Consideration is given to the applicant’s previous academic and professional experience. There should be in each applicant’s background a pattern of experience that supports his or her expressed desire to pursue advanced graduate studies in rehabilitation counseling. Appropriate evidence of such experience should be reflected in the applicant’s letters of recommendation.
The following are factors significant in determining ultimate acceptance as a candidate:
- A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field from an accredited institution, with a grade point average of 3.00 (B) or better in the last two years of undergraduate study.
- A written statement of academic goals and career objectives that is 1-2 pages single-spaced, typed in length, that describes the applicant’s professional goals as they relate to the MA program in Rehabilitation Counseling.
- Three letters of recommendation, with at least two from professors and/or employers.
- Scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test if the applicant’s grade point average is below 3.00.
Grade Point Requirement for GRE
Applicants with grade-point averages of less than 3.00 (B) in their last two years of undergraduate study must also submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test (subject test scores not required). Additional application information and materials can be found at the CEPSE Department’s application page.
All of the following courses are required.
CEP 861 – Counseling Theories (3 cr.)
Selected counseling theories. Foundations of ethical decision-making. Professional standards, guidelines, and issues concerning the training and work of the counselor. Legal issues and precedents. Students will grasp central elements of each theory, learn philosophical foundations of counseling & ethical behavior, learn applicable codes of ethics, analyze real & hypothetical cases, and identify implications of legal doctrines & precedents.
CEP 862 – Individual Counseling and Helping Relationships (3 cr.)
Counselor skill in individual counseling. Forming, working with, and ending sessions, with clients, building relationships, handling obstacles, and developing & carrying out agendas in counseling. Simulated individual counseling practice will be stressed. Students will understand helping process as it relates to various relevant populations, learn basic individual counseling skills and techniques, and demonstrate learned skills through taped & live simulations.
CEP 864 – Career Counseling (3 cr.)
The application of career development theories and labor market and occupational information in the assessment and planning aspects of career counseling with various populations. Students will develop an understanding of theories and patterns of career development, knowledge of resources for career exploration, and skills in assisting individuals in vocational decision-making.
CEP 878 – Group Counseling & Group Work (3 cr.)
This course provides an overview and basic knowledge of group work, group theories, counseling theory, dynamics, approaches, process, development, characteristics, as well as types of groups. In addition, knowledge on pertinent factors that affect effective groups, including therapeutic factors of group leaders will be discussed. Unique factors and critical issues, including ethics, culturally relevant, disability and special population that affect group design and facilitation will be discussed. Finally, experiential opportunities to practice as a group leader as well as a group member will be incorporated throughout weekly lectures and assignments.
HDFS 810 – Theories of Human Development (3 cr.)
Introduces students to major theories of human development and systematically examine classic theories of human development, some important modern developments and critical cultural perspectives in our increasingly more diverse world.
Rehabilitation Counseling Core
CEP 868 – Medical Aspects of Disability (3 cr.)
Course focuses on functional implications of physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities for rehabilitation. Students will develop an understanding of the medical and characteristics of impairments frequently encountered by rehabilitation professionals. Students gain familiarity with medical terminology and the roles of health personnel.
CEP 870 – Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling (3 cr.)
Course focuses on rehabilitation counseling history, philosophy, values, legislation, policy and practice. Students will become knowledgeable about the foundations of the profession, including an examination of current issues, community resources, services and processes, and the roles of rehabilitation counselors and related rehabilitation specializations in the rehabilitation process.
CEP 871 – Cognitive & Psychological Aspects of Disability (3 cr.)
Psychosocial adjustment to chronic illness and disability. Students will develop an understanding of cognitive and psychological characteristics of impairments frequently encountered by rehabilitation professionals. Course examines personal attitudes, feelings, and behavior toward persons with various characteristics. Content includes mental health diagnosis, etiology, and treatment models and methods.
CEP 872 – Social & Cultural Diversity (3 cr.)
Social and political factors that limit individuals with disabilities. The Independent Living movement, philosophy, legislation, and services. Use of accommodations and enabling technology. Attitude change and client empowerment. Students will develop understanding of independent living and rehabilitation from a consumer perspective and come to recognize their responsibility to advocate for social and political change as well as provide professional counseling services. Develop basic knowledge of and skill in using assistive technology.
CEP 873 – Employment Strategies (3 cr.)
Public policy, resources, and intervention strategies for assisting persons with disabilities to achieve vocational outcomes, and for assisting employers in accommodating and retaining employees with disabilities. Students will develop knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to assist clients in seeking and maintaining employment; identify employment opportunities; develop reciprocal relationships with employers, and provide reasonable accommodations.
CEP 874 – Counseling Ethics (3 cr.)
Ethical issues in counseling and provides general and specific guidance for ethical conduct in clinical practice, awareness and skills for thinking ethically and ethical decision-making through reading, in-depth group discussion, and analysis of ethics cases.
Research and Evaluation
CEP 822 – Approaches to Educational Research (3 cr.)
Rationale for empirical studies in education and rehabilitation counseling. Emphasis on alternative approaches and uses of inquiry through case examples. Students will be able to distinguish among alternative approaches to conception, design, analysis, and use of research via case examples.
CEP 877 – Assessment in Rehabilitation (3 cr.)
Advanced assessment techniques and strategies for rehabilitation settings. Applied research and program evaluation in rehabilitation counseling. Measurement concepts as a foundation for selecting and interpreting tests.
Practicum and Internship
CEP 894A – Rehabilitation Counseling Practicum (3 cr.)
Students obtain supervised counseling experience in a rehabilitation related service setting in order to develop skills, knowledge and behaviors appropriate for effective counseling relationships. Group seminars practice skill development in problem identification, problem solving, and assessment and case management based on the identification of client assets, needs and preferences. Students gain experience with various disabling conditions and are coached in the use of interviewing and counseling behaviors in order to develop effective strategies for client services.
CEP 893A – Rehabilitation Counseling Internship (12cr.)
Supervised internship in rehabilitation or related service systems for persons with disabilities. Students develop and demonstrate clinical and case management skills along with the appropriate professional interrelationships required of interdisciplinary rehabilitation practices. Competencies in all areas of the rehabilitation process: assessment, evaluation, counseling, service provision, resource utilization, community liaison, job development and placement, follow-up, program development and documentation must be demonstrated within the course of the internship. Participation in monthly seminars and current topics forum provide group supervision for clinical and case service as well as exploration of emerging professional and ethical issues.
Field placements must be approved by the department
Graduate Level Electives (6 cr.)
Graduate level coursework as approved by program and student’s faculty advisor