Course of Study
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The Western Oregon University program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) through 2016. This distinction attests that the program meets standards required of all certified rehabilitation counselor education programs throughout the United States.Class schedule and course sequencing
Generally, classes during the first fall, winter and spring term, as well as the second fall, are held two full days per week with a few evening, half-day, or all day classes. Each term is 10 to 11 weeks long. (The first summer term is required for RCD students and is explained above.) The second summer term requires attendance of all RCE students three days a week for six-weeks. Winter and spring terms of year two generally require students attend two on-campus internship classes per term. Internship requires full time participation (32-35 hours per week). Year two students take 9 credit hours of RC 610 Internship both winter and spring terms. All classes listed below are 3 credits unless otherwise specified.
CAUTION: Due to the intensity of full-time graduate coursework and assignments, students are asked NOT to work more than 20 hours per week their first year of study. Internship (winter and spring terms of year 2) requires 32-35 hours a week to successfully complete 600 clock hours including 240 direct client contact hours.
The program offers three tracks:
- Rehabilitation Counseling (RC) option. Graduates of this option provide counseling and consultative services to the general population of persons who have disabilities.
- Rehabilitation Counseling for the Deaf (RCD) option is one of three deafness specialty programs in the United States. Graduates plan to seek employment as counselors or consultants for culturally Deaf people, deafened individuals, and persons who are hard-of-hearing.
- The mental health counseling (MHC) track: graduates of this track are eligible to seek licensure as a licensed professional counselor nationwide in mental health settings
All three tracks share core classes, but students specializing in deafness are assigned to specifically focused practicum and internship experiences coupled with additional requirements. All RCD students must demonstrate proficiency in American Sign Language. The MHC students are required an additional 9 credits of Psychology courses.