Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling and Rehabilitation Counselor Education

2013 PhD Rehab Counseling GroupMission

The Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Counseling and Rehabilitation Counselor Education is designed to prepare culturally competent students to work as counselor educators, researchers, clinicians, and supervisors in academic and non-academic settings.

In addition to establishing a core foundation in rehabilitation counseling and research, major emphasis is provided in the area of Trauma and Trauma Informed Care.


The primary educational objectives of the program are:

  • To increase students knowledge of the role and functions of rehabilitation counselor educators, researchers, and counselors
  • To equip students with unique counseling and research skills to provide effective rehabilitation counseling, education, and research within a cultural context
  • To prepare students to obtain content knowledge in cultural diversity, trauma informed care, and additional expertise in specific areas in rehabilitation education
  • To equip students with knowledge, skills, and experiences to increase the body of research addressing diversity, social justice, and disability issues
  • To prepare students to address professional issues and become leaders and researchers in rehabilitation counselor education and disability research through professional associations, publications, and professional development


  • The 79-hour post-master’s program includes approved courses taken at the masters’ level and typically takes three to four years to complete.   The curriculum will consist of Professional Core/Research (55 hrs), Dissertation (12 hrs), and Cognate (12 hrs). 
  • Focus in Trauma Informed Care

Scholarships, Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantships Available

Admissions Requirements

  • Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling (CORE), or Counseling (CACREP), or a related profession
  • Official transcript from all universities attended
  • Acceptable GRE Score
  • Master’s GPA (≥3.5)
  • Professional Statement, including future career plans
  • Three professional letters of recommendation (must be from professor(s) from Master’s program and from supervisor(s) from professional settings)
  • Two years of work experience preferred
  • Successful completion of an interview
  • Licensure and/or certification documentation
  • Submission of a 10-12 page writing sample

We are located in 329 Proctor Hall, 336-334-7916. Dr. Tyra Turner-Whittaker is the coordinator of the PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling and Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program.