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. The program is recognized as one of the best in the nation in U.S. News & World Report Graduate Education Program Ranking Guide.
Mission Statement and Program Objectives
The mission of the Michigan State University Rehabilitation Counselor Education Doctor of Philosophy degree program is to prepare graduates to work as rehabilitation counselor educators, supervisors, researchers, and practitioners in academic and clinical settings. The program is designed to: (a) extend the knowledge base of the rehabilitation counseling profession in a climate of scholarly inquiry, (b) prepare students to inform professional practice by generating new knowledge for the profession, (c) support faculty and students in publishing and presenting the results of scholarly inquiry, and (d) equip students to assume positions of leadership in the rehabilitation counseling profession. CACREP accreditation denotes a commitment to program excellence and indicates to the public at large that the MSU RCE PhD program is fulfilling its commitment to educational quality.
The Michigan State University Rehabilitation Counselor Education Doctor of Philosophy degree program addresses professional roles in five doctoral core areas: counseling, supervision, teaching, research and scholarship, and leadership and advocacy. These five doctoral core areas represent the foundational knowledge required of our program graduates. The five specific objectives of the MSU RCE PhD degree program are as follows:
To facilitate student acquisition of knowledge and skills related to counseling including theory, client conceptualization, evidence-based practice, effectiveness, and ethical and cultural considerations.
To facilitate student acquisition of knowledge and skills related to clinical supervision including purposes, models, roles, skills, assessment, administration, legal and ethical issues, and cultural considerations.
To facilitate student acquisition of knowledge and skills related to teaching including roles, pedagogy, learning models, curriculum design, online instruction, assessment, mentoring, and ethical and cultural considerations.
4. RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP
To facilitate student acquisition of knowledge and skills related to research and scholarship including research design, statistical design, scale development, program evaluation, publication and presentation, use of human subjects, grant development, and ethical and cultural considerations.
5. LEADERSHIP AND ADVOCACY
To facilitate student acquisition of knowledge and skills related to leadership and advocacy including theories, skills, development, administration, consultation, social justice, and ethical and cultural considerations.
The Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counselor Eduation Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
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. We are preparing the next generation of rehabilitation educators and researchers.