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Rehabilitation Counseling

Program and Mission

The program is designed to be flexible so that it may meet the needs of individual students. Students may emphasize their interests through the Field Experience, the Practicum, and the selection of elective courses. Students may strengthen their skills in counseling persons with mental illness or mental retardation. They may develop skills in Orientation and Mobility that will allow them to assist persons who are blind or visually impaired to move about safely in their environment.


The program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) and the Orientation and Mobility component is approved by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation for Persons who are Blind or Visually Impaired (AER).


The mission of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program is to train effective rehabilitation counselors who can function effectively as counselors and as service coordinator/consultants for persons with disabilities. These two complementary functions must be performed effectively with persons who present a wide variety of disabling conditions, treatment and/or training needs, and vocational goals. The functions must be performed effectively within a full spectrum of differences with regard to age, culture, ethnicity, race, and gender.



For more information about the Rehabilitation Counseling Program please contact


Rehabilitation Counseling Program
South Carolina State University
300 College St.
Orangeburg, SC 29117-0001
(803) 536-8600 e-mail: dstaten@scsu.edu / csligh-dewalt@scsu.edu