Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Counseling Education

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78 credit hours minimum
Comprehensive exam
Dissertation and oral defense

The purpose of the doctoral program is to prepare leaders in the field of rehabilitation counseling at the highest level of training. Illinois Institute of Technology faculty view rehabilitation counseling as a specialized area of professional counseling practice in which the major goal is to assist a person with a disability or chronic illness to move to psychological and economic independence.

The mission of the Rehabilitation Counseling Education Program at Illinois Tech is to offer a student-focused and research-based curriculum that prepares doctoral-level students to become professional counselor educators trained to perform advanced-level counseling, post-secondary teaching, clinical supervision, research, scholarship, leadership, and advocacy activities. 

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 54 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.


Statistics and Research Design (12)
PSYC 540Research Methods3
PSYC 545Graduate Statistics I3
PSYC 546Graduate Statistics II3
PSYC 554Survey:Multivariate Statistics3
Rehabilitation Core (9)
PSYC 566Addictive Behavior/Behavior Ch3
PSYC 577Professional & Ethical Issues3
PSYC 588Graduate Psychology Seminar3
Experiential Components of Rehabilitation Counseling Education (9)
PSYC 549Practicum Rehab Mental Health3
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 589Rehab Internship III9
Elective Courses (15)
Select 15 credit hours from the following courses:15
Medcl Aspects of Dsblng Cond3
Assess Rehab/Mental Hlth Cslng3
Theories of Psychotherapy3
Evidence-Based Practice3
Applied Counseling Techniques3
Job Placement3
Human Growth & Career Develop3
Rehab/Mental Health Cnslng Res3
Rehab Engineering Technology I3
Psychiatric Rehabilitation3
Research Courses (24)
PSYC 691Research and Thesis Ph.D.24
Total Credit Hours78