Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Rehabilitation Counseling and Rehabilitation Counselor Education

Mission of the
RCRCE Program

Doctoral Student CohortThe Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Counseling and Rehabilitation Counselor Education is designed to prepare culturally competent students to work as counselor educators, researchers, clinicians, and supervisors in academic and non-academic settings. In addition to establishing a core foundation in rehabilitation counseling and research, major emphasis is provided in the area of Trauma and Trauma Informed Care. Program graduates have assumed professional roles as faculty, senior administrators

The doctoral program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Learning Objectives

  • To increase students’ knowledge of the role and functions of rehabilitation counselor educators, researchers, and counselors.
  • To equip students with unique counseling and research skills to provide effective rehabilitation counseling, education, and research within a cultural context.
  • To prepare students to obtain content knowledge in cultural diversity, trauma informed care, and additional expertise in specific areas in rehabilitation education.
  • To equip students with knowledge, skills, and experience, to increase the body of research addressing diversity, social justice, and disability issues.
  • To prepare students to address professional issues and become leaders and research in rehabilitation counselor education and disability research in rehabilitation counselor education and disability research through professional associations, publications, and professional development.