Course Delivery

The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 90 graduate semester hours. Most students complete their course work in three years and require another year to complete the dissertation requirement. If a student has not completed the rehabilitation counseling master's degree curriculum, these courses or their equivalencies also are required. The adviser and curriculum plan committee will determine what courses must be taken to correct deficiencies. This curriculum ensures exposure to vocational rehabilitation as well as independent living rehabilitation processes, concepts, programs, and services. 

Courses & Concentration Requirements

Required Courses

Each student is required to submit a curriculum plan called the Plan of Study, which is reviewed annually. The rehabilitation counseling faculty conducts an annual review of each student. Retention in the program is dependent upon satisfactory progress as stated in departmental requirements for maintaining candidacy.  Two forms are used to document individual plans of study: the general plan of study, for students who have a master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling; and a deficiency coursework form, for students who do not have a master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.

Department Core

RCE:7255  Advanced Career Development and Counseling (or equivalent) 3 s.h.
RCE:7353  Advanced Counseling and Psychotherapy 3 s.h.
RCE:7357  Advanced Group Counseling and Psychotherapy 3 s.h.
RCE:7400  Seminar: Ethics and Issues in Counseling. 3 s.h.

Program Requirements

Students are expected to have completed core rehabilitation counseling requirements during master's degree work (see "M.A. in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling" above). The advisor and program faculty determine which master's-level courses must be taken to correct deficiencies. Students also must complete the following.

RCE:7360  Advanced Practicum in Counseling 3 s.h.
RCE:7369  Advanced Seminar in Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology 3 s.h.
RCE:7380  Practicum in College Teaching 1-3 s.h.
RCE:7385  Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 3 s.h.
RCE:7450  Advanced Social Psychology of Disability 3 s.h.
RCE:7454  Supervision Theory and Practice 3 s.h.
RCE:7455  Supervising the Counseling Practicum 3 s.h.
PSQF:6217  Seminar in College Teaching 1-3 s.h.


Students plan a minor area in collaboration with their major advisor and curriculum plan committee. The minor area must be outside the department. Students select a minimum of 9 s.h. of course work in the minor area, in collaboration with their minor advisor and with the approval of their curriculum plan committee.

Required Clinical Work/ Practical Tools

RCE:7360 Advanced Practicum (prereq: RCE:5248 or RCE:5249) 3 s.h.
RCE:7380 *Practicum in College Teaching (prereq PSQF:7385) 1-3 s.h.
RCE:7455 Practicum in Clinical Supervision I (prereq: RCE:7454) 3 s.h.
RCE:7455 Practicum in Clinical Supervision II (prereq: RCE:7454) 3 s.h.
PSQF:6217 *Seminar in College Teaching 1-3 s.h.
EALL:7475 *Ph.D. ePortfolio in College Teaching .

*Required coursework for Graduate Certificate in College Teaching

RCE Doctoral Research Requirements

RCE Doctoral Research Requirements

Comprehensive Examination

Comprehensive exams will be taken over three areas: Rehabilitation Counselor Education, Counselor Education, and the student’s minor area. Comprehensive exam questions will be administered as a take home exam by the student’s Comprehensive Exam Chair. The student will have 3.5 days to complete the three parts of the exam and return the written responses.


The dissertation is a major research study planned in collaboration with the student's major advisor. At least two rehabilitation counseling faculty members serve on the dissertation committee; one of them chairs or co-chairs the committee.

RCE:7493  Ph.D. Thesis 10-15 s.h.