Rehabilitation Counseling and Teaching Curriculum

Western Michigan University's Department of Blindness and Low Vision preparation includes the acquisition of specific skills in rehabilitation counseling, with a specialization in blindness or low vision. 

Unique educational opportunities include:

  • An innovative two-week immersion in blindness experiential course.
  • A state-of-the-art vision rehabilitation clinic, providing training and work with low vision aids.
  • Supervised practicum placements in the WMU Center for Counseling and Psychological Services.
  • A state-of-the-art adaptive computer laboratory that is used to teach methods of computing to people with blindness or low vision and other disabilities.
  • A practicum experience in a mini adjustment program through the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons.
  • Availability of practicum and internship experiences at various agencies throughout the country.

Curriculum requirements

Core courses (32 credits)

  • BLS 5770: Services for Persons who are Blind or Have Other Disabilities (two credits)
  • BLS 5840: Computer Technology in Rehabilitation (three credits)
  • BLS 5880: Psychosocial Aspects of Disability (two credits)
  • BLS 5890: Medical and Functional Aspects of Disability (two credits)
  • BLS 6010: Small 'N' Research:  Design and Analysis (three credits)
  • BLS 6100: Assisted Research (two credits)
  • CECP 6020: Group Dynamics and Procedures (three credits)
  • CECP 6030: Tests and Measurement (three credits)
  • CECP 6040: Counseling Techniques (three credits)
  • CECP 6050: Professional Issues and Ethics (three credits)
  • CECP 6070: Multicultural Counseling and Psychology (three credits)
  • CECP 6080: Counseling Across the Life Span (three credits)

Concentration courses (44 credits)

  • BLS  5860: Job Development and Placement (three credits)
  • BLS  5900: Physiology and Function of the Eye (two credits)
  • BLS  5910: Braille and Tactual Communication Systems (two credits)
  • BLS  5930: Methods of Teaching Adaptive Communications (two credits)
  • BLS  5970: Principles and Practices of Low Vision (two credits)
  • BLS  6020: Gerontology in O&M and RT (two credits)
  • BLS  6050: Practice in Low Vision (one credit)
  • BLS  6640: Principles of Rehabilitation Teaching (three credits)
  • BLS  6910: Practicum in Rehabilitation Teaching (three credits)
  • FCS  6360: Teaching for Independent Living (four credits)
  • BLS  7120: Professional Field Experience (two credits)
  • CECP 5200: Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling (three credits)
  • CECP 6100: Career Development: Theory and Practice (three credits)
  • CECP 6110: Theories of Counseling (three credits)
  • CECP 6120: Practicum in Rehabilitation Counseling (four credits)
  • CECP 6130: Field Practicum (two credits)
  • CECP 6220: Psychoeducational Consultation (three credits)

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Rehabilitation counseling/teaching curriculum guides are available from the Department of Blindness and Low Vision office. Applications for the Master's of Arts degrees in rehabilitation counseling/teaching are made through the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies. 

Those seeking admission to the rehabilitation counseling/teaching program should request application information from the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies. Admission is offered in the fall semester and first summer session.