Rehabilitative Services

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College of Education

Stroud Hall Room 105

About the Program

The undergraduate Rehabilitative Services program prepares students to work in a broad range of rehabilitation settings with youths through adults who have various types and degrees of disabilities. These settings may include day service or employment settings, supported living, residential settings, and rehabilitation facilities.

Although students may obtain employment in such settings upon completion of their degree, many students elect to pursue graduate study in fields such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, and vocational rehabilitation counseling. The Rehabilitative Services program provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in these areas. The Rehabilitative Services program is part of ESU's Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation.

  • More detailed information is available from the department.

Are you interested in...

  • Assisting youth and adults with disabilities so they will be successful in society
  • Guiding youth and adults with disabilities to be successful in employment, housing, and recreational situations
  • Helping youth and adults with disabilities with life skill needs

Choose Rehabilitative Services at ESU

  • Small class size
  • Practical field experiences, including internship placement
  • Qualified, experienced faculty
  • Frequent faculty interactions

Is Rehabilitative Services a career path for me?

Career Potential

  • Employment consultant
  • Case manager
  • Rehabilitation specialist
  • Community residence supervisor

Career Settings

  • Day service
  • Employment settings
  • Supported living
  • Residential settings
  • Rehabilitation facilities

Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitative and Human Services

  • Rehabilitative Services core requirements:

    SPRE 100, 200, 201, 214, 300, 301, 310, 315, 318, 320, 486 and 487; SPED 105; PSY 222; HLTH 240. Plus 18 adviser-approved electives.

    A minimum overall QPA of 2.5 is required for admission into and graduation from the program.

    Falling below a QPA of 2.5 will result in a Departmental Probationary Status for one semester, and may mean dismissal from Rehabilitative Services Studies if the QPA is not brought up to 2.5 at the end of the probationary semester.

  • Program Curriculum Plan

    • (Subject to change by the university without notice)

      Freshman Year

      Fall

      SPRE 100 Foundations of Human Services

      3

      SPED 105 Foundations of Special Education

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      SPRE 200 Individuals with Exceptionalities in Community Life

      3

      PSY 100 GE: General Psychology

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Sophomore Year

      Fall

      SPED 201 Assessment & Evaluation in Special Education

      3

      PSY 222 Psychology of Adjustment

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      SPRE 214 Behavior Management with Individuals with Exceptionalities

      3

      HLTH 240 Health Emergencies

      3

      Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Junior Year

      Fall

      SPRE 301 The Vocational Rehabilitation Process

      3

      SPED 311 Etiology and Diagnosis of Individuals with Exceptionalities

      3

      Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      SPRE 300 Developing Integrated Employment Opportunities

      3

      SPRE 315 Transition from School to Adulthood

      3

      Elective

      3

      Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Fitness Elective

      1

      Subtotal

      16

      Senior Year

      Fall

      HLTH 432 Death and Dying - Implications for Health

      3

      Elective

      3

      Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Fitness Elective

      1

      Subtotal

      16

      Spring

      SPRE 486 Field Experience and Internship

      12

      SPRE 487 Internship Practicum

      1

      Subtotal

      13

      Total Credits

      120

      The Rehabilitative Program is being redesigned in order to continue to meet the needs of the students and adults in the field. Additional areas of training and changes in course selections and requirements may occur. Please contact the Chair of the department with any questions.

      For more information, contact the department by calling 570-422-3558 or visit Stroud Hall, Room 108 570-422-3558 www.esu.edu/sped

Student Organizations

    • The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is a campus group that is part of an international organization that promotes quality programs for individuals with disabilities. CEC provides a great opportunity to meet fellow special educators and work with individuals of all ages who have disabilities. Some of the CEC activities include:
      • Visiting adults with mental retardation at a local state developmental center
      • Helping with Special Olympics
      • Tutoring at-risk students
      • Attending a state level CEC conference
    • Sigma Pi Epsilon Delta is the National Honor Society for special education and rehabilitation majors. Honor members provide activities for individuals with disabilities in the community.
    • Rehabilitative Services Student Organization (RSSO) is the organization for majors in rehabilitative services. Members of the organization host speakers from adult service agencies and provide services to individuals with disabilities who receive services from area rehabilitation agencies. Our organization is also an active supporter of the Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Association, which is the state chapter of the National Rehabilitation.Association.
    • Best Buddies is an international organization that enhances the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment. At East Stroudsburg University, we match university students and individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout the community in one-to-one friendships.

Faculty

Course Descriptions

  • SPRE 100 Foundations of Human Services (3)

    • This course is an orientation to the rehabilitation and normalization process, including a survey of historical development, principles, philosophy, disability, needs of people with disabilities, legal aspects of rehabilitation, and related programs of services to individuals with disabilities.

  • SPRE 200 Individuals with Exceptionalities in Community Life (3)

    • This course places an emphasis on the role of individuals with disabilities in society.

  • SPRE 201 Community Rehabilitative Services (3)

    • This course covers the traditional, current, and emerging roles of the community in the rehabilitative process. Emphasis is placed on shared responsibilities of federal, state, regional, and local agencies. Students explore pertinent legislation and implications for integrated and cooperative services. Prerequisite: SPRE 100.

  • SPRE 214 Positive Behavior Support (3)

    • This course addresses all elements of effective classroom management which emphasizes behavior reduction strategies that are consistent with a positive behavioral support approach. All elements of conducting a functional assessment in developing a behavioral support plan for school and /or employment settings are addressed. Prerequisite: SPED 105.

  • SPRE 300 Developing Integrated Employment Opportunities (3)

    • This course is designed to help students majoring in rehabilitative services to become knowledgeable of modern designs of vocational education and career planning for individuals with disabilities, and knowledgeable of federal, state, and local regulations concerning vocational training and to develop an awareness of problems of integrating persons with disabling conditions into the general work force. Prerequisite: SPRE 100.

  • SPRE 301 The Vocational Rehabilitation Process (3)

    • This course assists students in Rehabilitative Services to develop an understanding of the vocational rehabilitative process. The roles and duties of rehabilitation counselors will be discussed, including case management, assessment and interviewing functions. Prerequisites: SPRE 100, 200, 201; SPED 105.

  • SPRE 310 Recreation and Leisure for Individuals with Disabilities (3)

    • This course provides the student with an opportunity to participate in an on-site outdoor education program for local school aged children and/or adults with exceptionalities. Emphasis on special recreational services include the development, supervision and administration of programs for all types of exceptionalities.

  • SPRE 311 E&D; Individuals with Exceptionalities (3)

    • This course is a study of the causative factors of high/low incidence disabilities. Included are atypical cognitive, physical, psychological, medical and psycho-social conditions of children and adults. Emphasis is placed on the development of diagnostic skills and the recognition of diagnostic criteria in the clinical setting. Skills in collaboration and teaming in the clinical, classroom and service agency settings are examined.

  • SPRE 315 Transition from School to Adulthood (3)

    • This course provides students with a proactive approach to transition planning for the provision of services that result in positive adult outcomes for students leaving the school system. Prerequisites: SPRE 100, 200, 201; SPED 105.

  • SPRE 318 Current Issues in Psychiatric Rehabilitation (3)

    • This course provides a basic orientation to the field of psychiatric rehabilitation. The course will include historical antecedents, as well as philosophical and programmatic connections to the field of rehabilitation counseling. The course will also cover assessment, planning and service delivery methods for those intending to work in rehabilitation settings that focus on serving individuals with psychiatric disabilities.

  • SPRE 320 Advanced Issues in Disability Studies (3)

    • This course in an interdisciplinary exploration of the sociocultural construct of disability. Disabilities Studies views disability as part of the normal range of human experiences and explores disability as a cultural, rather than individual, phenonemon that results from disabling social interactions. Students will examine changes in social perceptions regarding disability and the impact on the lives of people with disabilities.

  • SPRE 486 Field Experience and Internship (12 credits)

    • This course consists of at least one field experience placement with populations having physical or mental disabilities in various agencies, developmental centers, rehabilitation facilities, and the like that serve the needs of that population throughout the tri-county area. Assignments in other geographical areas may be utilized when deemed appropriate and approved by the Department Chairperson. Intern supervision will be provided by the faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation.

  • SPRE 487 Internship Practicum (1)

    • The Internship Practicum meets on a regular basis to provide current interns in the Rehabilitative Services major with an opportunity to discuss current issues in their internship experiences and to further explore topics of interest. The topics within each practicum session represent immediate intern needs regarding professional growth and development. Corequisite: SPRE 486

      Note: The Rehabilitative Program is being redesigned in order to continue to meet the needs of the students and adults in the field. Additional areas of training and changes in course selections and requirements may occur. Please contact the chair of the department with any questions.