The online Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling, offered by the College of Education and Human Services, forwards the land grant mission of the University by providing a strong practitioner training program focused on the unique needs of diverse communities. We are committed to preparing entry-level rehabilitation and mental health counselors to work competently and ethically within a pluralistic society. Our central organizing approach rests in understanding the unique needs of individuals, couples, families, and groups experiencing disability or other disadvantages across their lifespan in our society, at work, home and play.
West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The program has been accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education since 1974. Graduates are eligible to sit for certification as Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). In July, 2017, the program will be transitioned to accreditation with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs as a rehabilitation counseling program. They are currently applying for accreditation as a dual program in rehabilitation counseling and mental health counseling.
Prospective students are encouraged to contact Margaret.Glenn@mail.wvu.edu before making formal application. Applicants are evaluated on both their academic readiness and professional readiness to be successful in the program. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree with a 2.8 grade point average from an accredited institution. The best prepared are those with coursework in the human relations field. Students must take the Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test.
The objective data (undergraduate major, grade point average, Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test, work experience, letters of recommendation, and quality of application) are given weightings. These scores are used to select applicants for interviews. Final selection is made following structured personal interviews which assess the applicant’s knowledge of rehabilitation, goals, motivation to pursue a degree, interpersonal skills, and intellectual ability.
|Tuition and Fees
for academic year 2016-2017
Per Credit Hour
Per Credit Hour
Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.
WVU offers a Comprehensive System for Personnel Development (CSPD) scholarship funded by the U.S. Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) to provide tuition and stipend assistance to eligible students in our program. Applicants are required to currently be working in a vocational rehabilitation (VR) state/federal agency and have an career goal of rehabilitation counselor. Click here to learn more about the RSA Scholarship.
The program is 60 credit hours and qualifies for professional licensure in many states. Students begin the program in the fall term. Courses are offered online. Two residencies in Morgantown are also required for degree completion.
The curriculum consists of the following courses:
|REHB 600||Introduction to Rehabilitation (Foundations)|
|REHB 680||Research Seminar: Introduction to Research|
|REHB 610||Medical Aspects of Rehabilitation|
|REHB 612||Disability Across the Lifespan|
|COUN 505||Theories of Human Appraisal|
|REHB 620||Career Development and Job Placement|
|COUN 501||Counseling Theories and Techniques I (1 week on-campus)|
|COUN 606||Counseling Theories and Techniques II|
|REHB 624||Rehabilitation Client Services|
|COUN 664||Ethical Issues in Counseling|
|COUN 609||Group Counseling Theories and Techniques (3 days on campus)|
Summer Elective Offerings
|COUN 634||Cultural Issues in Counseling|
|COUN 665||Abnormal Behavior|
|COUN 640||Addictions in Counseling|
|COUN 645||Couples and Family Counseling|