MS: Rehabilitation Placement

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‌The Master of Science in Rehabilitation Placement is a graduate degree program with a blend of coursework and field experience designed to provide a foundation in the purpose, process and skills of placement.

Program Highlights

  • Accredited degree program earned in two to three years in a part-time evening and weekend format.
  • Consists of 42 hours of graduate-level coursework.
  • Program includes two fieldwork experiences and an internship.
  • Full Library research database available with off-campus access.

Required Courses

  • COUN 200   Introduction to the Counseling Profession
  • COUN 201   Educational Research in Counseling
  • COUN 210   Disability Policy and the A.D.A.
  • COUN 215   Theoretical Foundations of Individual and Family Counseling
  • COUN 220   Career Development and Occupational Information
  • COUN 224   Assessment of Individuals and Families
  • COUN 228   Psychopathology and Psychiatric Disabilities
  • COUN 233   Human Resources Fieldwork
  • COUN 245  Theoretical Foundations of Individual and Family Diversity
  • COUN 246   Medical and Vocational Aspects of Disability
  • COUN 260   Counseling Practicum
  • COUN 265   Advanced Placement
  • COUN 270  Advanced Practicum
  • COUN 292   Internship
  • Counseling Elective

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.


The Rehabilitation Counseling specialization is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). The School Counseling specializations are approved by the State of Iowa. The Mental Health Counseling specialization is designed to meet all the academic requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor


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