B.S.E. in Special Education & Rehabilitation (Rehabilitation emphasis)

The Rehabilitation Program was formally established in 1962 and endorsed by the Arizona Board of Regents as the only such program in the state of Arizona to meet rehabilitation education, research and service needs within Arizona and the nation. The program prepares professionals to address, in some capacity, the service needs of adult individuals with disabilities. The Rehabilitation Program offers undergraduate and graduate courses leading to bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in rehabilitation.

Mission Statement

To develop and offer rehabilitation education, research, and community services of excellence that will lead to leadership and practice that is in the forefront of the rehabilitation field. The Rehabilitation Specialty within the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies in the University of Arizona College of Education offers undergraduate and graduate courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees preparing qualified rehabilitation professionals.

Undergraduate Program in Rehabilitation

Undergraduate studies in rehabilitation provide individuals preparing to become human service workers with a comprehensive knowledge of the rehabilitation process and the service delivery skills needed to assist consumers with disabilities in achieving their individual goals. The UA rehabilitation emphasis became a charter member of the Undergraduate Registry of the Commission on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) in 1999. Students are admitted after two years of general college-level study. The bachelor of science degree sequence prepares students for entry level positions as a job placement specialist, case manager, independent living center staff person, mental health worker, group home worker, supported employment specialist, and job coach to name a few. Because of recent mandates that state rehabilitation agencies hire only qualified rehabilitation counselors, students are encouraged to continue on for their master's degree in rehabilitation counseling and attain national certification as a rehabilitation counselor. Undergraduate students must complete 120 units to graduate, including a minimum of 42 upper division credits.

Interested in applying?

For more information about the program and the application process, please complete the General Information Session online and then call (520) 621-7865 to schedule an appointment to see an advisor.