Rehabilitation Counselor Education

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Area Coordinator
James Schaller

The Department of Special Education offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Rehabilitation Counselor Education Concentration (RCE). The RCE program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).  The RCE Master’s concentration prepares students to assist individuals with disabilities in gaining vocational, economic, and functional independence. Students in this program are prepared to advocate for equality, social justice and quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

The Rehabilitation Counselor Education Master's program provides students with evidence-based skills, knowledge, and competencies to work with individuals with disabilities. Students learn to work with individuals with severe and multiple disabilities, with an emphasis on cultural and linguistic diversity. Coursework may be used in preparation for becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).

In addition, our program provides opportunities for students to participate in advanced research. Our research focus aims to improve the quality of life and opportunities for persons with disabilities in order to shape the rehabilitation counseling profession.


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Gene I. Brooks


Researches substance abuse among the visually impaired and teaches courses in special education and rehab counseling methods, theories, medical aspects of disability, and practice.

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Brian R. Bryant

Research Professor

Serves as a fellow in the Mathematics Institute of the Meadows Center and researches the support needs for those with disabilities and assistive technology applications.

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James Schaller

Associate Professor

Investigates issues in social justice and rehabilitation systems in relation to gender, race, and disability, and transition into employment from special education.