Stephen F. Austin State University

Rehabilitation Services

Welcome to the Undergraduate Rehabilitation Services Training Program

Rehabilitation services personnel assist persons with disabilities in achieving their greatest physical, mental, social, educational and vocational potential. Since 1972, graduates of our program have been working with persons with disabilities in state rehabilitation agencies, rehabilitation facilities, independent living centers and school districts across the United States.

Undergraduate Degree

The rehabilitation services coursework includes 18 hours of core courses and 21 hours of additional rehabilitation courses, plus 12 semester hours from special education, rehabilitation or speech-language pathology courses. A six-hour practicum course gives students hands-on experience working with persons with disabilities. A summer internship provides a wonderful opportunity to work full time in a rehabilitation agency or facility and apply the knowledge gained in the classroom.

The program features three concentrations: deaf services, orientation and mobility, and rehabilitation services.

Degree Map

Experiential Major Matrix Brochure

Minor in Addiction Studies

In addition to the undergraduate degree in rehabilitation services, SFA offers a minor in addiction studies. The 21-hour minor lays the foundation for students wishing to complete further coursework to obtain the Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor credential. The minor consists of the following courses: RHAB 2320, 2322, 3381, 4322 and 3383 (six hours) as well as HLTH 3351.


The mission of the rehabilitation services program at SFA is to provide rehabilitation education, research and community services that are in the forefront of the rehabilitation field and that foster practical leadership in our students at both the bachelor's and master's degree levels. At the bachelor's level, we focus on case management and prepare qualified rehabilitation professionals to work in a wide variety of community rehabilitation programs, nongovernmental organizations,and other facilities. We also prepare students to enter graduate school. At the master's degree level, we focus on counseling skills and prepare our students to become vocational rehabilitation counselors in the state-federal rehabilitation system.

Both our undergraduate and graduate programs have the following objectives:

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Our program endorses the philosophy that rehabilitation is an empowering process in which persons exercise control over their own lives. It adheres to concepts of the holistic nature of people, self-responsibility for health promotion and wellness, the uniqueness of each individual, equal opportunity for health care, and social and economic involvement for all persons with disabilities. These concepts form the philosophical basis for coursework that prepares students to provide vocational guidance, rehabilitation case management, and job development and placement services for persons with any type of physical, mental, emotional or social disability. The following nine statements represent beliefs of the faculty that guide program development and delivery with the rehabilitation services program.

  1. We believe every person with a disability has the civil and moral right to live as independently as possible.
  2. We believe every program graduate, at whatever level of training, has the responsibility to advocate for the civil and moral rights of persons with disabilities.
  3. We believe that every program graduate should possess the competencies necessary for effecting independent functioning of people with disabilities.
  4. We believe that every program graduate should possess the ability to critique and modify their performance relative to the needs of the field and the current state of the art in the field.
  5. We believe that the knowledge from the rehabilitation services program should be shared with other programs, departments and constituents that deal with people with disabilities.
  6. We believe that we should have a leadership role at the regional and national levels in terms of advocacy, training and research for the advancement of the field of rehabilitation.
  7. We believe in the removal of all barriers (attitudinal, educational, vocational, social, architectural, etc.) affecting individuals with disabilities.
  8. We believe in the equitable admission of all qualified minority students with the assumption that the program quality for all students will be maintained or enhanced from this effort.


The curriculum combines academic theory and technique courses with hands-on practicum and field-site internship experiences. In addition, students will have the opportunity to become certified job coaches, thus having a marketable skill in working with people with disabilities.

The faculty of the rehabilitation services program place very high value on the exposure of students to a broad spectrum of rehabilitation, professional organizations, interdisciplinary professional activities, and advocacy and consumer groups in the field of rehabilitation. This is done through guest speakers working in the field, professional conferences and research opportunities.

Clinical Practicum in Rehabilitation

All rehabilitation majors are required to take six semester hours of practicum in RHAB 3685 - Clinical Practicum in Rehabilitation. Twelve hours a week are spent in a practicum setting and two hours a week are spent in seminar. Practicum experiences are gained at local rehabilitation service agencies and programs in the Nacogdoches community.

Students have opportunities to work with people with disabilities at locations such as the Job Club at the Nacogdoches Treatment Center, Goodwill Industries, the Women's Shelter of East Texas and the Burke Center's Cornerstone early intervention programs and psychosocial programs.

Undergraduate Rehabilitation Internship

The internship experience is an extremely valuable one for rehabilitation majors. It provides supervised practical work experience in rehabilitation services agencies in Texas and the Southwest. This learning environment allows the student to apply personal values, theory and a philosophy of working with persons with disabilities. Internships take place at such agencies as Goodwill Industries, the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, the Transitional Living Center in Galveston and the Texas Institute of Rehabilitation Research in Houston, as well as at facilities in Colorado, New Mexico and Arkansas.

Career Options

Employment Settings

For Future Students

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