Comparing Experiential Learning Options

In the past, students have found that enrollment in an experiential learning program provided them an effective means of gaining career guidance information concerning vocational rehabilitation; improved their motivation at school as they discovered the relationships between theory and practice; and helped them in developing better human relationships and communications skills.


Work-Based Training

REHAB-205 Rehabilitation Practicum 3 credits
Community-based learning experience in application of rehabilitation concepts and principles. Includes weekly seminar for critique and skill development. Prerequisite: REHAB-101 and REHAB-102, both with a grade of "C" or better.

Participation in the work-based learning environment for a minimum of 100 hours and in a weekly two-hour seminar with other practicum students and the course instructor.


Undergraduate Entry Level

REHAB-398 or REHAB-498 Field Experience 2 credits
Off-campus work and study in an approved position to further develop skills and to increase understanding of the challenges and potentials of various rehabilitation careers. Prerequisite: REHAB-205 and REHAB-230, both with a grade of "C" or better; approval of application by instructor, chair and program director.

Participation (paid or volunteer) in an approved, off-campus field position for a minimum of 160 hours. Coordinated with classroom studies by means of weekly summary reports (Phase I. e.), a final written report and an oral seminar when the student returns to campus (Phase II. C.). Enrollment typically occurs in two consecutive terms.


Undergraduate Pre-Professional

REHAB-480 Advanced Practicum 3 credits
Advanced experience in service delivery to persons with disabilities in varied agency service settings related to student's designated rehabilitation concentration. Prerequisite: REHAB-398 or REHAB-498, with a grade of "C" or better.

Participation, for a minimum of 160 hours, in a rehabilitation setting that allows the student to apply the unique knowledge, skills and abilities developed as part of the chosen concentration. Participation in a weekly one-hour seminar with other practicum students and the course instructor.


Graduate Professional Level

REHAB-78X Internship 6-12 Credits
A culminating practical experience in the application of rehabilitation concepts and principles. Designed to include specialized concentration tasks, allowing demonstration of competency at a professional level. Prerequisite: Completion of graduate practicum with a grade of "B" or better.

Participation, for a minimum of 320 hours per 6 credits, in an approved internship site that allows the application of the unique knowledge, skills and abilities developed as part of the chosen concentration. Supervised by the university coordinator through weekly reports, site visit/contact, a final critique and group seminar.

Credit is not given because of what a student is doing in an approved experiential learning program. Rather, the credit is given for the learning that occurs in an experiential course. It is not the hours devoted by a student which determines the credits to be awarded. The quality and quantity of what is learned are primary concerns. Thus, fifty hours of highly repetitive activity, in which little new learning takes place, is worth less credit than fifty hours devoted to well-planned learning experiences which build highly desirable skills and result in quality learning which synthesizes many previous learning experiences. Therefore, the credits earned are not determined by a formula based on hours that a student spends in the experiential learning environment. However, the above applies a requirement of at least 50 hours of student effort per credit.