As of June 1, 2022, the M.A. Counseling-Rehabilitation & Mental Health specialization is seeking approval from the University of Arizona Office of Curricular Affairs to create two separate degree plans within the M.A. Counseling-Rehabilitation & Mental Health specialization to align with requirements from our accrediting body, CACREP (Council for the Accreditation Counseling and Related Educational Programs). Future students may be asked to select a specialization in either rehabilitation or mental health; however, for now, we invite students interested in either or both programs to apply to the “Rehabilitation and Mental Health” specialization.
The M.A. Counseling Program, Rehabilitation & Mental Health emphasis, prepares students to become certified rehabilitation counselors and licensed associate counselors. The mission of the program is to educate professional counselors to work with persons with disabilities as well as children and youth in school settings. Program curriculum draws from foundational content in rehabilitation and mental health counseling. Through leadership, advocacy, collaboration, data, and action, program graduates will be competent at identifying and overcoming barriers that impede equal access to educational, social, environmental, and career opportunities for all persons. Graduates will be dedicated to promoting and facilitating the personal achievement, empowerment, and quality of life of all the populations we serve.
The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies is committed to research about and teaching of students with disabilities and special abilities. The department’s research, teaching, and service address current issues in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, and deaf studies. The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies (DPS) is dedicated to advancing human and economic development through the empowerment and effective inclusion of culturally diverse individuals with disabilities and special abilities of all ages. This is accomplished by conducting research to further knowledge and understanding of abilities, disabilities, adaptations, interventions, and support systems; preparing professionals to educate and facilitate the development of individuals with disabilities and special abilities; and providing leadership at the local, state, national, and international levels. To accomplish our mission, the department offers nationally recognized undergraduate, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral-level degrees to prepare teachers, counselors, specialists, administrators, school psychologists, school counselors, and researchers and educators in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, gifted education, sign language and deaf studies, and educational interpreting.
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1. Bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA 3.0
2. 3 letters of recommendation
3. Personal statement
4. Resumé or CV
For International Applicants Only
TOEFL minimum score of 79 iBT (or 60 on the revised PBT with no section score lower than 15). Individual MyBest scores must also be dated within 2 years of the enrollment term to be considered valid.
We encourage students to apply for scholarships using University of Arizona's Scholarship Universe portal.
Students are admitted to Fall only.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
SERP 525 Counseling Theories
SERP 545 Multicultural, and Familial Diversity in Counseling
SERP 546 Counseling Skills and Techniques
SERP 547 Group Counseling
SERP 556 Research Methods
SERP 563 Client Assessment
SERP 579B Diagnosis & Treatment of Mental Health Disorders
SERP 580 Medical Aspects of Disability
SERP 584 Problems of Drug Abuse
SERP 588 Ethical, Legal, & Professional Issues in Counseling
SERP 597C Counseling with Couples and Families
SERP 594 Practicum
SERP 593 Internship
Rehabilitation and Mental Health Required Emphasis Coursework
SERP 565 Introduction to Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
SERP 587 Lifespan Development and Disability
SERP 585 Career and Vocational Planning
3 units of an elective course. For example, SERP 597K or another graduate-level course related to the counseling profession.
SERP 594: Practicum (100 hours, 3 units)
SERP 593: Internship (600 hours, 12 units)
Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE)
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.