In the Rehabilitation Counseling program at the University of North Texas, we train students to help individuals with disabilities achieve equality in all facets of society.
Our graduates work in the field as counselors and administrators, assisting individuals with disabilities to attain employment, well-being and optimum independence.
The Department of Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation provides course work leading to a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. The courses are offered online or in face- to-face formats to accommodate personal and work obligations and diverse learning styles. Our goal is to provide you the best educational experience possible in a strong student-centered environment.
Upon graduation, you're also eligible for national certification as a rehabilitation counselor and state licensure as a professional counselor.
You'll receive intensive supervision and mentoring from nationally and internationally known faculty members as well as experts in the field who serve as adjunct instructors.
The course work is integrated with service learning through the on-campus Wellness and Employment Learning Laboratory (UNT WELL).
This lab allows you to engage in cutting-edge research regarding evidence-based practices in disability and addiction rehabilitation.
Our faculty members are involved in a variety of research projects. Current research projects focus on:
Our graduate program is ranked No. 15 nationally and No. 1 in Texas according to U.S. News and World Report . We're also accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (1699 E. Woodfield Road, Suite 300; Schaumburg, Ill. 60173; telephone 847-944-1345).
UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.
The Toulouse Graduate School ® offers several professional development workshops, including a Thesis Boot Camp. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.
You'll need to meet the admission requirements for the graduate school and our program. The graduate school requirements are outlined at the grad school website or the UNT degree catalog . The program admission process includes:
The M.S. degree program consists of 48 credit hours of combined course work and practical experience.
You can choose to complete a thesis (optional).
The required course work examines counseling, multicultural aspects of disability, assessment and case management, and the vocational rehabilitation process. Detailed information about course offerings is available at the UNT degree catalog.
Several graduate assistant positions are available each year to assist with faculty research. Out-of-state and international students who receive half-time assistantships also become eligible to pay in-state tuition rates.
Additional financial assistance is provided through scholarships, first-year fellowships and McNair Fellowships. Information about these financial assistance programs is available from the department or at the grad school website or the financial aid website.
Jessica Brooks, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin. Health promotion; psychosocial aspects of disability; vocational rehabilitation.
Denise Catalano, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin. Psychosocial aspects of responses to disability; promoting well-being among individuals with traumatic injuries; professional issues and training in rehabilitation counseling.
Brandi L. Darensbourg, Senior Lecturer; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. Psychosocial aspects of disability; students with disabilities in postsecondary education; employment of persons with disabilities, specifically people with blindness or visual impairments.
Chandra Donnell Carey, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Michigan State University. Psychiatric rehabilitation; multicultural issues in rehabilitation.
Paula Heller-Garland, Lecturer; M.S., Grand Canyon University. Substance abuse and addiction issues.
Linda L. Holloway, Professor and Department Chair; Ph.D., Texas Woman's University. Community rehabilitation; supported employment; psychiatric rehabilitation; mentally ill offenders.
Rachita Sharma, Lecturer; University of Texas-Pan American. Transition issues faced by veterans in higher education; resilience; positive psychology; mindfulness; multicultural competencies in counseling.