Oct 01, 2023  
2020-2021 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
2020-2021 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Rehabilitation Counseling in Mental Health, MSEd

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Associate Professor Nerlich, Graduate Program Director, 516-463-6492

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the Rehabilitation Counseling in Mental Health (MSED) program at Hofstra University. The Master of Science in Education in Rehabilitation Counseling in Mental Health is designed for students who wish to qualify for the New York state license examination for mental health practitioners. The program prepares students as professional counselors with specialized knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to assist persons with disabilities toward achieving their personal, social, psychological and vocational independence including appropriate employment and independent living. It includes specialty courses by which students prepare for working in mental health and other specialized settings. Graduates work in a variety of rehabilitation settings including state-federal rehabilitation agencies, mental health centers, medical centers, private rehabilitation agencies, Veteran's Administration hospitals, substance abuse programs, independent living programs, insurance companies, private practice or other organizations serving persons with mental, emotional, social and physical disabilities.

Prospective students with baccalaureate degrees can complete the comprehensive curriculum in two academic years. Acceleration is possible with the approved transfer of a maximum of 12 appropriate course credits. Part-time and nonmatriculated students, as well as those preparing for the CRC are accepted. 

Extensive fieldwork is an essential component of the academic training program. A number of rehabilitation facilities in the Long Island and New York metropolitan areas provide prepracticum, practicum and internship experiences and training. 

The program has an outstanding record of graduates employed in the field; job placement and in-service education of graduates are actively promoted by the faculty. Application to the program is made through the Office of Graduate Admission.

Note: National Rehabilitation Association, National Rehabilitation Counseling Association or American Counseling Association sponsored liability insurance is strongly recommended for internship students.  This insurance provides coverage while performing professional duties as a rehabilitation counselor in training.  Information may be obtained from the Graduate Program Director.

Admission Requirements

  1. Completion, with an acceptable grade point average, of a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution.
  2. Personal interview with department member.
  3. Educational and professional references (four).
  4. Voluntary or paid work experience in rehabilitation or with individuals with disabilities preferred.
  5. Written statement of career goals.

Note: The preferred application deadline for the fall semester is August 15 and for the spring semester is January 15. All others will be reviewed based on available space.

Prerequisite Requirements - Semester Hours: 6

Two courses from the following areas may be taken concurrently with beginning level courses or may have been taken as part of undergraduate work.  Prerequisite courses do not carry degree credit for this program.

  • Developmental psychology
  • Personality theory
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Statistics

Area 2. Internship Requirements - Semester Hours: 12

Area 4. Comprehensive Case Study Portfolio and Oral Defense (no credit)

Prior to graduation, students are required to complete a written comprehensive case study portfolio assigned to them by the Rehabilitation Counseling faculty. Students build their case utilizing standards set forth by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Upon completion of the portfolio, students must orally defend the case study before the Rehabilitation Counseling faculty.

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