Master of Education
Elevate your career as a qualified vocational rehabilitation specialist, and become the leader that human services organizations are looking for.
With the creation and amendment of laws regarding independent living rehabilitation and disability, there is an ever-increasing need for qualified rehabilitation counselors and related professionals. We empower human services professionals to advance their skills to deliver multidimensional rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities, impairments, addictions, as well as other medical and psychiatric conditions.
Our particular focus is to strengthen diverse representation in the industry. We train underrepresented populations to work knowledgeably in various independent, private, and public rehabilitation settings. Interested in learning more? Reach out to a faculty advisor for information about the program.
Learn how to:
- Address multidimensional needs of clients from diverse backgrounds
- Apply theory to practice in therapeutic settings
Increasing Representation in the Field
The Master of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling prepares students to meet the growing need for qualified vocational rehabilitation counselors. It builds on foundational skills learned in the undergraduate Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counseling concentration in our Applied Psychology and Rehabilitation Services programs. Starting Fall 2021, students admitted into the program will be required to enroll in the 60-hour program. The program is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
There are several specialization options within the graduate program:
- Alcoholism Counseling and Addiction Services
- Human Resource Management
- Rehabilitation Research Training
750+ Course Options
The Coppin State University Academic Catalog has a wide variety of skill-building courses designed to inspire and prepare you to be in-demand professionals and transformational leaders.
The Rehabilitation Counseling Program (RCP) is committed to preparing a diverse population of students as lifelong learners for employment in the counseling profession to: provide high quality graduate education in rehabilitation counseling leading to a Master’s Degree, which prepares graduate students to be qualified rehabilitation counselors and licensed clinical professional counselors, and; provide students with sufficient quality academic and internships, practicum, and experiential opportunities to ensure the provision of high quality professional vocational, clinical counseling, and other rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities and individuals with most significant disabilities.
The goals of the RCP are to increase the number of professional personnel available to enhance the quality of specialized counseling services to a wide and diverse group of consumer populations, and to maintain and upgrade basic skills of personnel employed as providers of vocational rehabilitation and clinical counseling services to individuals with disabilities or mental health needs.
- Training specialized professional personnel in vocational rehabilitation who are able to provide high quality vocational rehabilitation counseling and independent living services to individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with significant disabilities;
- Providing a Masters level vocational rehabilitation and clinical counseling education program to develop counselors who are trained to address the multidimensional needs of clients/consumers from diverse cultural backgrounds;
- Meeting personnel needs for vocational rehabilitation and clinical counseling personnel in the state-federal programs, community rehabilitation programs, private sector, and other rehabilitation agencies and organizations;
- Providing opportunities for national certification, state licensure, and for rehabilitation counseling and human services personnel to upgrade skills, and;
- Preparing vocational rehabilitation and clinical counselors to work in varied rehabilitation and counseling settings prepared to address professional issues, community needs, and the needs of persons with disabilities all consistent with the program’s mission and objectives.
To graduate with a Master of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling, students choose a specialization and complete 49 hours of coursework. Students pursuing coursework full-time (9 credits) can complete the program in 2 ½ years. The program requires courses in 3 areas:
- Academic studies
- Clinical work
Each chart in this section explains course offerings and requirements
Foundation Courses (6 credits)
|Introduction to Rehabilitation
Theories and Techniques of Counseling
Core Courses (21 credits)
|Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
Psychiatric Aspects of Disability
|Legal and Ethical Issues for the Professional Counselor
|Seminar in Occupational Information and Rehabilitation Placement
|Community Resources in Mental and Physical Health
|Casework and Caseload Management
Measurement and Research (6 credits)
|Research Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (requires REHB 582 as a prerequisite)
|Vocational Evaluation and Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities
Field Work and Internship (10 credits)
|Practicum (requires REHB 526 as a prerequisite)
Internship I (200 clock hours-supervised agency training)
|Internship II (200 clock hours-supervised agency training)
|Internship III (200 clock hours-supervised agency training)
Recommended Electives (6 credits)
** Licensure courses may be used to meet electives requirements.
|Sign Language I
|Sign Language II
|REHB 602 **
|Foundations of Forensic Rehabilitation Counseling I
|REHB 603 **
|Foundations of Forensic Rehabilitation Counseling II
|REHB 604 **
|Law and Forensic Rehabilitation Consultant
|REHB 605 **
|Orientation to Forensic Vocational Practice
|Organization and Administration of Counseling and Rehabilitation Programs
|PSYC 501 **
|Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities
|PSYC 529 **
|Seminar in Human Growth and Development
|PSYC 612 **
|PSYC 625 **
|Psychotherapy and Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders
|Counseling and Spirituality
|PSYC 645 **
|Professional Counselor Internship I
|PSYC 646 **
|Professional Counselor Internship II
Required Research for Program Completion
To complete the program, students must choose a research option, Option I or Option II. All degree-seeking students must complete a research option:
- Option I: Coursework and research
- REHB 581 Research Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits), in addition to the completion of the comprehensive examination.
- Option II: Coursework and master’s thesis
- REHB 581 Research Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
- REHB 582 Seminar Rehabilitation Research (3 credits)
- REHB 583 Thesis Project I (3 credits)
- REHB 584 Thesis Project II (3 credits)
Note: Any graduate student who has not completed a basic undergraduate or graduate statistics course with a B or better must take EDUC 581, Statistics in Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Field work and Internship
The field work experience complements academic coursework. It allows students to apply theory to practice by earning clinically supervised hours in therapeutic settings. Students currently employed in a rehabilitation setting may use their job site as an approved field work facility. To satisfy the field work component, students must complete a practicum and internship.
The practicum component requires completion of:
- REHB 525, Practicum (1 credit)
- 100 clock hours of supervised clinical experience in a rehabilitation setting
The internship component requires completion of:
- REHB 526, Internship I and 200 clock hours of supervised clinical experience (3 credits)
- REHB 527, Internship II and 200 clock hours of supervised clinical experience (3 credits)
- REHB 528, Internship III and 200 clock hours of supervised clinical experience (3 credits)
Students must have earned at least 150 clock hours of supervised clinical experience in a rehabilitation setting to successfully complete each of the internship courses.
Program specializations allow students to pursue further study into a specific area of rehabilitation and human services.
Human Resource Management
This specialization prepares students to be rehabilitation counselors who qualify for administrative roles in human services agencies. Coursework focuses on human resources, employment and training, as well as public administration, and also includes a practicum in human resources administration.
Students generally follow the Rehabilitation Services graduate curriculum, with the addition of 18 credit hours in the specialization and 90 clock hours of supervised clinical experience. Each student receives a personalized program plan based on their particular area of interest and foundational knowledge.
|Public Employment Policy Analysis
Labor Market Theory and Analysis
|Human Resources Program Management
|Practicum in Human Resources Administration ( 90 clock hours-supervised field experience)
|Research for Planning
Master's coursework also provides opportunity for students to earn a specialized certificate: