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            MS: Rehabilitation Administration

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            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.

            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 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

            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

            Application Details

            • Applications for this program are accepted for fall and spring start terms, with the following deadlines. All materials must be postmarked by the identified dates: 
              • Spring start-term: September 1
              • Fall start-term: March 1
            • Upon the receipt of transcripts, an advisor will complete a transcript evaluation in order to determine any credit or course substitutions/transfers. 
            • Begin the application process on the School of Education's admission page. Questions regarding the application process can be forwarded to the Coordinator of Graduate Admission at soegradadmission@ or 515-271-2552.

            Program Admission Requirements

            This program has indicated specific essay requirements. This essay replaces the general admission essay required for other programs.

            The paper should be a 5-page, double spaced statement of interest in the counseling profession.  It should include the following information:

            • Educational and professional background
            • Career aspirations with a counseling degree
            • Experience working with people who are different from you
            • Personal characteristics that will allow you to be a successful graduate student


            To request more information, send correspondence to counselored@.  

            Doris Brunnette

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