Welcome to the Rehabilitation and Disabilities Studies Program at Michigan State University. The Rehabilitation Program is unique in the
Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education (CEPSE),
preparing counselors to have the specialized knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to collaborate in a professional relationship with people who have disabilities.
Rehabilitation counselors are employed in a wide variety of settings, including: nonprofit rehabilitation programs, state rehabilitation programs, high schools and college settings, independent living centers, medical rehabilitation centers, substance abuse treatment programs, mental health agencies, and corrections facilities. Counselors work with individuals to achieve their personal, social, psychological, educational, and vocational goals.
ORDS offers two graduate programs: a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Counselor Education. The program is rated as the number one Rehabilitation Counseling program in the country by the 2011 U.S. News and World Report. The employment success and diversity of our graduates attests to the mission of the program to train the highest quality professionals.
Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling
The master's degree program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). The program provides a strong foundation in the profession and practice of rehabilitation counseling. It offers opportunities to develop expertise in the areas of counseling, the social and psychological aspects of disability, the vocational rehabilitation process, case management, ethical practices, independent living, disability management, transition from school to work, vocational assessment, career development and employment strategies. Individuals interested in the master’s program should submit their completed applications by February 15. Read more..
Ph.D. Degree in Rehabilitation Counselor Education
The doctoral program in Rehabilitation Counselor Education is designed to prepare individuals, the future stewards of the profession, for careers as university-level educators and researchers in the rehabilitation counseling profession. There currently exists a critical shortage of leaders in these fields. The doctoral program addresses these contemporary needs while building on a long tradition of excellence at MSU. Individuals interested in the doctoral program should submit their completed applications by December 1. Read more...