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Planning Your Program

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The following information is provided to assist students in developing their plans for their graduate programs. In addition, students should also visit the MSU Office of the Registrar Home Page for more information on courses, course fees, and scheduling.

Master of Arts (MA) Rehabilitation Counseling Program

Overview of Program Requirements


Rehabilitation counseling candidates must complete a minimum of 48 credits under Plan B (without thesis).  This includes 9 credit hours of professional courses in counseling, 18 credit hours of rehabilitation counseling core courses, 6 credit hours in research and evaluation, and 15 credit hours of practicum and internship. The program requires 2 to 3 years of academic work including summer session.  Students may pursue study on a part-time basis; however, these students usually take 3 to 4 years to complete the program.  In addition, students must submit a program portfolio that serves as the MA Certifying Exam at the end of their coursework in order to be eligible for graduation.


Course Credit Hours
1. Counseling Core. All of the following courses:  9
CEP 861 Counseling, Theory, Philosophy, & Ethics 3
CEP 862 Introduction to Individual & Group Counseling 3
CEP 864  Career Counseling 3
2. Rehabilitation Counseling Core. All of the following courses: 18
CEP 868 Medical Aspects of Disability 3
CEP 870 Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling 3
CEP 871 Cognitive & Psychological Aspects of Disability 3
CEP 872 Social & Environmental Aspects of Rehabilitation 3
CEP 873 Employment Strategies for Individuals with Disabilities 3
CEP 876 Professional Issues in Rehabilitation Counseling 3
3. Research and Evaluation. Both of the following courses 6
CEP 822 Approaches to Educational Research 3
CEP 877 Assessment in Rehabilitation 3
4. Practicum and Internship. Both of the following courses: 15
CEP 894A Rehabilitation Counseling Practicum 6
CEP 893A Rehabilitation Counseling Internship 9


*Field placements must be approved by the department.

Ph.D. Students

Students in the Rehabilitation Counselor Education program complete the following coursework in obtaining their doctoral degrees. Additional information on these courses, elective coursework, qualifying exams, and the dissertation is available in the Doctoral Student Handbook and in the the PhD Program Planning Guide.

  • 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
  • CEP 963 Ethics in Counseling and School Psychology
  • CEP 969 Clinical Supervision
  • CEP 960 Theoretical Foundations of Counseling
  • CEP 964 Practice and Profession of Rehabilitation Counseling
  • CEP 965 Psychosocial Bases of Disability and Rehabilitation
  • 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
  • CEP 903 Cognitive Development Across the Lifespan
  • CEP 905 Cultural Perspectives in Learning and Development

To assist your advisor in helping you make the best decisions regarding your program of study, use the PhD Program Planning Form found in the PhD Program Planning Guide to layout the sequence and timing of courses in your program. The PhD Program Planning Guide also contains a sample sequence of study that you may find useful in developing your program plan. You may download the form by selecting the link below.