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Rehabilitation Counseling Masters Program

Program Mission and Objectives

The Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling education program is founded on the mission to promote quality rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities through the education of rehabilitation professionals, provision of rehabilitation continuing education, and through research related to rehabilitation.

It four main program objectives:

  1. Provide a high quality educational program that results in students successfully entering the field of Rehabilitation Counseling.
  2. Effectively recruit and educate students from diverse backgrounds.
  3. Facilitate access to graduate education by obtaining funds to financially support students.
  4. Contribute to the body of knowledge in the Rehabilitation Counseling field.

Student Learning Objectives

Students enter the Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling education program to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions for ethical practice in the field. Student learning objects for the program are as follows:

Knowledge: Students will demonstrate mastery of the following knowledge domains
  1. History, Philosophy, and Context of Rehabilitation Counseling Practice
  2. Social and Cultural Diversity
  3. Human Growth and Development
  4. Career Development
  5. Counseling and Helping Relationships
  6. Group Counseling and Group Work
  7. Assessment and Testing
  8. Research and Program Evaluation
  9. Medical & Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
  10. Ethical Practice
  11. Case Management and Service Provision
Skills: Students will demonstrate mastery of the following clinical skills
  1. Individual Counseling Skills
  2. Group Counseling Skills
  3. Application of Knowledge Domains in Clinical Service
  4. Case Conceptualization
Attitudes: Students will exemplify the dispositional elements necessary for ethical practice
  1. Respecting human rights and dignity
  2. Ensuring the integrity of all professional relationships
  3. Acting to alleviate personal distress and suffering
  4. Enhancing the quality of professional knowledge and its application to increase professional and personal effectiveness
  5. Appreciating the diversity of human experience and culture
  6. Advocating for the fair and adequate provision of services

Assessment Plan

Student knowledge, skills, and dispositions are measured on numerous levels in the program (e.g., individual objectives within courses, by course grades, by performance in supervised clinical settings, and performance on certification / licensure examinations). The following table provides the Program Objectives and Learning Objectives, and the points of assessment for each student (e.g. course, examination, clinical experience, etc.)

Program Objectives
  Objective Point of Assessment
1 Provide a high quality educational program that results in students successfully entering the field. Student Course Evaluations, CRC Exam Pass Rate, Employment Rates, Time to Graduation, National Ranking, Accreditation Status, Faculty Observations
2 Effectively recruit and educate students from diverse backgrounds. Number of Students from underrepresented populations.
3 Facilitate access to graduate education by obtaining funds to financially support students. Total Amount in Training Grants.
4 Contribute to the body of knowledge in the Rehabilitation Counseling field. Faculty productivity in professional publications and professional presentations.
Learning Objective: Demonstrate Mastery of Knowledge Domains
  Objective Point of Assessment
1 History, Philosophy, and Context of Rehabilitation Counseling Practice REH 6100, REH 6240, REH 6140, REH 6170, CRC Exam
2 Social and Cultural Diversity REH 6220, REH 6140, REH 6170,CRC Exam
3 Human Growth and Development REH 6260, REH 6140, REH 6170,CRC Exam
4 Career Development REH 6160, REH 6140, REH 6170,CRC Exam
5 Counseling and Helping Relationships REH 6200, REH 6130, REH 6140, REH 6170, CRC Exam
6 Group Counseling and Group Work REH 6250, REH 6140, REH 6170, CRC Exam
7 Assessment and Testing REH 6210, REH 6190, REH 6140, REH 6170, CRC Exam
8 Research and Program Evaluation REH 6230, CRC Exam
9 Medical & Psychosocial Aspects of Disability REH 6110, REH 6120, REH 6140, REH 6170, CRC Exam
10 Ethical Practice REH 6240, REH 6140, REH 6170, CRC Exam
11 Case Management and Service Provision REH 6150, REH 6140, REH 6170, CRC Exam
Learning Objective: Demonstrate Mastery of Clinical Skills
  Objective Point of Assessment
1 Individual Counseling Skills REH 6130, REH 6140, REH 6170
2 Group Counseling Skills REH 6250, REH 6140, REH 6170
3 Application of Knowledge Domains in Clinical Service REH 6140, REH 6170
4 Case Conceptualization REH 6200, REH 6130, REH 6140, REH 6170
Learning Objective: Exemplify the Dispositional Elements Necessary for Ethical Practice
  Objective Point of Assessment
1 Respecting human rights and dignity REH 6240, REH 6130, REH 6210, REH 6250, REH 6140, REH 6170
2 Ensuring the integrity of all professional relationships REH 6240, REH 6130, REH 6210, REH 6250, REH 6140, REH 6170
3 Acting to alleviate personal distress and suffering REH 6240, REH 6130, REH 6210, REH 6250, REH 6140, REH 6170
4 Enhancing the quality of professional knowledge and its application to increase professional and personal effectiveness REH 6240, REH 6130, REH 6210, REH 6250, REH 6140, REH 6170
5 Appreciating the diversity of human experience and culture REH 6240, REH 6130, REH 6210, REH 6250, REH 6140, REH 6170
6 Advocating for the fair and adequate provision of services REH 6240, REH 6130, REH 6210, REH 6250, REH 6140, REH 6170
Student Satisfaction with the Program
Objective Point of Assessment
Students will find their overall experience in the program to be one of support, growth, and preparation to attain their professional goals. Post-graduation satisfaction surveys

Outcomes Data:

Note: Student Course Evaluations are on a 5-point scale.

Program Objectives
  Objective Outcome Data
1 Provide a high quality educational program that results in students successfully entering the field. Student Course Evaluations:
CRC Exam Pass Rate: 94%  (National Average is 77%)
Employment Rates: 95%
Average Time to Graduation: 2.6 years
National Ranking: 10th (U.S. News and World Report)
Accreditation Status: CORE Accreditation through 2018
Student Retention: 93%
2 Effectively recruit and educate students from diverse backgrounds. 12 Students identify as coming from underrepresented populations.
14 Students identify as having a disability.
37% of students identify as coming from an underrepresented population and / or having a disability.
3 Facilitate access to graduate education by obtaining funds to financially support students. Faculty have obtained training grants to financially support students totaling $4,200,000 ($847,000 annually).
4 Contribute to the body of knowledge in the Rehabilitation Counseling field. From 2013-2016 the three faculty in the Rehabilitation Counseling program have produced 33 publications (18 Peer Reviewed, 15 Non-Peer Reviewed) and conducted 60 professional presentations (40 Peer Reviewed, 20 Invited)
Learning Objective: Demonstrate Mastery of Knowledge Domains
  Objective Outcome Data
1 History, Philosophy, and Context of Rehabilitation Counseling Practice Average Course Evaluation:  4.18
CRC Exam Pass Rate: 94%
2 Social and Cultural Diversity Average Course Evaluation:  4.18
CRC Exam Pass Rate: 94%
3 Human Growth and Development Average Course Evaluation:  4.13
CRC Exam Pass Rate: 94%
4 Career Development Average Course Evaluation:  4.33
CRC Exam Pass Rate: 94%
5 Counseling and Helping Relationships Average Course Evaluation:  4.28
CRC Exam Pass Rate: 94%
6 Group Counseling and Group Work Average Course Evaluation:  4.63
CRC Exam Pass Rate: 94%
7 Assessment and Testing Average Course Evaluation: 4.02
CRC Exam Pass Rate: 94%
8 Research and Program Evaluation Average Course Evaluation:  4.28
CRC Exam Pass Rate: 94%
9 Medical & Psychosocial Aspects of Disability Average Course Evaluation:  4.12
CRC Exam Pass Rate: 94%
10 Ethical Practice Average Course Evaluation:  4.18
CRC Exam Pass Rate: 94%
11 Case Management and Service Provision Average Course Evaluation:  4.48
CRC Exam Pass Rate: 94%
Learning Objective: Demonstrage Mastery of Clinical Skills
  Objective Outcome Data
1 Individual Counseling Skills Average Course Evaluation:  4.38
CRC Exam Pass Rate: 94%
2 Group Counseling Skills Average Course Evaluation:  4.63
CRC Exam Pass Rate: 94%
3 Application of Knowledge Domains in Clinical Service Average Course Evaluation:  4.55
CRC Exam Pass Rate: 94%
4 Case Conceptualization Average Course Evaluation:  4.28
CRC Exam Pass Rate: 94%
Learning Objective: Exemplify the Dispositional Elements Necessary for Ethical Practice
  Objective Outcome Data
1 Respecting human rights and dignity Average Course Evaluation:  4.33
2 Ensuring the integrity of all professional relationships Average Course Evaluation:  4.33
3 Acting to alleviate personal distress and suffering Average Course Evaluation:  4.33
4 Enhancing the quality of professional knowledge and its application to increase professional and personal effectiveness Average Course Evaluation:  4.33
5 Appreciating the diversity of human experience and culture Average Course Evaluation:  4.33
6 Advocating for the fair and adequate provision of services Average Course Evaluation:  4.33
Student Satisfaction with the Program
Objective Outcome Data
Students will find their overall experience in the program to be one of support, growth, and preparation to attain their professional goals. Data on student evaluations are available here.   Note that our most current data from student evaluations combine all three of our graduate programs.

Data-Based Decisions:

  1. Based on a review of the quantitative data collected, a primary decision has been to keep the primary structure of the program intact.
  2. Based on anecdotal evidence provided by faculty regarding the challenge of mastering the case conceptualization process, the program adopted a single process for teaching case conceptualization and implemented it across multiple courses.
  3. Based on anecdotal evidence provided by faculty regarding the challenges of teaching writing skills, the program faculty are developing a systematic writing instruction program that will be used across multiple courses.