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Rehabilitation & Disability Studies

Rehabilitation & Disability Studies

Rehabilitation & Disability Studies Major

Our Rehabilitation & Disability Studies program examines the experience of the individual with a disability in the context of their environment and life. You will learn how to become a rehabilitation professional who works with the individual and their disability in order to identify and achieve their personal goals.

The Rehabilitation & Disability Studies bachelor's degree has two concentrations to select from, each of which requires 44 semester hours for the major. The concentrations are:

Students generally begin the program at the beginning of the second semester of the sophomore year or the beginning of the junior year. The program of study concludes with an internship the last semester.

What can you do with this degree?

Settings where you can use this include:

  • community support services
  • addictions counseling
  • mental health and independent living services

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Hands-On Experience

Designed for students who seek to work in a variety of careers serving others - people with disabilities and/or individual with substance use disorders - our program also prepares you to pursue graduate work in mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling, and addiction counseling. Get more info about classes and learning opportunities by exploring the degree requirements.

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Scholarships are available to students studying in programs of counselor education. You may be eligible for specific scholarships to prepare you for your career in RDS and general ESU scholarships through the Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Services.

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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
(off of the ESU main campus)
1601 State St., Emporia
The Earl Center, Upper Level