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Rehabilitation & Disability Studies undergraduate programs

Programs + Internship

Rehabilitation & Disability Studies is available as a major and a minor. RDS offers students a comprehensive yet practical foundation of principles, strategies, and experiences to facilitate employability in the broad fields of rehabilitation and human services. The program provides undergraduate training in rehabilitation and disability studies for those students who plan either to enter the work force upon graduation or do graduate work in counseling.

Where is rehabilitation practiced?

The need for rehabilitation services continues to grow exponentially. Rehabilitation graduates have the opportunity to enter careers in diverse fields, such as:

  • Community Support Services
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling
  • Mental Health
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Student Services
  • Residential Care
  • Supported Employment
  • Independent Living Services
  • Services to the Elderly
  • Child and Family Services
  • Corrections
  • Therapeutic Recreation

Why Emporia State?

  • low student to professor ratio
  • experienced faculty
  • high demand for qualified professionals
  • diverse clinical experiences
  • individual career guidance

Graduates of the Rehabilitation & Disability Studies program can be eligible for the Kansas Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC) credential.

Where is the Rehabilitation & Disability Studies program located?

We are located in The Earl Center, located off of State Street across from Hammond Park. The street address is 1601 State Street.

Mission and Objectives

The mission of the Rehabilitation & Disability Studies program is to prepare undergraduate rehabilitation professionals to work in a variety of human service settings that provide support services to and with individuals with disabilities. Frequently, these settings focus on supporting individuals obtain employment, participate in the community, and develop as much independence/inter-dependence as possible.

The primary objectives of the Rehabilitation & Disability Studies program are:

  • to prepare students to assume positions as rehabilitation service specialists in a variety of human service settings; and
  • to prepare students to enter graduate study in Rehabilitation Counseling and related professional service fields.

RDS Student Manual.pdf

Internship Information

One of the main objectives of the rehabilitation program internship is to provide practical application of the undergraduate training experience. Such a program brings together in a realistic setting the diverse kinds of client behavior, and problems, with which a rehabilitation specialist is concerned

RDS students are expected to serve a minimum of 600 clock hours for six hours of undergraduate credit. The student intern will work during the agency’s regular working hours. If the student’s internship is scheduled for two semesters, they work 20 hours per week for 30 weeks. In order to understand the scope of services and the problems of service delivery, students are expected to meet the requirements by working in only one field setting.


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Mailing Address

Department of Counselor Education
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4036
Emporia, KS 66801

Physical Address

Department of Counselor Education
(on the ESU main campus)
1701 Morse Road
Visser Hall, 3rd Floor