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General Requirements

Doctoral applicants to the Rehabilitation Counseling area of specialization are expected to have completed a master’s degree from a CORE or CACREP accredited rehabilitation counseling program. They will be encouraged to enroll in new course content areas that were not addressed in their master’s training (e.g., Habilitation Strategies, Substance Abuse). Applicants with a master’s degree in counseling, psychology, or other human service field are required to consult with his/her advisor regarding master’s level courses specific to rehabilitation counseling that may need to be completed in addition to the usual doctoral studies.

Candidates are reviewed according to:

  • Undergraduate and graduate grade point averages
  • Relevance of previous academic study
  • Professional employment history
  • Rationale for doctoral study
  • Letters of recommendation (minimum of three from former professors and supervisors)
  • Results of the GRE
  • A personal interview

The faculty are particularly interested in the recruitment of qualified students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, as well as students with disabilities.

Cirriculum Requirements

The Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program requires approximately two to three years of full time coursework plus a dissertation. Students share a portion of their coursework with the other specializations in counseling (e.g. School Psychology), and with other units in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education. Students in the Rehabilitation Counselor Education program complete the following coursework in completing their doctoral degrees. Additional information on these courses, elective coursework, qualifying exams, and the dissertation is available in the Doctoral Student Handbook.

For brief descriptions of the courses outlined below, please visit the Course Descriptions page.