Rehabilitative Services | Education and Human Services | SIU

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Rehabilitative Services | Education and Human Services | SIU

Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation Services undergraduate program

Rehabilitation Services The primary mission of the baccalaureate program in Rehabilitation Services is to prepare students to work with people with disabilities in a variety of settings in a wide range of positions. Students will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to assist individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain meaningful employment, to live as independently as possible, to participate to the fullest extent possible in their communities, and to assume control of their lives. These skills and experiences are facilitated through the program objectives.

Special Aspects of the program

  • Undergraduate Internship
    • The undergraduate Internships is an integral part of the total educational experience in the Rehabilitation Services program at SIU. Through their internship, students deepen their understanding of human behavior and develop and enhance skills for working with people with disabilities. Following their internships many students report an increase knowledge and understanding of the lived experiences of persons with disabilities and the agencies that support them. The rehabilitation institute currently has agreements with 44 internship sites throughout Southern Illinois. Please see the Internship Manual for more information.

Careers in Rehabilitation Services

With a degree in Rehabilitation services, employment can be found in many community-based rehabilitation programs, mental health centers, independent living, aging programs, and alcohol and substance abuse programs among others. Job titles may include:

  • Developmental Training Coordinator
  • Independent Living Specialist
  • Employment Specialist
  • Social Services Coordinator
  • Substance Abuse Technician
  • Community-Based Training Instructor
  • Case Manager
  • Job Placement Specialist
  • Residential Service Director
  • Youth Career Counselor

Alumni from this program are employed in numerous agencies including:

  • Vocational Training Programs
  • Residential Programs
  • Independent Living Centers
  • Community Mental Health Programs
  • Substance Abuse Programs
  • Assisted Living Programs
  • Residential Programs


  • Students who graduate from the Rehabilitation Services find employment in many different occupations. Average salaries for selected positions are provided. Be sure to check out the Department of Labor website for more information about employment trends, average salaries and other information.
Average Salaries
Job Title Mean Salary
Independent Living Specialist $35,460
Substance Abuse Case Worker $39,940
Child and family protective services field worker $45,750
Job Placement Specialist $41,230

Other Opportunities for graduates of the Rehabilitation Services program

  • Graduate School: Many who graduate from the Rehabilitation Services Undergraduate program continue their education by obtaining their masters in Rehabilitation Counseling, Speech Disorders and Sciences or Behavioral Analysis and Therapy.
  • Direct Support Professionals (DSPs): Many graduates of the Rehabilitation Services obtain their DSPs certification during their internship experiences. Please contact the Internship Coordinator for more information.
  • Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP): After obtaining a degree in Rehabilitation Services, one may become certified as a QIDP in the state of Illinois. Please see the Illinois Department of Human Services website for more information.

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