This 72-credit graduate program combines required courses and field experiences, leading to a Master of Arts degree. The program is fully accredited by CORE (Council on Rehabilitation Education). Coursework is offered in a combination of face-to-face classes, which meet one evening a week, and distance learning classes, utilizing the Internet. It is typical for students to take one face-to-face and one online class each quarter. Click here for sample schedules.
Comprehensive Examination Required
This is an Option II (Non-Thesis) program - Students must pass the Program Comprehensive Exam at the end of their program.
RC 501 - REHABILITATION RESEARCH (4 Credits)
An overview of research including: design and analysis; criteria for reading and interpreting existing studies; practice in identifying issues suitable for research; formulating hypotheses and appropriate methods; and guidance in preparing a program evaluation. Emphasis is on the application of research in clinical and rehabilitation settings.
RC 579 - HUMAN GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT AND DISABILITY (4 Credits)
Examines human growth and development in the context of rehabilitation counseling. Provides a review of human development theories across the lifespan and their implications and applications with persons with disabilities.
RC 580 - THEORY OF REHABILITATION COUNSELING (4 Credits)
An introduction to major counseling theories and their application in rehabilitation settings. Emphasis on understanding and demonstrating basic helping skills in a counseling relationship with individuals with disabilities.
RC 582 - INTRODUCTION TO REHABILITATION COUNSELING (4 Credits)
An overview of the principles and practices of rehabilitation counseling, including history, philosophy, legislative influences, organizational structures, and service-delivery models. Explores various specialties within the field of rehabilitation.
RC 583 - PRACTICE OF REHABILITATION COUNSELING (4 Credits)
Application of concepts and techniques which have been introduced from major counseling theories in RC 580. Emphasis on continued development and refinement of counseling skills through advanced role-play and actual counseling with individuals with disabilities.
RC 584 - GROUP COUNSELING TECHNIQUES IN REHABILITATION (4 Credits)
Prereq: RC 580 or permission of instructor. A didactic and experiential course to introduce students to the dynamics of group counseling. The purpose, process, and techniques related to various types of groups.
RC 585 - SOCIAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND ATTITUDINAL ASPECTS OF DISABILITY (4 Credits)
An examination of the impact of disability on the individual, the individual's environment, significant others and society in general. The adjustment process that individuals and their families experience is compared and contrasted within a broader environmental context.
RC 586 - MEDICAL ASPECTS OF DISABILITY (4 Credits)
Prereq: Graduate status or permission of instructor. An examination of the etiology, prognosis, treatment, and vocational implications of major disabling conditions with an emphasis on physical and sensory impairments. Includes an introduction to medical services, restorative techniques, medical terminology, and human growth and development.
RC 587 - UTILIZATION OF TESTS AND EVALUATION TOOLS (4 Credits)
Prereq: RC 582 or permission of instructor. Gathering, analyzing, and synthesizing of vocationally relevant information for use in the rehabilitation process. Advantages and limitations of traditional psychological inventories, and various assessment tools. Emphasis on collaborative, client-centered approach to assessment.
RC 588- CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND JOB PLACEMENT (4 Credits)
Examines career development theories, occupational information, labor market trends, and meaningful employment with a career focus.
RC 589 - CASE MANAGEMENT IN REHABILITATION (4 Credits)
Examines techniques and procedures related to individualized case management and caseload management. Explores case management issues of various disability groups.
RC 591 - PRACTICUM IN REHABILITATION COUNSELING (4 Credits)
Prerequisite: B or better in RC 583 and permission of instructor. Demonstration of counseling skills with individuals with disabilities in a rehabilitation agency. Supervision by agency personnel. Repeatable to a maximum of 8 credits S/U grading.
RC 592 - INTERNSHIP IN REHABILITATION COUNSELING (1 to 8 Credits)
Prerequisite: RC 591 and permission of instructor. Demonstration of counseling skills in a rehabilitation agency with primary supervision by agency personnel. Students are required to spend significant time within an agency functioning as a professional counselor. Repeatable to a maximum of 16 credits. S/U grading.
RC 594 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION (4 Credits)
Understanding major psychiatric disorders, principles and practices of psychiatric rehabilitation. Examines the role of the rehabilitation counselor as an integral part of the treatment team.
RC 595 - COGNITIVE DISABILITIES IN REHABILITATION (4 Credits)
An examination of the etiology, prognosis, treatment, and vocational implications of cognitive disabilities.