The Program Overview

  • The Department of Rehabilitation Services offers two undergraduate degree programs, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Rehabilitation Services the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Rehabilitation Psychology. The graduate degree program offers the Master of Science (M.S.) in Rehabilitation Counseling. An overview of each program can be found below.

    Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Rehabilitation Services

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    Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Rehabilitation Psychology  

    The Rehabilitation Services Program and the Rehabilitation Psychology both lead to the Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree. This four year course of study prepares students to become entry level rehabilitation professionals and to successfully assume the role of care professionals in mental health centers, intellectual disability centers, chemical dependency treatment centers, and similar human service agencies.

    Two distinct options are offered for the Rehabilitation Services degree: one for those students interested in pursuing careers in the behavioral science orientation of rehabilitation, e.g., counseling, or vocational employment; the other for students interested in pursuing careers in the allied health fields, e.g. occupational therapy or physical therapy. The Rehabilitation Psychology undergraduate degree is designed for those students who wish to pursue graduate work in psychology.

    The student is initially provided with a liberal arts foundation that includes the arts, the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. Upon this foundation is built a basic understanding of the physiological and psycosocial concerns which affect individuals with disabilities. The student acquires skills, such as counseling, assessment, and case management. Mastery of these skills and the related knowledge provides the student with the means to assist individuals with disabilities to lead more productive and satisfying lives. Well planned use of electives and the field work allows for some specialization. A 300 clock hour field work experience (6 credits) is provided under the supervision of field counselors in human service agencies primarily in Maryland. These intensive practical experiences frequently lead to entry level professional jobs, since the field work is completed during the senior year. Students are encouraged to participate in volunteer activities and courses providing an opportunity for involvement with disabled individuals to augment skills and knowledge gained through the 39 credit hour major core requirements.

    Master of Science (MS) in Rehabilitation Counseling

    Educational objectives: The program is designed to provide rehabilitation education and training to meet the needs of a diverse and global labor market. The curriculum includes job placement counseling of people with disabilities; provides for the infusion of rehabilitation technology across the curriculum; and prepares students to work in a variety of allied health and human service professions. Learning about assistive/adaptive and other relevant technology will make a difference in counseling about quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Students will be trained for future leadership positions in the rehabilitation and the health care industry.

    General Requirements: The UMES Graduate Program in Rehabilitation Counseling has established a program based on the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) guide-lines and State of Maryland professional counselor licensure criteria. Emphasis is placed on competencies that prepare graduates for a career path that includes direct service competencies and administrative functions. The universal CORE-based curriculum prepares graduates to apply for rehabilitation counselor certification (CRC). Program graduates will be prepared for employment in the State-Federal rehabilitation system, e.g., Maryland Department of Rehabilitation Services, Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) such as private foundations and associations, private sector rehabilitation among many venues focused on serving individuals with disabilities and their families. Work settings for graduates of the Rehabilitation Counseling program include federal/state public rehabilitation, private practice, community rehabilitation centers, hospitals, schools, colleges, universities, industry, insurance companies, legal offices, corrections, treatment programs, centers for independent living (CILs), and rehabilitation centers. Additionally, students will be prepared to comply with the federal mandate on Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) for the state-federal system of vocational rehabilitation.


    The curriculum is consistent with the standards of the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) and the Standards of Practice as set forth by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC). 

    Credit and Courses: The academic program requires 48 credit hours (16 courses) and can be completed in four regular semesters, plus summer and winter sessions by full-time students. Although priority will be given to full-time students, part-time students and non-rehabilitation graduate students may register for any courses if space is available.  The length of time it will take for a part-time student to fulfill requirements for graduation is contingent upon how many credit hours they are able to take each semester. A comprehensive written exam is required. Students must earn a minimum grade of B (3.0) in every course. 

    Student audience and enrollment estimates A maximum of fifteen full-time students will be admitted each fall semester.  Recruitment strategies include: outreach to all local, regional, national, and international persons regardless of disability, class, economic status, age, gender, ethnicity, race, cultural status, or nationality. Additionally, outreach to underserved populations will include those referenced in Section 19 of the 1998 Amendments of the Rehabilitation Act (culturally diverse groups).

  • Department of Rehabilitation
    University of Maryland Eastern Shore