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RCA Requirements & Coursework

In Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration, one may specialize in Rehabilitation Counseling or Rehabilitation Administration. However, specializing in one does not preclude you from taking courses in the other; it would just add course work on top of the existing degree requirements.

The doctoral program is based on the philosophy that each student enters the program with unique strengths and abilities and individual career and professional goals. Therefore, beyond the required courses, each student is expected to build a program based on prior academic preparation, previous work experiences and future career expectations.

Required courses in the Research Development and Utilization component, and the Professional Issues and Methods component must be completed with a grade of no less than B prior to taking Preliminary Comprehensive Examinations . With the approval of the Advisor and Graduate Studies Director , any of these courses, or a verified equivalent taken within the master's degree, may be brought in as part of the doctoral program of study.

The course of study requires a minimum of 96 post-baccalaureate semester hours, of which up to 30 hours of didactic coursework may be brought in as part of an approved Master's degree program. Further, 24 are dissertation hours, and 9 hours are supervised teaching and research. The remaining hours are fulfilled by required and elective courses. The student's preparation at the master's level will be evaluated by the Academic Advisor and the RCA Coordinator.

1. Research Development and Utilization (minimum 20 hours): Includes the following requirements:

EPSY 506 (4) - Inferential Statistics
EPSY 507 (4) - Multiple Regression
REHB 588 (3) - Seminar in Rehabilitation Research

In consultation with their advisors, doctoral students must take at least 9 elective credit hours in research. A non-inclusive list of such courses includes these:

REHB 509b (3) - Group Experimental Designs
REHB 578 (3) - Program Evaluation
EPSY 580 (2-29) - Advanced Seminars
BA 575 (3) -Seminar in Multivariate Statistics
EAHE 587 (3) - Introduction to Qualitative Research

2. Professional Issues and Methods in Rehabilitation (minimum 15 hours): Includes the following requirements:

REHB 571 (3) - Advanced Disability Seminar
REHB 581 (3) - Legistative, Legal & Ethical Issues in Rehabilitation
REHB 574 (3) - In-Service Training, College Teaching & Professional Presentations
REHB 519 (3) - Cross-Cultural Rehabilitation
REHB 589 (3) - Seminar in Co-occurring Disabilities

3. Specialty Area: The student focuses on one of the following specialty areas:

Rehabilitation Administration Specialty

REHB 513 (3-4) - Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
REHB 576 (3) - Development and Supervision of Rehab Employees
REHB 578 (3) - Program Evaluation
REHB 582 (3) - Seminar in Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation Counseling Specialty

REHB 589 (3) - Seminar in Supervision
REHB 592 (3) - Professional Supervision: Supervision of Master's RCT students
REHB 592 (6) - Professional Supervision: Teaching of CORE Rehabilitation Counseling courses

4. Supervised Professional Experiences (9 hours minimum): Teaching, research, or service with major advisor.

REHB 592 (9) - Professional Supervision (see specification of hours in the Rehabilitation Counseling specialty).

5. Dissertation (minimum 24 hours):

There is no upper limit on dissertation hours, but only 24 hours may be counted toward the 96-hour minimum. A maximum of 6 hours may be completed prior to admission to candidacy.

REHB 600 (24) - Dissertation

A list of courses in the Behavior Analysis and Therapy PhD.