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Rehabilitation Counseling


Program Coordinator

S. Wayne Mulkey, PhD, CRC
Clinical Professor & Program Co-Coordinator
528 Bailey Education Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996-3542

Program Secretary

Joy DuVoisin, CAP
453 Claxton Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996-3542


The Rehabilitation Counseling master’s program at the University of Tennessee is not currently admitting new students.

This Master of Science Degree in Counseling is a 48-credit hour program. The Rehabilitation Counseling program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education, Inc.

The mission of the Rehabilitation Counseling is to prepare willing, committed and competent clinicians to provide appropriate rehabilitation services to people who have disabilities. As a mark of the effectiveness of the program in training students, many states actively and regularly recruit professionals from Rehabilitation Counseling at UT before and after graduation.

About Rehabilitation Counseling


Patrick L. Dunn, JD, PhD, CRC
associate professor


S. Wayne Mulkey, PhD
clinical professor


Lisa Rimmell

I love UT’s Rehabilitation Counseling program because my studies have been a rewarding, life shaping experience. Edwin Mitchell

My experience in the Rehabilitation Counseling program has been incredible. This program has taught me so much about the diverse needs of our society and how to help those individuals grow to their fullest potential. I’m very happy with this program and blessed to have met all the wonderful people involved in my program and cohort! – Amy Gardner

The Residential Program*

Residential Program

Students who are not employed at rehabilitation agencies or in closely related positions are required to complete degree requirements in residence at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Individuals who are not employed in such positions and who wish to complete the program entirely via distance education must receive approval in advance from program faculty.

Deafness Focus

The Deafness Focus is for students interested in pursuing careers in rehabilitation counseling working with individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Students pursue the same curriculum as those in the general rehabilitation counseling track (outlined under Curriculum Requirements tab above) but are required to complete supplemental programs and assignments related to deafness.

Additional requirements:
  1. Students will complete a module project related to deafness and rehabilitation and will complete a professional portfolio.
  2. Students must demonstrate American Sign Language (ASL) skills at an intermediate level or above on the Sign Language Proficiency Inventory (SLPI) prior to graduation.
  3. All external assignments for rehabilitation courses and all field experiences (Practicum and Internship) must be in an agency delivering services to individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

A typical course of study for this program, is outlined under the “Curriculum Requirements” tab above.

The Distance Education Program*

Distance Education

Distance Education is available for any student who wishes to obtain a degree in Rehabilitation Counseling but may not be able to do so residentially. Distance Education courses are delivered through the Blackboard Collaborate software system. The degree program requires two years of full and part-time study.

*The Rehabilitation Counseling program is not currently admitting new students.


Updated 06/14/2016

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