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November 11, 2014

Dr. James Schaller, director of the Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program (RCEP) in the Department of Special Education, has received a $950,000 five-year federal grant. An award from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) within the U.S. Department of Education, the grant will fund training for master’s level rehabilitation counselors within the College of Education.

The RCEP master’s degree has been in existence since 1963, and received its first external funding in 1967. The RCEP is nationally accredited through the Council on Rehabilitation Education and offers coursework leading to a master’s of education (M.Ed) degree. Consisting of 48 hours of academic coursework and practical experience, the RCEP master’s concentration prepares students to assist people with disabilities in gaining vocational, economic, social, and functional independence.

RCEP students have access to paid internships thanks to an interagency contract with the Texas Division of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services. Coursework may be used in preparation for becoming a licensed professional counselor (LPC) or a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC). The employment rate for graduates of the RCEP is over 95%.