Doctoral applicants to the Rehabilitation Counseling area of specialization are expected to have completed a master's degree from a CORE or CACREP accredited rehabilitation counseling program. They will be encouraged to enroll in new course content areas that were not addressed in their master's training (e.g., Habilitation Strategies, Substance Abuse). Applicants with a master's degree in counseling, psychology, or other human service field are required to consult with his/her advisor regarding master's level courses specific to rehabilitation counseling that may need to be completed in addition to the usual doctoral studies.
Candidates are reviewed according to:
- Undergraduate and graduate grade point averages
- Relevance of previous academic study
- Professional employment history
- Rationale for doctoral study
- Letters of recommendation (minimum of three from former professors and supervisors)
- Results of the GRE
- A personal interview
The faculty are particularly interested in the recruitment of qualified students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, as well as students with disabilities.
The Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program requires approximately two to three years of full time coursework plus a dissertation. Students share a portion of their coursework with the other specializations in counseling (e.g. School Psychology), and with other units in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education. Students in the Rehabilitation Counselor Education program complete the following coursework in completing their doctoral degrees. Additional information on these courses, elective coursework, qualifying exams, and the dissertation is available in the Doctoral Student Handbook.
I. Educational Inquiry and Research (17 credits)
- CEP 930 Introduction to Educational Inquiry
- CEP 932 Quantitative Methods in Educational Research I
- CEP 933 Quantitative Methods in Educational Research II
- CEP 934 Multivariate Data Analysis
- CEP 968 Research Methods in Counseling and School Psychology
- CEP 995 Practicum in Research Design and Data Analysis
II. Ethics and Professional Practice of Counseling (6 credits)
- CEP 963 Ethics in Counseling and School Psychology
- CEP 969 Clinical Supervision
III. Rehabilitation Counseling Pro-seminars (9 credits)
- CEP 960 Theoretical Foundations of Counseling
- CEP 964 Practice and Profession of Rehabilitation Counseling
- CEP 965 Psychosocial Bases of Disability and Rehabilitation
IV. Professional Preparation Core (9 credits)- Three of the following:
- CEP 944a: Rehabilitation Counseling Pedagogy
- CEP 944b: Teaching Practicum in Rehabilitation Counselor Education
- CEP 944c: Clinical Practice Practicum
- CEP 944d: Clinical Supervision Practicum in Rehabilitation Counselor Education
V. Learning and Development/Diversity (6 credits)
- CEP 903 Cognitive Development Across the Lifespan
- CEP 905 Cultural Perspectives in Learning and Development
For brief descriptions of the above courses, please go to the Course Descriptions page.
VI. Qualifying Examinations
In addition to these core requirements, students in Rehabilitation Counselor Education must select two additional courses in topic areas chosen in consultation with his or her advisor. Students design this elective program which allows them to pursue personal interests in an important area of rehabilitation policy or practice. In addition to formal courses, students will be able to develop independent study options. The entire campus and faculty are available for meeting these interests. The following topic areas are provided as examples of cognate that compliment the doctoral program.
- Rehabilitation policy and research could include course concentration on public administration, employment and training programs, organization development, program evaluation, legislation and social policy development related to rehabilitation and disability issues.
- At-risk populations: Transition to work could include course concentrations on policy issues in special education, organization of education and training for diverse learners, transition services and career development, supported employment, and habilitation strategies.
- Disability management and employment could include course concentrations on organizational behavior in labor and industrial relations, organizational development, equal employment opportunities, occupationally safety and health policy, personnel selection and evaluation, and psychology of motivation and attitudes at work.
VI. Qualifying Examinations
Several major phases of the doctoral program take place apart from academic coursework. Preliminary and comprehensive examinations are key aspects of the program that build on knowledge and skills obtained earlier in the program, and focus on refining particular professional competencies.
The preliminary examination assesses students' abilities to analyze and evaluate empirical research from both methodological and conceptual perspectives. The exam is administered prior to the start of the second year of coursework and is required of all students.
The comprehensive examination is designed to examine students' ability to integrate the body of knowledge and competencies critical to their future roles as rehabilitation counselor educators and researchers. Students are encouraged to complete their comprehensive exams during the summer following their second year of full-time study. Part-time students will sit for this exam after the completion of 80% of their coursework.
VII. Dissertation (CEP 999)
Students will complete at least 24 semester credits in developing their dissertations. Students develop topics for intellectual pursuit under the guidance of their dissertation committees.
Additional information about coursework in the doctoral program, committees, and research opportunities for students can be found in the Doctoral Student Handbook.