Oct 20, 2021  
2021/2022 University Catalog 
    
2021/2022 University Catalog

Cognitive Disabilities Certificate


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(SIMS Code: 331981)

This certificate program is designed for current and aspiring rehabilitation counselors who are, or intend to become providers of vocational and independent living services on behalf of persons with cognitive disabilities, to include those with autistic spectrum disorders, intellectual disability, acquired brain injuries, and learning disabilities. The certificate prepares rehabilitation counselors to work in the State/Federal vocational rehabilitation system, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, California Regional Centers, or other government agencies supporting persons with cognitive disabilities, nonprofit community rehabilitation provider agencies, and student disability service programs of community colleges and universities.

Prerequisites: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with demonstrated experience in disability-related work and/or academic coursework. Students do not need to be enrolled in the SDSU Master of Science degree in rehabilitation counseling to enroll in the certificate program.

Required Courses (18 Units)


ARP 609  and ARP 744  are focused on cognitive disabilities and taught in alternating spring semesters so that each course is offered once every two years. The remaining required courses are offered annually. Students will complete 225 hours of internship in ARP 745  by taking one three-unit course (fall or spring semesters). The internship will be completed in a rehabilitation agency supporting persons with cognitive disabilities, with at least half of the student’s clinical experience being directed toward individuals with cognitive disabilities.

Students must complete 18 units with a 3.0 (B) grade point average. Students in the certificate program will complete 12 units of formal coursework, three units of practicum, and three units of internship as described unless the program adviser approves alternative courses. Major assignments in all courses will focus on rehabilitation and cognitive disabilities, and the culminating assignment will be a comprehensive portfolio of work completed during the certificate.

Only three units of coursework with a grade of C will count towards the certificate. A maximum of three units of coursework can be repeated.

The program director will meet with each certificate student to design an individualized program of study based on the student’s educational background and professional experience. Students may concurrently enroll in the certificate program and Master of Science degree in rehabilitation counseling. For further information call 619-594-6921.

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