Plan of Work

Overview of Coursework

The Master of Arts Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling offers training with emphasis in the following areas:  Career Development, Job Placement and Supported Employment and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. Specific emphasis is provided in the following disabilities:

  1. Psychiatric Disabilities
  2. Dual Diagnosis Disorders
  3. HIV/AIDS
  4. Trauma and Mental Health
  5. Offender Reintegration

In addition, students will gain an increase level of knowledge in incorporating Hope and Positive Psychology, Motivational Interviewing and Narrative Therapy as part of the counseling process. Rehabilitation counseling candidates must complete a 60 semester hour program. This includes 16 credit hours of professional courses in counseling; 29 credit hours of rehabilitation course work; 6 credit hours of educational evaluation and research course work; and 9 credit hours in practicum and internship.  Students can pursue study on a full-time or part-time basis.  

Recommended Curriculum Sequence

Year I: Fall Semester

  • RCI 7410 Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling
  • RCI 7420 Medical Aspects of Disability
  • CED 6080 Theories of Counseling

Year 1: Winter Semester

  • RCI 7450 Employment for Persons with Disabilities
  • RCI 7480 Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
  • CED 7080 Career Development and Counseling
  • RCI 7510 Special Topics in Rehabilitation Counseling: Diagnosis, Intervention and Treatment Planning

Year 1: Spring / Summer Semester

  • RCI 7470 Family and Community Support for Inclusion
  • CED 7000 Introduction to Group Work
  • CED 7010 Group Work Participation

Year II: Fall Semester

  • CED 7730 Cultural & Diversity Issues in Mental Health Treatment & Research
  • RCI 7120 Vocational Assessment and Life Planning
  • RCI 7510 Special Topics in Rehabilitation Counseling: Integrating Hope and Positive Psychology, Motivational Interviewing and Narrative Therapy into the Counseling process
  • RCI 7510 Special Topics in Rehabilitation Counseling: Elective

Year II: Winter Semester

  • RCI 7150 Rehabilitation Counseling Professional Roles
  • RCI 7510 Special Topics in Rehabilitation Counseling: The Impact of Trauma on Adjustment and Coping
  • EER 7640 Fundamental Research Skills

Year II: Spring / Summer Semester

  • ED 7990 Thesis: Final Project
  • CED 7040 Techniques of Counseling

Year III: Fall Semester

  • RCI 7430 Practicum in Rehabilitation Counseling

Year III: Winter Semester

  • RCI 7460 Internship in Rehabilitation Counseling

Elective Courses:

  • RCI 7510 Special Topics in Rehabilitation Counseling (1 or 2 credit workshop) - Substance Abuse, Blind/Visually Impaired, and Deaf / Hard of Hearing