Western Oregon University

Rehabilitation Counseling with the Deaf

Department Website www.wou.edu/rc

The Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (RMHC) program at Western Oregon University offers three options:

The Rehabilitation Counseling for the Deaf (RCD) option was established in 1974 and is one of three deafness specialty programs in the United States. Students in this program plan to seek employment as counselors or consultants for culturally Deaf people, deafened individuals, and persons who are hard-of-hearing. To be accepted to this program applicants must be proficient in American Sign Language (ASL). In most cases entering students demonstrate conversational skill by successfully completing the equivalent of two years of formal training in ASL. Applicants must be able to document two to three years of work experience and/or volunteer experiences with deaf or hard-of-hearing persons. Note: A video interview demonstrating ASL proficiency is also required; instructions are included in the application packet (see Admission).

The Rehabilitation Counseling (RC) option was authorized by the Oregon University System in 1991. Graduates of this option provide counseling and consultative services to the general population of persons who have disabilities. Entering students must be able to document two to three years of work experience and/or volunteer experiences with persons who have disabilities.

The Mental Health Counseling (MH) option was added in 2014. Students who choose this option take an additional 9 credits to meet the requirement for state licensure.

The Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (RMHC) master's degree program at Western Oregon University is the oldest and largest rehabilitation counselor preparation program in the Northwest. The primary focus of this program is to train rehabilitation and mental health counselors to assist people who are deaf or who have physical, emotional, or mental disabilities to become independent and self-sufficient. Rehabilitation counselors can make a very real difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities.

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Denise Thew Hacket, PhD, MSCI, CRC
Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator
Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
Western Oregon University
345 Monmouth Avenue
Monmouth, OR 97361
(503) 715-0756

Degrees Available