Counselor Education & Clinical Counselor Education in Mental Health

The Counselor Education Program at the UK College of Education is committed to providing the highest quality rehabilitation counselor education and clinical rehabilitation counseling in mental health programs. We are a growing profession, and the need for trained rehabilitation professionals has never been greater.

Photo of distance learning student at graduation
Distance Learning student Victoria Aguilar came to campus to attend Commencement.

The Counselor Program is  located on the beautiful campus of the University of Kentucky within the College of Education in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Counselor Education. We have consistently been rated in the top 10 of rehabilitation counseling programs nationwide.

The Counselor Education program is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation for Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  Accreditation ensures that we meet the highest standards of training and professionalism. This also enables students and graduates to be eligible to sit for the national rehabilitation counseling certification examination.

We also offer a Formal Option of the Departmental Ph.D. in Counselor Education, Research, and Policy.

Our students benefit from our exceptional and nationally recognized faculty, who bring diverse professional backgrounds, research interests, and areas of expertise to the educational experience. We encourage our students to participate fully in the wide range of professional, educational, and research opportunities that we offer. Students also benefit from our strong ties to the local, state, and national rehabilitation community, and from our relationship with the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute, Medical Center, and many other University of Kentucky schools, colleges, departments, and programs.

Tuition and Fees

Questions about tuition should be directed to the Registrar’s Office.  More information about tuition and cost to attend can be found on the Registrar’s website.

Special Notes

First, we do not require a background check or a drug screen for admission.  However, please be aware that a background check may be required in order to sit for counselor certification or licensure.  Also, agencies that provide a clinical experience or who are considering you for employment will typically require a background check and a drug screen.

Second, if you apply for the Clinical Counselor in Mental Health program you must take the following courses:

  • RC 680, Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (3 credit hours)
  • RC 540, Chemical Dependency in Counselor Education (3 credit hours)
  • RC 570, Crisis and Disaster Planning for Persons with Disabilities (1 credit hour)

Students who do not take these courses cannot graduate from the Clinical Mental Health track.


For information regarding individual state licensure laws please see Licensure Requirements for Professional Counselors (PDF).

For questions regarding the online Distance Learning program please contact Dr. Jackie Rogers ( who coordinates this program.

Thank you for your interest in our program. We invite you to check out our videos and stories below for additional information about the program, our faculty, and our students. Video Transcript available.

University of Kentucky College of Education Counselor Education Program from UK College of Education on Vimeo. Video Transcript available.  Please note that after this video was produced, Dr. Allison Fleming accepted a new position and can no longer be contacted at UK.  The content in the video is still relevant to the program.  The video will soon be updated.

State Authorization and Licensure

If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.