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Online MA in Counseling: Clinical Rehabilitation
Counseling Specialization

Reduce and Eliminate Barriers for People with Disabilities

No On-Campus Residency

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  • Duration 3.5 years
  • Cost per Credit $981
  • Credit Hours 60

Program Benefits

  • Hands-on learning approach
  • Licensure and certification preparation
  • Internships and practicums provide real-world settings
  • Fosters cultural competence to better serve the needs of diverse communities

Provide Resources and Guidance To People With Disabilities

Serving others requires specialized skills and personal conviction. Our Lady of the Lake University’s Master of Arts in Counseling – Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling specialization provides you coursework and experiential learning to address the scope of practice of clinical rehabilitation counselors, disability rights, independent living philosophy, and legislative acts to protect individuals with disabilities. Learn how to assist persons with physical, psychosocial, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities to achieve personal and professional goals.

Acquire specific techniques and modalities to advocate for individuals with chronic illness and disability, veterans and their families, and individuals recovering from substance use disorder, and graduate ready to qualify for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Examination (CRCE) and the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) examination.

Representation Matters

As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, OLLU has one of the highest percentages of Hispanic student enrollment in the nation and has been ranked as a Top 100 Producer of Graduate Degrees among minorities by Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine.

Our Master of Arts in Counseling program strives to cultivate a greater number of counselors who share the cultural identities of the diverse communities they serve.

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Career Outlook: Prepare for Certification

This program supports your preparation for certification as a clinical rehabilitation counselor and licensure as a professional counselor.

Rehabilitation counselors can expect to see strong, 10 percent job growth between 2018 and 2028.1 Rehabilitation counselors working for state governments earn a median salary of $51,350.1

You’ll complete this program prepared to pursue certification as a licensed professional counselor or a certified rehabilitation counselor and work in private and public agencies, hospitals, nonprofits and other settings.*

Careers in Counseling

Curriculum: Foundational Knowledge Meets Hands-On Application

Gain a foundational knowledge of clinical rehab basics, such as treatment planning, screening, assessing and etiology. Enhance your contextual understanding of roles and settings, the continuum of care and the effects of discrimination. Master skills required of a practicing counselor, such as conducting diagnostic interviews and career assessments and advocating for patients.

Classwork is mostly asynchronous, allowing you to study on a schedule that suits you. This curriculum is designed to give you an education that meets the highest standards for the counseling profession.

Course Spotlight: COUN 8346 Medical & Psychosocial Aspects of Disability

Examine medical aspects of major disabilities and their effects upon social, vocational, personal, and economic adjustment. You’ll also learn about environmental, attitudinal, and individual barriers, along with assistive technology to reduce and eliminate barriers.

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Course Spotlight: COUN 8334 Rehabilitation Service Delivery and Case Management

Address the delivery of rehabilitation services, and the role of rehabilitation counselors, across settings such as state/federal vocational rehabilitation, psychiatric rehabilitation, transition from school to work, private for-profit rehabilitation, forensic rehabilitation, substance abuse rehabilitation, and veterans’ rehabilitation.

Available Specializations

Focus your counseling degree on the area you’re passionate about with one of three specializations.

Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC): Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialization

Learn to support people of all ages and backgrounds as they confront mental health challenges to improve their lives.

Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC): School Counseling Specialization

Prepare to help students overcome challenges to meet their potential and find success.

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Military Student Support

Our Lady of the Lake University is proud to support you as you balance your education with your personal and military service commitments. Our online programs offer the flexibility you need to conference with faculty members, study, and access course materials from wherever your busy life takes you. We also accept a variety of military education benefits to ensure the degree program you want is within reach.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 855-275-1082.

If you take two courses every 14 weeks, you can complete:
  • the School Counseling concentration in 3.5 years
  • the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling concentrations in 3–3.5 years.

Total tuition estimates are as follows and do not include the cost of books and fees:

  • School Counseling specialization, $58,860
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling specializations, $58,860

Our program recognizes the importance and value of CACREP accreditation for counseling programs, their graduates and the counseling profession. In preparation for submitting our self-study to the CACREP Board, we are in the process of developing, modifying and evaluating our program to meet CACREP standards. We hope to submit our self-study to the CACREP Board soon which will then begin the review process of our program by CACREP. The review process is comprehensive and lengthy, and it could be a year or more after we submit our self-study before we know the results of our application and whether or not our program is eligible for CACREP accreditation.

Yes. You can choose from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, and School Counseling specializations.

The program requires 600 hours of internship experience and 100 hours of practicum experience for all specializations.

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*Students outside of Texas are responsible for knowing their specific state requirements for LPC licensure.

NOTE: Applicants seeking licensure are encouraged to review all applicable eligibility requirements related to the respective occupational license per the Texas occupations code HB 1508.


  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Rehabilitation Counselors. Occupational Employment Statistics. Retrieved October 29, 2019, from