The Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program is a 48-hour CORE accredited program until 2016. In the Spring of 2017, the program will become CACREP accredited. With 12 additional hours, students can also obtain the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential. SFASU Rehabilitation Counseling graduates are highly sought after to work in State agencies and other rehabilitation settings. The program has been awarded a federal training grant that provides financial support for a limited number of students in the program.
Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program is to provide rehabilitation education, research, and community services that are in the forefront of the rehabiliation field and that foster practical leadership in our students. We prepare qualified rehabilitation professionals at both the bachelors and masters degree level.
The Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program strives to achieve the following objectives:
- Train students in the effective delivery of rehabilitation services to individuals with physical, mental, and sensory impairments
- To emphasize the acquisition of competencies in the broad field of rehabilitation
- To train students to be professional counselors who will be equipped with skills to assist persons with disabilities in meeting their personal goals
- To provide continuing education to state rehabilitation services and other rehabilitation personnel for further skill development and completion of a degree
Rehabilitation Counseling emphasizes empowerment of individuals with disabilities to maximize employability, attain economic self-sufficiency, independence, inclusion, and integration into American society. The philosophical foundation of rehabilitation counseling includes the belief in advocacy and the rights of people with disabilities. Rehabilitation counseling emphasizes integration and inclusion, focusing on assets of people, and assisting in the pursuit of independence. By moving from a status of dependence to a status of independence, personal adjustment and/or the opportunity to succeed economically, via employment, can be achieved. A rehabilitation counselor is a special type of professional counselor who helps evaluate and coordinate needed services to assist people with disabilities in coping with limitations caused by such factors as cognitive and learning difficulties, environmental and societal discrimination and barriers, psychological conflict/distress, or loss of physical/functional ability. (Council on Rehabilitation Education, 2014)
The skills and techniques used by a Rehabilitation Counselor include:
- assessment and appraisal
- career counseling
- individual and group counseling
- interventions intended to facilitate adjustment to disability
- case management and service coordination
- advocacy to remove environmental, employment, and psychosocial barriers
- program evaluation and research
- job development and placement services
The RCEP is fully accreditated by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). Accreditation authenticates the educational standards established by the profession. The SFASU RCEP received accreditation in 1996 and has maintained full accrediation since that time.
CORE Standard A.5 Information
Potential students should demonstrate a strong desire to work with individuals with disabilities. Preferred undergraduate degrees include rehabilitation services, psychology, sociology, social work, special education, or other related human service fields. Students from other undergraduate majors who have personal or volunteer experience in working with individuals with disabilities will be considered. Admission criteria and application procedures can be found on the Counselor Education Programs website.
The RCEP has received a grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration to offer specialized curricula in Rehabilitation Counseling. Students selected to receive the grant receive a stipend each semester of enrollment to use toward books, tuition, and educational expenses. The grant is repaid through a post graduate service commitment in which students are employed in as Rehabilitation Counselors. Students may also receive financial aid through the SFASU Financial Aid Services. A limited number of Graduate Assistantship positions are available through the Graduate School.
The estimated cost of full time (9 hours) attendance is approximately $3000 a semester, plus tuition and fees. The tuition calculator can be used to determine the cost for a specific number of hours per semester.
Exact sequencing of classes will be determined based upon full or part time attendance and any leveling courses that may be required. The following is an example of a full time student who enters in the fall semester.
A full description of courses can be found on the Graduate Courses page.