The Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program (RCEP) is an online program that prepares rehabilitation professionals as well as individuals new to the field to work effectively with persons with disabilities in the rehabilitation service delivery system. The program is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
The RCEP is conducted entirely online in both synchronous (meeting 1x/week) and asynchronous formats. Synchronous classes usually begin at 4:30 p.m. (HST) to accommodate working students. In addition, students participate in 3 semesters of field experiences in their own communities.
Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program (RCEP) prepares graduate students to become successful practitioners and administrators in the field of vocational rehabilitation. This 48-credit distance education program leads to a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science, with a specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling. The RCE program requires 3 years of enrollment (6 credits/semester) in a hybrid online environment.
RCEP is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) sets the standard for quality rehabilitation counseling services in the United States and Canada and has developed its credentialing process to protect individuals with disabilities. Graduates of the HRC program are eligible to take the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination; and the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE).
RCEP graduates may also apply for State of Hawai‘i licensure as a Mental Health Counselor, provided they complete (1) the required post-graduate direct counseling work, (2) face-to-face clinical supervision within a two year period, and (3) pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE).
Student Outcomes, Enrollment and Employment Opportunities
Students in the RCEP benefit from a culturally-diverse student body, faculty and staff. The outcome of this type of experience is graduates who are prepared to work in a society with clients representing a wide range of backgrounds and beliefs (including individuals with disabilities, veterans, injured active duty service members, and citizens with cultural and language differences.
There are currently 16 students in this program (3 cohorts). In addition, 6 students graduatd from this program in Spring 2018. The mean GPA of the Cohorts between 2009 - 2014 was 3.84 on a 4.0 scale. Graduates from the program work in a variety of public, non-profit, and private employment settings. These settings have included state and federal vocational rehabilitation agencies, mental health and substance abuse programs, community rehabilitation programs, veteran affairs offices, psychiatric and physical rehabilitation hospitals, and independent living agencies. The following table provides a breakdown of program statistics:
|# Students Entered Program||12||15||9||11||10||8||5||7||7|
|# Current Students by Cohort||0||1||6||8||8||6||4||5||7|
|# Students Graduated from Cohort||12||13**||5||8||8||6||-||-||-|
Retention Rate (Grad/entered)
|Mean GPA at Graduation||3.75||3.81||3.92||3.93||3.82||3.96||-||-||-|
|Average Time to Completion (years)||3||3.4||3||3||3.07||3||-||-||-|
|CRC Pass Rate||100%||100%||100%||75%||100%||100%||-||-||-|
Job Placement/Employment Rate (w/in 6 mos. grad)
*Combined Sp2010 and F2010 Cohorts
** Includes students who have graduated + 3 who are projected to graduate in F2013
*** Did not start cohort in 2011
( - ) Information not yet available (e.g., students still in program)