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Master of Science in Rehabilitation Administration

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Master of Science in Rehabilitation Administration

Program Description

The Master of Science in Rehabilitation Administration is designed for education professionals who want to work in administrative capacities at agencies or organizations that provide services to persons with disabilities.

National Reputation: The National Rehabilitation Institute at Drake University was established in 1976. The institute conducts research, manages federal research and training grants, and provides pre-service and in-service training in the areas of rehabilitation counseling, placement and leadership. Recently the institute has been a partner in a research grant and a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center grant, both funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research; a Rehabilitation Services Administration systems change grant; and an Office of Disability Employment Policy systems change grant. Throughout the years the institute has provided master’s programs, in-service training and continuing education in several states across the country. This effort has resulted in more than 400 students acquiring their master of science degrees who are now working in more than 35 states across the country.

Evidence-Based Practice Emphasis: The counselor education program trains students to use empirically supported intervention strategies. The program integrates a scientist practitioner model by fostering collaborative research between faculty and students. Upon graduation students are capable of demonstrating the effectiveness of their services.

Academic Reflection: The counselor education program prepares students to reflect on how they develop professional, ethical and conceptual interpersonal skills. Inquiry and scholarship are emphasized. Students are able to develop a capstone project that reflects their own growth and transformation across key domains.

Multiculturalism and Social Justice: Multicultural and social justice leadership competencies are emphasized in this program. The program is dedicated to promoting diversity, and the core values of multiculturalism are infused throughout the rehabilitation administration program. The program trains counselors to think and act as global citizens and value a just society.

Internship and Practicum: On-site, hands-on training is emphasized by intensive faculty guidance and supervision in small group settings (6-12 students).

Program Objectives

  1. Prepare students to enter the rehabilitation profession as qualified rehabilitation professionals as defined by the Council on Rehabilitation Education.
  2. Expose students to professional issues relevant to participation in professional associations and work settings.
  3. Involve students and faculty in local and national professional associations.
  4. Maintain accreditation from the Council on Rehabilitation Education as a means to insure the quality of students’ educational experiences.
  5. Actively recruit applicants from underrepresented groups, including people with disabilities and people from minority ethnic backgrounds.
  6. Expose students to current professional issues through courses taught by permanent faculty and through adjunct faculty and guest speakers.
  7. Actively involve people from the community on its boards. These people shall include people with disabilities; and a wide array of rehabilitation professionals.
  8. Be actively involved in the Drake University community including participating on committees, publishing scholarly research, and contributing services.
  9. Conduct area needs assessments and incorporate those results into its curriculum planning to ensure it meets the needs of local consumers and employers.
  10. Work closely with local rehabilitation agencies through in-service training, consulting, and research.

Admission Requirements: (previous degrees, exams, etc)

  • Complete and submit a Drake Graduate Admission Application.
  • Submit the $25.00 application fee (prior applicants who have previously paid the fee are not required to do so again)
  • Submit official transcripts for ALL undergraduate and graduate coursework from EVERY institution attended (even if a degree was not received and/or the information appears on another transcript). Please request all transcripts be sent directly from the institutions to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address below. Drake transcripts do not need to be requested.
  • Submit current professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • Submit a brief, typed explanation of what program you intend to pursue and why. (Applicants to the Master of Science in Education in Education Leadership, Specialist in Education in Education Leadership, Master of Science in Counseling, Master of Science in Rehabilitation Administration and Master of Science in Rehabilitation Placement programs, please see Program Specific Requirements below.)
  • Achieve the following Grade Point Average (GPA) criteria*
    • Undergraduate GPA = 2.50 (cumulative)
    • Graduate GPA = 3.00 (cumulative), if applicable
      *Students who do not meet the above mentioned GPA requirements may contact the Office of Graduate Admission for additional information.
  • Submission of two (2) professional letters of recommendation
  • Testing Requirement options:There are three testing options available to applicants.Only one of the three tests listed below needs to be completed successfully to satisfy the testing requirement. Test scores must be from within the last 5 years.
    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) - Minimum Required Scores:
      Verbal = 400 and Quantitative = 460
      Minimum Analytical Writing score of 4.0
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) - Minimum Required Score of 36 if the test was taken prior to October 1, 2004 or a score of 389 if the test was taken after October 1, 2004.
    • Drake Writing Competency Test (DWRT) - Achievement of acceptable results from the Drake Writing Competency Test administered and developed by the School of Education.
  • All Counseling programs - Applicants interested in admission to the Master of Science in Counseling, Master of Science Rehabilitation Administration and Master of Science Rehabilitation Placement programs must submit all application materials by March 1 to be considered for admission to the fall term or September 1 to be considered for admission to the spring term.
    • Statement of Interest in the Counseling program.The statement of interest in an integral part of a student's application.This statement provides the Counseling, Rehabilitation Administration, and Rehabilitation Placement program information about who you are, your goals and aspirations. It also demonstrates your writing proficiency, communication skills and organizational abilities.Therefore, both content and format of your essay are important.Your statement must not exceed five, double-spaced typewritten pages.
      Please include the following information in your statement: educational and professional background, career aspirations with a counseling degree, experience working with people who are different from you and personal characteristics that will allow you to be a successful graduate student.
    • The department will review applications completed by the deadline, and from those applications, they will choose applicants to be interviewed. Selections for open positions will be made after those interviews are complete.

Admission Policy for Graduate Work (Effective fall 2008)

  • Students may take up to two courses or 6 hours of graduate credit before admission to a graduate program. After two courses or 6 hours, students must be admitted, or further registration will not be possible.
  • Any waiver must be requested by an advisor of a specific program and approved by the Associate Dean.

Graduation Requirements

  • Number of Credit Hours required:
    This program consists of 42 hours of graduate level coursework to be earned in two to three years in a part-time evening and weekend format.
  • Required Courses:

COUN 200: Introduction to Counseling
COUN 201 Educational Research in Counseling
COUN 210 Disability Policy and the A.D.A.
COUN 220 Career Development and Occupational Information
COUN 232 Administration Fieldwork
COUN 233 Human Resources Fieldwork
COUN 237 Program Evaluation
COUN 245 Theoretical Foundations of Individual and Family Diversity
COUN 246 Medical and Vocational Aspects of Disability
COUN 263 Rehabilitation Administration
COUN 273 Professional Issues
COUN 292 Internship
EDL 243 Strategic Planning
Counseling Elective

  • Other Requirements (experiential, exams, thesis, etc.)
  • Any limitations and special policies (eg., gpa requirement, or requirements that students take certain courses at Drake):
  • GPA: Maintain a 3.0 or higher
  • Courses must be completed with a “C” or better; the cumulative grade point, however, must be a 3.0 or better.
  • Only 10 hours of graduate work may be transferred in from an accredited university.
  • Transfer and endorsement courses must be advisor approved.
  • Courses transferred in are transferred as TR (no grade) and do not effect the Drake GPA.
  • Transferred coursework must be at a B level or better.
  • Transfer credits earned before admission are counted on the following scale:
    • Courses taken 0-5 years before admission are transferred in as full credit.
    • Courses taken 6-10 years before admission are transferred in as ½ credit.
    • Courses over 10 years old are not accepted.
    • Courses that are accepted must relate to the program of study.
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