Master of Science (M. S.) in Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management

The Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management Program focuses upon providing training for students who are interested in working with the physically and emotionally disabled. This program also requires extensive field experience.  The Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management is a fifty-two (52) semester hour program within the Department of Counseling and is professionally accredited by The Council on Rehabilitation Counselor Education (CORE).  Traditional and hybrid (partially online) classes are held at the Warner Robins Center.

The M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management also is offered as a fully online program. The requirements are the same as they are for the traditional program. Internships and practica will be supervised via virtual technologies for students who are unable to interact with campus evaluators face-to-face.

The mission of the Rehabilitation Counselor program is to prepare professional rehabilitation counselors with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes in order to work effectively with individuals who have physical, mental, or emotional disabilities. The goal of the program is to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve, to the fullest capacity, vocational, social, psychological and economic independence, and improved quality of life. The vigor of the program is one of both autonomy and empowerment in which individuals with disabilities exercise the utmost control over their lives.

The graduate training model utilized within the Rehabilitation Counselor Training Program will assist students to acquire a thorough understanding of the medical and psycho social impact of disability on all areas of the consumer’s life, including vocational and independent living, as well as provide the student with a solid skill and knowledge base in counseling theories and techniques, case management models and procedures, service coordination, career exploration, job development, job placement, and assistive technology. Further, students will become familiar with the historical components and various legislative and philosophical underpinnings of the Vocational Rehabilitation System. Graduates of the Rehabilitation Counseling program are eligible to sit for the national certifying examination in order to obtain the Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC) credential. In addition, graduates of the Rehabilitation Counseling program are eligible for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in the State of Georgia after gaining appropriate supervised practice and passing the State Composite board Examination for Professional Counselors.

The specific objectives of the RCCM program are:

  1. To provide a quality curriculum representative of the skills and competencies needed to serve consumers with disabilities in a variety of
    settings and capacities;
  2. To provide academic and experiential opportunities in accordance to standards established by Fort Valley State University, departments, and appropriate accrediting and certifying agencies;
  3. To provide opportunities for students to be interactive with individuals with various types of disabilities;
  4. To make our program accessible to persons from diverse backgrounds;
  5. To make the Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management Program more visible at local, state, national, and international levels;
  6. To provide quality clinical counseling skills development and ethical training for students

Practicum and Internship

The practicum and internship are designed to give the student practice in the delivery of services to individuals with disabilities. In addition, the student must provide services to consumers with disabilities under the supervision of a qualified professional who has been designated as the agency field instructor. Two copies of the field instruction application should be completed and returned to the Field Instruction Coordinator for approval. The applications for practica and internships should be made one term prior to the semester in which the student anticipates participating in these experiences.  Late applications may be considered for the following semester.

The student must have a 3.0 GPA or above overall before taking the practicum & internship.  Additionally for the internship, the practicum must be completed with a grade of B or above and at least 75% of coursework must be completed with a 3.0 GPA or above.

Requirements are mandated by CORE (Council on Rehabilitation Education):

  • The Practicum is 100 hours of observation and activities in a professional Rehabilitation setting
  • The Internship is a full 600 hours of indirect and direct service (at least 240 hours) to clients in a professional Rehabilitation setting.*
  • Students can split the 600 hour Internship into two semesters if desired with 300 total hours and 120 hours of direct service per semester.
  • Required Courses for Practicum:
    • RCCM 5403- Intro to Rehab
    • RCCM 5413- Intro to Case Management
    • COUN 5623- Counseling Theories & Process
    • RCCM 5423- Medical Case Management
    • COUN 5633- Group Theory & Process
  • Required Courses for Internship:
    • RCCM 5403- Intro to Rehab
    • RCCM 5413- Intro to Case Management
    • COUN 5623- Counseling Theories & Process
    • RCCM 5423- Medical Case Management
    • COUN 5633- Group Theory & Process
    • RCCM 5441 – Practicum
    • 75% of all other coursework completed

Upon entering the Rehabilitation Counseling program, each student will be assigned an academic advisor. The academic advisor and student will jointly develop a program of study based on program requirements and the student’s area of interest. The program will contain both an academic and clinical component consisting of forty-one (45) semester hours of course work and seven (7) semester hours of practicum and internship. The program may be completed on either a part-time or full-time basis. Full-time students, averaging 9-12 hours per semester, typically complete the program in approximately two-years including summers.

Fully Online Program

Students may pursue Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management as a fully online program. For details especially related to being an online student, refer to or go directly to

Summer Scheduling: Courses offered in the summer term are determined on a yearly basis, and published during the spring term. Students should be aware that summer school courses may be canceled if the minimum enrollment is not met.

The Rehabilitation counseling and Case Management Program to be followed by students starting in Summer 2014 includes:

First year, Fall
RCCM 5403 Introduction to Rehabilitation* 3 hours
RCCM 5413 Introduction to Case Management* 3 hours
RCCM 5432 Psychiatric Rehabilitation 3 hours
COUN 5623 Counseling Theories & Process * 3 hours
FVSU 0500 Graduate Orientation (Required) 0 hours

First Year, Spring
RCCM 5423 Medical Case Management* 3 hours
RCCM 5452 Rehabilitation Assessment & Evaluation 3 hours
RCCM 5483 Cultural Diversity in Counseling 3 hours
RCCM 5473 Introduction to Rehab Tech 3 hours
COUN 5633 Group Theory & Process* 3 hours

Summer Electives

Second Year, Fall
RCCM 5463 Vocational Rehabilitation 3 hours
COUN 5533 Fund. of Statistics & Measurement 3 hours
RCCM 5441: Practicum 1 hour
RCCM 6001 Comprehensive Review 0 hours

Second Year, Spring
RCCM 5421 Lifespan Development in Rehabilitation 3 hours
RCCM 5464 Private Sector Rehab 3 hours
RCCM 5452 Research & Program Evaluation 3 hours
RCCM 5706 Rehabilitation Internship 6 hours

Suggested Electives
RCCM 5800 Special Topics -Afterlife Care 3 hours
COUN 5542 Fundamentals of Research 3 hours
COUN 5443 Career Development 3 hours

* Courses required before taking the practicum & internship and students must
have a 3.0 or above.

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