Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Counseling Education

96 credit hours minimum
Comprehensive exam
Dissertation and oral defense

The mission of the Rehabilitation Counseling Education program is to prepare students to perform a vital role as counselor educators who have specialized knowledge and skills in order to train students who will provide both mental health and/or rehabilitation service delivery. Therefore, the objectives of the program are:

  1. To train Ph.D. level rehabilitation counselor educators who in turn will train people to work with people with severe disabilities
  2. To provide students with a thorough grounding in rehabilitation and counseling philosophy, practices, research, and processes
  3. To prepare students for professional services and leadership within the field of rehabilitation counseling education

Students will receive outstanding and intensive training in all aspects of rehabilitation counseling. The program integrates teaching and research experience, focusing on rehabilitation counseling education. Students develop teaching skills through curriculum development, course instruction, and clinical supervision of master's students in Illinois Institute of Technology's rehabilitation counseling program. Education and training experiences are based in the scientific process of counseling research. Such training begins in the first year working with faculty on their projects and continues up to conducting their own research.

The program of study provides for the equivalent of two years (four semesters) of full-time coursework and supervised experience, in addition to the completion of dissertation research. Students take 72 credit hours of coursework (15 of which can be transferred from a qualifying master's degree program) plus 24 credit hours of dissertation work. Students must successfully pass both oral and written comprehensive exams.


Foundations of Human Behavior (12)
PSYC 501Biological Bases of Behavior3
PSYC 502Social Bases of Behavior3
PSYC 503Learning and Cognition3
PSYC 504Individual and Cultural Differences3
Statistics and Research Design (12)
PSYC 540Research Methods3
PSYC 545Graduate Statistics I3
PSYC 546Graduate Statistics II3
PSYC 554Survey of Multivariate Statistics3
Rehabilitation Core (15)
PSYC 566Addictive Behaviors and Principles of Behavior Change3
PSYC 573Psychosocial Bases: Disability and Behavior3
PSYC 575Adult Career Development and Vocational Behavior3
PSYC 577Professional and Ethical Issues in Rehabilitation and Counseling3
PSYC 588Graduate Psychology Seminar3
Experiential Components of Rehabilitation Counseling Education (9)
PSYC 549Practicum in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling3
PSYC 586Concepts of Supervision3
PSYC 588Graduate Psychology Seminar (Curriculum Development and Practice Teaching)3
Internships (9)
Students are required to complete three internships that total 600 hours in three of the following areas: research, teaching, supervision, counseling, and/or leadership and advocacy.
PSYC 589Rehabilitation Internship III9
Elective Courses (15)
Select 15 credit hours from the following courses:15
Medical Aspects of Disabling Conditions3
Assessment in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling3
Theories of Psychotherapy3
Evidence-Based Practice in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling3
Applied Counseling Techniques: Group Counseling3
Job Placement3
Human Growth and Career Development3
Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Research Seminar3
Rehabilitation Engineering Technology I: Survey of Interdisciplinary Application of RET3
Psychiatric Rehabilitation3
Research Courses (24)
PSYC 691Research and Thesis Ph.D.24
Total Credit Hours96