in Rehabilitation Counselor Education. The Ph.D. program prepares professionals for leadership roles in rehabilitation counselor education, research, administration, and service delivery systems. Scholars admitted to the program focus on three areas of advanced development: counselor education and supervision, research, and professional practice.

Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling 

The Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling share a commitment to increasing the quality of life for people with disabilities and mental health disorders through the preparation of qualified professionals. The program offers Ph.D. and M.A. degree options.

School Counseling

The mission of the school counseling program is to enhance the academic, career, social and personal development of all children and adolescents in schools by preparing students with counseling, consulting and coordinating skills, generating knowledge about effective helping strategies and interventions, and leading the profession within the state and the nation.

HR Minor

The Human Relations Minor is designed for students who are interested in earning a minor degree by utilizing a combination of face-to-face and distance education. Individuals who have access to the full range of the University's on-campus daytime classes should seek admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in order to earn a degree with a major.


Advocating for diverse families

The Erie, Ill., elementary school where Matthew Beck worked was facing a problem last year: students were using words like “gay” in a derogatory way and school leaders were worried about bullying.