Maintaining Good Standing

M.A. students in the Department of Counselor Education must meet the following standards in order to remain in their degree programs and advance to candidacy and remain a candidate for a degree:

  • maintain a g.p.a. of at least 3.00;
  • successfully complete practicums and internships;
  • maintain professional behavior consistent with the ACA Code of Ethics (American Counseling Association) and any additional code of professional ethics adhered to in any agency in which a student completes a practicum or internship; and
  • demonstrate progress toward the degree through successful completion of semester hours specified in the curriculum plan and active registration each session (exceptions may be approved by the advisor).

Each student's academic and professional progress is reviewed annually. A written report is provided to the student and a copy is placed in the student's department file.

Probational Status

Students who earn a cumulative g.p.a. lower than 3.00 are placed on probational status and are notified in writing. Students on probational status have two consecutive sessions to raise their grade-point average to the established standard. If that requirement is not met, a student may be removed from the program. Students are allowed one probational status during their program of study.

Counselor Education Standards

The following are the standards of the Department of Counselor Education at the University of Iowa, which are the key performance indicators for M.A. students.

  • acquire the awareness, knowledge, and skills of a professional counselor and/or counselor educator;
  • develop a process of ongoing reflective practice in relation to cultural humility and the profession’s multicultural, social justice, and ethical counseling competencies and education;
  • develop counseling skills that will address problems in living from a developmental/life span approach;
  • cultivate a commitment to ethical practices and behavior in counseling, counselor education, supervision, and research; and
  • acquire an understanding of the social, vocational, educational, and psychological needs of individuals served in various settings such as schools, vocational, or counseling centers.

The Master of Arts program in rehabilitation and counselor education with a clinical mental health counseling subprogram requires a minimum of 60 s.h. of graduate credit. Students must maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00. Full-time students can complete the program in approximately 20 months (four semesters).

The program prepares professional counselors to provide assistance with psychological wellness through flexible, consumer-oriented therapy to individuals experiencing various problems in living, including mental disorders and substance abuse. They combine traditional psychotherapy with a practical, problem-solving approach that creates a dynamic efficient path for change and problem resolution.

Clinical mental health counselors work in a variety of settings, including public government agencies; private practice; community mental health agencies; managed behavioral health care organizations; integrated delivery systems; hospitals, including the Veteran’s Administration; employee assistance programs; and substance abuse treatment centers. They provide interventions designed to help individuals with their immediate needs such as assessment and diagnosis, psychotherapy, treatment planning, brief and solution-focused therapy, alcoholism and substance abuse treatment, psychoeducational and prevention, and crisis management.

The M.A. program in clinical mental health counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Graduates of the program are eligible for certification by the National Board for Certified Counselors. By completing the program's coursework, students also complete the courses they must take in order to apply for licensure as mental health counselors in Iowa.

The curriculum blends academic work with supervised clinical experiences. Students take two semesters of practicum and one semester of internship concurrently with academic courses. The program concludes with a full-time internship (40 hours per week) during a spring semester. Students are assigned to mental health agencies or facilities that meet CACREP accreditation standards and that have programs or clientele who match a student's interests and educational objectives. Clinical placements require criminal background checks. Supervised practicums, internships, and comprehensive examinations are not offered during summer sessions.

The M.A. in rehabilitation and counselor education with a clinical mental health counseling subprogram requires the following work.

Required Courses

All of these (51 s.h.):
RCE:5202Introduction to Group Counseling3
RCE:5203Career Development3
RCE:5221Theories of Counseling and Human Development Across the Life Span3
RCE:5241Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice3
RCE:5248Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Traditional, Vulnerable, and Special Populations in Counseling3
RCE:5249Medical and Psychopathological Aspects of Chronic Illness and Disability3
RCE:5250Multiculturalism in Helping Professions3
RCE:5254Assessment and Appraisal3
RCE:5278Applied Microcounseling3
RCE:6342Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Disability Across the Developmental Lifespan3
RCE:6349Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling3
RCE:6352Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling12
RCE:6353Pre-Practicum and Case Management in Counseling3
RCE:6500Research and Program Evaluation3

Electives

At least three of these (9 s.h.), in consultation with advisor:
RCE:4110Psychology of Food and Mood3
RCE:4113Sleep, Sleep Deprivation, and Sleep Disorders3
RCE:4114Psychology of Body Modification and Self-Image3
RCE:4130Human Sexuality3
RCE:4131Loss, Death, and Bereavement3
RCE:4132Introduction to Addictions and Impulse Control Disorders3
RCE:4162Introduction to Couple and Family Therapy3
RCE:4173Trauma Across the Lifespan3
RCE:4174Positive Psychology3
RCE:4175Motivational Interviewing3
RCE:4176Child Abuse: Assessment, Intervention, and Advocacy3
RCE:4179Sexuality Within the Helping Professions3
RCE:4185Introduction to Substance Abuse3
RCE:4187Introduction to Assistive Technology3
RCE:5280Topical Seminar in Rehabilitation and Counselor Education (may be taken more than once if the topic differs)arr.

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination consists of two exams totaling six hours: a three-hour departmental comprehensive examination and a three-hour written examination on the process and practice of clinical mental health counseling. Exams are offered only during fall and spring semesters.

Admission

Applicants must meet the department's general admission requirements. They should have a good academic record and relevant experiences. No specific undergraduate major area of study is required for the M.A. program, but a major in one of the social sciences is considered good preparation. Postbaccalaureate work and volunteer experiences relevant to the field of mental health counseling is preferred. The program encourages applications from persons traditionally underrepresented in the field, particularly those with a disability and/or members of minority or ethnic groups. A personal interview is required, either in person or by telephone.

Applications for full-time study are accepted for fall semester entry; applications for full-time study are reviewed beginning March 1. Applications for part-time study are accepted for fall and spring semesters and are considered when class space permits.

Students pursue a sequenced plan of study that begins in the fall semester. Although students may be admitted for any semester, the program highly recommends that full-time students begin in the fall.

The Master of Arts program in rehabilitation and counselor education with a subprogram in the rehabilitation counseling program requires a minimum of 60 s.h. of graduate credit. Students must maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00. Full-time students can complete the program in approximately 20 months (four semesters).

The program prepares professional counselors to provide assistance in psychological wellness, employment, independent living, and personal or economic development to persons with disabilities and other individuals who encounter barriers in meeting their own functional needs.

Rehabilitation counselors work in a variety of settings, including public agencies such as state vocational rehabilitation programs and Veterans Affairs vocational rehabilitation programs, independent living centers, community-based rehabilitation centers and supported employment, psychiatric rehabilitation programs, transition from school to work programs, and private for-profit worker's compensation and insurance rehabilitation agencies. They provide interventions designed to help persons with disabilities adapt to the demands of their environments. They also prepare the environments to accommodate an individual's needs. Assessment, personal and vocational counseling, development of rehabilitation and treatment plans, case management, service coordination, psychosocial adjustment, job development, placement, and follow-up are typical services that rehabilitation and mental health counselors provide.

The M.A. program in rehabilitation counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Graduates of the program are eligible for certification by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).

The curriculum blends academic work with supervised clinical experiences. Students take one semester of practicum and one semester of internship concurrently with academic courses. The program concludes with a full-time internship (40 hours per week) during a spring semester. Students are assigned to rehabilitation agencies or facilities that meet CACREP accreditation standards and that have programs or clientele who match a student's interests and educational objectives. Clinical placements require criminal background checks. Supervised practicums, internships, and comprehensive examinations are not offered during summer sessions.

The M.A. in rehabilitation and counselor education with a rehabilitation counseling subprogram requires the following work.

Required Courses

All of these (48 s.h.):
RCE:5202Introduction to Group Counseling3
RCE:5221Theories of Counseling and Human Development Across the Life Span3
RCE:5241Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice3
RCE:5249Medical and Psychopathological Aspects of Chronic Illness and Disability3
RCE:5250Multiculturalism in Helping Professions3
RCE:5253Forensic Rehabilitation and Case Management3
RCE:5254Assessment and Appraisal3
RCE:5278Applied Microcounseling3
RCE:6341Occupational Information, Job Development, and Job Placement3
RCE:6342Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Disability Across the Developmental Lifespan3
RCE:6346Practicum in Rehabilitation Counseling3
RCE:6347Internship in Rehabilitation Counseling12
RCE:6500Research and Program Evaluation3

Electives

At least four of these (12 s.h.), in consultation with advisor:
RCE:4110Psychology of Food and Mood3
RCE:4113Sleep, Sleep Deprivation, and Sleep Disorders3
RCE:4114Psychology of Body Modification and Self-Image3
RCE:4130Human Sexuality3
RCE:4131Loss, Death, and Bereavement3
RCE:4132Introduction to Addictions and Impulse Control Disorders3
RCE:4162Introduction to Couple and Family Therapy3
RCE:4173Trauma Across the Lifespan3
RCE:4174Positive Psychology3
RCE:4175Motivational Interviewing3
RCE:4176Child Abuse: Assessment, Intervention, and Advocacy3
RCE:4179Sexuality Within the Helping Professions3
RCE:4185Introduction to Substance Abuse3
RCE:4187Introduction to Assistive Technology3
RCE:5280Topical Seminar in Rehabilitation and Counselor Educationarr.

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination consists of two exams totaling six hours: a three-hour departmental comprehensive examination and a three-hour written examination on the process and practice of rehabilitation counseling. Exams are offered only during fall and spring semesters.

Admission

Applicants must meet the department's general admission requirements. They should have a good academic record and relevant experience such as assisting individuals with disabilities. No specific undergraduate major area of study is required for the M.A. program, but a major in one of the social sciences is considered good preparation. Postbaccalaureate work experience relevant to the field of rehabilitation counseling is preferred. The program encourages applications from persons traditionally underrepresented in the field, particularly those with a disability and/or members of minority or ethnic groups. A personal interview is required, either in person or by telephone.

Applications for full-time study are accepted for fall semester entry; applications for full-time study are reviewed beginning March 1. Applications for part-time study are accepted for fall and spring semesters and are considered when class space permits.

Students pursue a sequenced plan of study that begins in the fall semester. Although students may be admitted for any semester, the program highly recommends that full-time students begin in the fall.

The Master of Arts program in rehabilitation and counselor education with a school counseling subprogram requires a minimum of 60 s.h. of graduate credit. Students must maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00.

The program prepares individuals to work effectively as counselors in K-12 school settings. It is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Successful graduates are eligible for K-12 school counselor licensure in Iowa. 

During the first few semesters, students take core counseling courses, including coursework focusing on counseling children and adolescents, school counseling programs, and courses focusing on clinical practice in the schools (practicum and internship). Students are expected to complete at least 100 clock hours in practicum and 600 clock hours in internship activities in an approved school setting, under the supervision of an experienced licensed school counselor and a University faculty supervisor.

Students who enter without teaching licensure are required to take the following classes in education: EPLS:3000 Foundations of Education, EDTL:4900 Foundations of Special Education, and PSQF:6200 Educational Psychology

Students must complete program and department core courses as outlined on the Department of Counselor Education website before enrolling in RCE:6300 Practicum in School Counseling for the fall semester of their second year in the program. All students are required to complete a background check the semester before they enroll in the practicum. Students who are not licensed teachers must complete coursework in education before enrolling in the practicum.

Each student's progress is reviewed periodically by the major advisor and yearly by the school counseling program. Students who have successfully completed all prerequisites for RCE:6300 are reviewed in the semester before they take the practicum course, to assure that they are prepared for it. Additionally, students are evaluated to assure their readiness for the internship RCE:6321 Internship in Elementary School Counseling or RCE:6322 Internship in Secondary School Counseling, which requires assignment in approved schools for the fall and/or spring semesters.

The M.A. in rehabilitation and counselor education with a school counseling subprogram requires the following work.

Required Courses

The following schedule of required courses reflects a two-and-one-half year program of study. Students who do not have teacher licensure are required to complete the following courses in education: EPLS:3000 Foundations of Education, EDTL:4900 Foundations of Special Education, and PSQF:6200 Educational Psychology. Students who have completed the required courses should consult with their advisor regarding electives in order to fulfill the 60 s.h. requirement.

RCE:4137Introduction to Educating Gifted Students3
RCE:5200Professional School Counselor3
RCE:5202Introduction to Group Counseling3
RCE:5203Career Development3
RCE:5204School Culture and Classroom Management for School Counselors3
RCE:5221Theories of Counseling and Human Development Across the Life Span3
RCE:5222Counseling Children and Adolescents in Schools3
RCE:5230School Counseling Program Leadership and Management3
RCE:5250Multiculturalism in Helping Professions3
RCE:5254Assessment and Appraisal3
RCE:5278Applied Microcounseling3
RCE:6300Practicum in School Counseling3
RCE:6321Internship in Elementary School Counseling (consult advisor for options)12
or RCE:6322 Internship in Secondary School Counseling
RCE:6500Research and Program Evaluation3
EDTL:4940Characteristics of Disabilities3
Electives (consult advisor)6
Total Hours60

Comprehensive Examination

Students are required to take comprehensive exams for the departmental core and for school counseling during their final semester of internship. Comprehensive exams include a written six-hour exam in the departmental core and school counseling. An oral exam also is required unless waived by the comprehensive exam committee.

Admission

Applicants must meet the department's general admission requirements. They should have an undergraduate g.p.a. of 3.00 or higher. The department prefers that applicants have one year of teaching experience or successful experiences with children and/or adolescents, which they must document in a written statement. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test scores must be on file at the University (however, the GRE requirement has been suspended for the 2021-22 admissions cycle).

Applications are accepted for summer and fall entry and should be submitted by January 25.

Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, M.A.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Subprogram

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
60 s.h. must be graduate level coursework; graduate transfer credits allowed upon approval. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a  
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
RCE:5202 Introduction to Group Counseling 3
RCE:5203 Career Development 3
RCE:5221 Theories of Counseling and Human Development Across the Life Span 3
RCE:5241 Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice 3
RCE:5248 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Traditional, Vulnerable, and Special Populations in Counseling 3
 Hours15
Spring
RCE:5249 Medical and Psychopathological Aspects of Chronic Illness and Disability 3
RCE:5250 Multiculturalism in Helping Professions 3
RCE:5254 Assessment and Appraisal 3
RCE:5278 Applied Microcounseling 3
RCE:6500 Research and Program Evaluation 3
 Hours15
Second Year
Fall
RCE:6342 Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Disability Across the Developmental Lifespan 3
RCE:6349 Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3
CMHC Elective b 3
CMHC Elective b 3
CMHC Elective b 3
 Hours15
Spring
RCE:6352 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 12
RCE:6353 Pre-Practicum and Case Management in Counseling 3
Final Exam c  
 Hours15
 Total Hours60

Rehabilitation Counseling Program Subprogram

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
60 s.h. must be graduate level coursework; graduate transfer credits allowed upon approval. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a  
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
RCE:5202 Introduction to Group Counseling 3
RCE:5221 Theories of Counseling and Human Development Across the Life Span 3
RCE:5241 Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice 3
RCE:5249 Medical and Psychopathological Aspects of Chronic Illness and Disability 3
RCE:5278 Applied Microcounseling 3
 Hours15
Spring
RCE:5250 Multiculturalism in Helping Professions 3
RCE:5253 Forensic Rehabilitation and Case Management 3
RCE:5254 Assessment and Appraisal 3
RCE:6341 Occupational Information, Job Development, and Job Placement 3
RCE:6500 Research and Program Evaluation 3
 Hours15
Second Year
Fall
RCE:6342 Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Disability Across the Developmental Lifespan 3
RCE:6346 Practicum in Rehabilitation Counseling 3
RCP Elective b 3
RCP Elective b 3
RCP Elective b 3
 Hours15
Spring
RCE:6347 Internship in Rehabilitation Counseling 12
RCP Elective b 3
Final Exam c  
 Hours15
 Total Hours60

School Counseling Subprogram

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
60 s.h. must be graduate level coursework; graduate transfer credits and course substitution allowed upon approval. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a, b, c  
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
RCE:5200 Professional School Counselor 3
RCE:5221 Theories of Counseling and Human Development Across the Life Span 3
RCE:5250 Multiculturalism in Helping Professions 3
RCE:5278 Applied Microcounseling 3
Elective course d 3
 Hours15
Spring
RCE:5202 Introduction to Group Counseling 3
RCE:5203 Career Development 3
RCE:5204 School Culture and Classroom Management for School Counselors 3
RCE:5222 Counseling Children and Adolescents in Schools 3
RCE:5254 Assessment and Appraisal 3
 Hours15
Second Year
Fall
EDTL:4940 Characteristics of Disabilities 3
RCE:4137 Introduction to Educating Gifted Students 3
RCE:5230 School Counseling Program Leadership and Management 3
RCE:6300 Practicum in School Counseling 3
Elective course d 3
 Hours15
Spring
RCE:6321
Internship in Elementary School Counseling
or Internship in Secondary School Counseling
12
RCE:6500 Research and Program Evaluation 3
Final Exam e  
 Hours15
 Total Hours60