The Working Professionals option allows individuals interested in the completing the M.S. in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program to do so on a part-time basis. Typically these are people who are currently working and providing direct services in the field to persons with chronic illness, disability, and/or mental health issues.
The program is designed so you can graduate in three-years while maintaining full-time employment. Many courses are offered in the evening and via distance education, and the required fieldwork experiences are often completed (with approval) at your qualifying place of employment. The typical Illinois Tech working professional student has a desire to learn more about state-of-the-art research and evidence-based practices in rehabilitation and mental health counseling.
Licensure and certification
Licensure and certification are important for working professionals and their career advancement. As an Illinois Tech Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling graduate, you will be eligible to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), a distinguished certification recognized nationwide. You will also be eligible for counseling licensure as a Professional Counselor and a Clinical professional Counselor within the state of Illinois. Illinois accepts the CRC examination as a qualifying professional counselor licensure exam (Please see your state licensing board for information on counseling licensure requirements in states other than Illinois).
The requirements for admission to the program on a part-time basis are the exact same as for full-time students. Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree and have an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0/4.0. A minimum of 18 credit hours in undergraduate psychology or a closely related field, including one statistics course, is also required.
All applications are evaluated on the basis of such factors as GPA, recommendations, and the professional statement (GRE scores are not required). Applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA will be evaluated on an individual basis. Finalists will be contacted for a personal interview.
For more information, contact Program Director E.J. Lee, Ph.D.
3105 South Dearborn Street, Room 252
Chicago, Illinois 60616-3793