DEPARTMENT OF COUNSELING, REHABILITATION COUNSELING,
AND COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY

REHABILITATION COUNSELING MASTERS PROGRAM

Current Students

Orientation

Welcome to West Virginia University! You are now a Mountaineer – and we are excited to have you become part of our student body. The Rehabilitation Counseing Program here has been in existence for over 50 years. Our e-campus program is entering its 7th year.

Registration and Related Information

Expected Technical Competence

Whether a student is in an e-campus or on campus course, technical competence is required for success in our program. We use technology and recognize that counselors of today and the future need to be competent in its use.

The instructors who design the courses are responsible for pedagogical strategies and the design of the materials in the courses. As they provide instruction, they are accountable for having the knowledge and developing effective strategies for delivering that knowledge and skill development. Our students, as online learners, are in charge of selecting learning strategies appropriate to their goals and preferences. Do you prefer to read the lectures or listen? Do you review the material more than once, taking notes as you go along? You will need to find your resources to complete the assignments, using those provided by the instructor and university but also locating other resources on your own.

You also are required to build up social interaction in your community, among your fellow students and with the instructor to build on what you are learning. You have to manage your own learning, there may be no specific time to be in class so you must implement time management strategies. We expect students to be online interacting in discussion sessions throughout the course of each class period or module which lasts one week.

Students must also exhibit digital competency, the ability to locate, select and evaluate online information – as well as be able to utilize software, hardware and communication tools. You will be communicating virtually, which is different than the way we often communicate in our familiar face-to-face world. Our students report rich interactions with their peer and we find responses are often more thoughtful because you have time to contemplate your response to an instructor or student. Consider this an opportunity to develop your critical thinking and communication skills – crafting thoughtful arguments and well-researched responses. It provides you a way of developing the intellectual component of your interactions with others.

For more information, review Talent competences in the New eLearning Generation

Your Classroom

The classroom of today has changed dramatically. Courses can be totally online, partially online and on campus, and on campus. Although, on campus courses are using online e-campus resources. Extended Learning has posted a resource page for you to learn how to access a course, navigating everything from the home page to assignments and assessments, as well as how to get help. Please remember your faculty are not technology experts – call the Office of Instructional Technology! Although we have learned from years of experience. I always tell students, when you are coming on campus your car can break down…on e-campus, its your computer! The dog can eat your homework and so can cyberspace. (I actually had a dog eat a students paper I was grading!) So don’t wait until the last minute on assignments.

Getting started with E-campus

Remember we have our online coursework divided into segments. Each e-campus course is divided into modules or classes. They last a week and open on Wednesdays and close the next Tuesday. All discussion postings have to be done during that time – and not only on Tuesday nights!

Some of your courses will be a full semester long. Others are half semester. For instance, in the fall, Research is a full semester course. Introduction to Rehabilitation starts in week one and goes for eight weeks. Then Medical Aspects of Rehabilitation completes the semester.

You can spend some time in a course and learn to build a birdhouse

Your Instructors will primarily be Drs. Margaret Glenn, Katherine Byers, George Mamboleo, and Ms. Regina Burgess. We also have great adjuncts. Find out more about them here

Contact information for faculty

  • And of course, an indispensable resource is our Administrative person Candy Long: 304.293.3809 or Candy.Long@mail.wvu.edu

Getting to Know Your Library Resource

We are fortunate to have excellent library resources available to students, no matter where they live. The library extends their time and energy to our students. The following sites will take you through what is available.

Essential Sites for Review

Plagiarism Tutorial. We have a strict policy in our program on plagiarism and access to TurnItIn.com for review. I refer you to our policy on plagiarism in the handbook. If evidence of plagiarism is found, a grade of F will be given on the assignment. A second incident will result in an unforgivable grade of F for the course in which the incident occurred. A third incident will result in removal from the program.

In order to ensure you have a handle on Plagiarism and what it is, you are required as part of this orientation to participate in training. Click here.

Disability Accommodations. If you have a disability, we encourage you to contact the Office of Disability Services. They can assist you in determining accommodations and accessing resources. Click here

Some Information about Morgantown and West Virginia University

West Virginia University rests in a lovely part of West Virginia. Take a few moments and visit!

Check out our history as a University