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Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

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Rehabilitation PhD

Ph.D. Students

The doctoral level program in rehabilitation counseling is designed to prepare individuals for professional careers as educators and researchers in the field of rehabilitation counseling. The Rehabilitation Counseling Program at MSU was established in 1956 and since that time has awarded over 1300 M.A.'s and 175 Ph.D.'s. Doctoral graduates from this program have gone on to key leadership positions and made many substantive contributions to the field. Nationally, the employment outlook for graduates completing the doctoral degree in rehabilitation counseling appears very strong based on an increased emphasis on the professional preparation of practitioners at the pre-service level, the critical need to advance our research-based technology in serving people with disabilities, and the many challenges ahead in the ongoing development of our service delivery systems. The rehabilitation counseling profession is currently in great need of a new generation of rehabilitation educators and researchers, and we want to contribute to meeting that need. Applicants are expected to have completed a master's degree from a CORE accredited rehabilitation counseling program and to have the equivalent of two years of full time work experience in the field or in a related human service area.

Applicants with a master's degree in counseling, psychology, or other human service field will also be considered. It should be noted that this program is not a clinical program and does not prepare candidates for licensure as psychologists in the state of Michigan.

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Points of Distinction

Apply Cutting Edge Research
Support diverse learners and provide meaningful access to the curriculum through the use of assistive technology, instructional supports, and accommodations
Collaborate With Peers
Share resources and expand content knowledge and skills through peer interaction
Gain Meaningful Experience
Complete projects and clinical experiences in your own classroom or school under the guidance of special education Faculty members and supervision of qualified personnel

This Program By the Numbers

of our graduates received a pay increase for obtaining their Master’s degree in special education
graduate credits can be applied toward a masters degree in special education if you are a former MSU intern
of required courses for the MA degree in special education (LD) are taught by tenure stream Faculty

I am so fortunate to have been a part of Michigan State University’s MA program with an endorsement in ASD, one of the most elite special education programs within the nation. I loved how the program is entirely online, as it allowed for me to have flexibility within my full-time teaching schedule, while still learning from the most prestigious professionals within the field. The courses not only helped me build a solid foundation of autism, but also learn several evidence-based practices that I currently use with my students everyday. If it was not for this program, I would not be where I am today.

Megan Sidge

ASD teacher at Hickory Woods Elementary

Points of Distinction

of our courses are fully online
Credit program




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