Counselor Education

Student Outcomes Information

The M.S. in Counseling with a concentration in rehabilitation counseling (RC) program admits students annually to begin either in summer or fall semester with a goal of admitting approximately 10 students for either the traditional vocational rehabilitation track or the psychiatric rehabilitation track. During academic year 2011-2012, three students completed the program with an additional 3 in 2012-2013. Another 5 students are expected to graduate in the current academic year. The average time to complete the program is 3.5 year since many students enroll part time while work.  Full time students typically completed the program in 2.5 years. The psychiatric rehabilitation track is a 60+ master’s degree in science. This is expected to require up to 3 years fulltime and 4-5 years part-time. There are currently 29 students enrolled in the graduate program. The grade point average of the current students in the program is 3.85 in 2013-14. The program retention during this period is estimated at 90%.

Students in the M.S. in Counseling with a concentration in rehabilitation counseling have access to multiple scholarship programs. The School of Education and Human Development has scholarship funds specifically for counseling students. The Office of Graduate Studies also has some scholarship funds, e.g., Dexter Huntoon Award specifically for eligible counseling students. The School of Education and Human Development annually awards about $85,000 in scholarships with an average award amount of $2,000 per student. Several counseling students are awarded scholarships each year, with most receiving awards when they are nearing completion of their program with the intention to assist them financially while they are in internship.

A review of our graduates indicates that 100% of students complete clinical coursework successfully and pass their national Comprehensive Preparation for Counseling Exam (CPCE). Our students in Counselor Education score at least one standard deviation above the national mean for this competency exam.  The RC graduates who complete the traditional program can qualify for the LPC in Maine and those who pursue the psychiatric rehabilitation track can qualify for the LCPC in Maine. Among our RC graduates, 100% are employed immediately and a majority is working in the rehabilitation, mental health or a disability-related field. Our graduates are qualified to sit for the Certification for Rehabilitation Counseling (CRC) exam and the National Counselor Exam (NCE). Graduates who take either or both of these exams have a reported passing rate of 100% and a majority seeks state professional licensure afterwards.  According to alumni employment settings for graduates include: community mental health, rehabilitation, and addictions treatment and counseling agencies and programs, state vocational rehabilitation agencies, Veterans Administration, schools, correction programs, community behavioral health and rehabilitation programs, private insurance and case management, disability management, and private practice.

Average Annual Tuition (as of 2013)

In-State tuition-graduate $7804.33
Out of state-graduate $19,409.00