Rehabilitation counseling anniversary celebration photo
Rehabilitation Counseling student Duke Pettit speaking at the program’s 50th anniversary celebration.
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Lisa Dunkley, CSI Outstanding Doctoral Student 2018

The University of Kentucky Rehabilitation Counseling Program offers a Departmental Ph.D. in Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling with a formal option in Rehabilitation Counseling Education, Research, and Policy.   The Ph.D. Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).

Our program offers students a uniquely strong academic preparation, rich opportunities for research and professional development, and an opportunity to study with nationally known and respected Rehabilitation Counseling faculty and researchers in a setting where our focus is on the student and his or her professional and educational goals.

We have carefully designed our doctoral curriculum to meet the needs of students who are preparing for careers in rehabilitation counselor education, research, and administration. We value a diverse student body and encourage applications from persons with disabilities, international applicants, and applicants from traditionally underserved and minority groups.

If you are considering doctoral study in Rehabilitation Counseling, I encourage you to learn more about us.

As a CACREP-accredited national leader in rehabilitation counseling education, we are committed to the success and professional growth of our students as rehabilitation counselor educators and leaders. Ranked #6 nationally in the U.S. News and World Report Graduate School Rankings for Rehabilitation Counseling, we pride ourselves on ensuring our students graduate from an elite program that fosters professional growth, leadership, advocacy, and excellence in counselor education, rehabilitation research, and rehabilitation counseling practice.

The doctoral program is campus-based (not offered on-line). Our students enjoy small courses and extensive faculty support and attention. Graduates receive a Ph.D. in Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling with a Formal Option in Rehabilitation Counseling Education, Research, and Policy.

Our faculty includes national leaders in the rehabilitation counseling profession, recognized nationally and internationally for their teaching, research, and leadership contributions. I invite you to view their profiles, and explore our faculty’s diverse research interests and ongoing research activities.

Our students reflect our commitment to excellence in Rehabilitation Counseling Education, Research, and Policy, and to diversity, professional development, and a global perspective. Students have rich opportunities to participate in research and professional collaboration and participation. Profiles and the tremendous contributions of our current students can be viewed at our student profile page.

We provide support to our students through research grants and teaching assistantships, and through a number of funding opportunities that are available to our doctoral students through our graduate school.