Mar 25, 2023  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (Post-Baccalaureate), M.A.

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College of Behavioral and Community Sciences  
Department: Child and Family Studies 


  • Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy


The Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (RMHC) major, within the Department of Child and Family Studies, trains counselors to work with persons with physical, mental, emotional, and chemical disabilities. Training emphasizes psychological, social, medical, and vocational aspects of disability, and the development and refinement of personal adjustment counseling skills. Graduates with this M.A. are prepared for careers as both rehabilitation specialists and mental health counselors.

The Major offers two areas of Concentration that may also lead to a certificate. Each student may elect to pursue a specialization in either of these areas. The RMHC with a concentration in Addictions and Substance Abuse counseling is approved by the Certification Board for Addictions Professionals of Florida (CBAPF Approved Provider #179A).

Upon completion of at least 75% of the major, RMHC students are eligible to sit for the national examination to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). Upon graduation, students will meet eligibility criteria under Florida Statue 491 to register as a mental health counselor intern with the State. Once you fulfill the State’s requirements you will be eligible to become a licensed mental health counselor.  

The Major is dually accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) for Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Baccalaureate degree in one of the behavioral, social, health-related, or educational disciplines preferred
  • Online department application 
  • GRE Scores
  • Personal Interview 
  • Undergraduate statistics or research methods course
  • Official transcripts
  • Three Letters of recommendation from academic, professional, and/or volunteer supervisors, preferably at least one letter from an academic faculty member
  • One-page statement of goals/career objectives. This should include why you are applying to this particular program, how you believe the program can help you achieve your goals, and any relevant experience in the field.
  • A Resume/CV outlining academic, professional, and/or volunteer work/experience
  • Complete a background check prior to Field Experience placements (if necessary)

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Credit Hours - 60 Credit Hours

  • Core Requirements – 54 Credit Hours
  • Optional Concentration - 9 Credit Hours Minimum
  • Thesis or Non-Thesis Electives - 6 Credit Hours

The following 60-hour core curriculum is consistent with national certification standards for rehabilitation counselors and must be taken by all students (post-baccalaureate, thesis, and non-thesis).  Students must receive a B (3.00) or better in all core curriculum and elective classes.

Optional Concentration Requirements

Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling (9 Credit Hours)

Comprehensive Examination

The Comprehensive Examination assesses the student’s understanding of the significant content and process areas of the entire major curriculum. In order to graduate from the Program students must pass the Comprehensive Exam. After three (3) failed attempts, students will be recommended to the Office of Graduate Studies for dismissal from the Program. 

Non-Thesis Electives 6 Credit Hours)

Students in the non-thesis option complete six (6) credit hours of electives.

Thesis (6 Credit Hours)

All students are initially admited to the non-thesis program.  Admitted students may subsequently apply to the faculty for a thesis program.  Students in a thesis program must complete a minimum of 60 hours in the Post-Baccalaureate Program (54-hr) core curriculum including a minimum of six (6) hours of RCS 6971  .  An oral defense of the thesis is required.

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