Rehabilitation Counselor Education
MS, Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science
Primarily graduates are employed as Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors for state vocational rehabilitation agencies, community rehabilitation agencies, Veterans Affairs, tribal rehabilitation counseling agencies, and private for profit rehabilitation agencies. Other graduates are serving as disability specialists at community colleges, employment specialists, etc.
Our program is typically 48 credits (3 years). Some students wish to pursue a licensure in mental health counseling. In order to do so, they would need to take an additional 12 credits and do additional fieldwork under a licensed mental health professional.
You are eligible to apply if you meet the following criteria:
- US National (including natives of American Samoa or Swain’s Island)
- US permanent resident with an I-151, I-551, or I-551C
Students receiving scholarship assistance through RSA must “payback” to their communities this back by working for in a State VR agency or qualifying, a non-profit rehabilitation agency, or a related agency. For every year of scholarship assistance received, the employment obligation is the Full time (FT) equivalent of 2 years. The RSA scholar must “payback” two years in qualifying employment. For example, a student receiving scholarship assistance for all 3 years of the RCE program must work in one of the above agencies for 6 years.
The RSA scholar has two years after graduation to attain gainful employment in the field. Payback begins immediately upon the completion of the training and lasts the duration of the employment obligation.