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Title:Dept. of Rehabilitation and Special Education records
Dates:1956-1977 (bulk 1967-1976)
Call Number:A76

Historical Note

On November 1, 1963, the Vocational Rehabilitation Administration Regional Research Institute (VRARRI) opened at Northeastern University. With a grant of over $48,000 from the Vocational Rehabilitation Administration, research directors, Dr. Reuben Margolin and Dr. George Goldin, headed Vocational Rehabilitation Administration Regional Research Institute. The institute was created in order to further research, educate future professionals, and assist state and private rehabilitation groups in providing adequate care for patients. After receiving over $250,000 in research grants and publishing three studies by 1966, VRARRI joined with rehabilitation-focused academic programs in the College of Education to create the new Department of Rehabilitation and Special Education. Dr. Margolin served as the first director and the Department began to train educators who would be prepared to teach children with learning, emotional, and physical disorders. The Department offered undergraduate and graduate programs. By 1971, there were two graduate-level degrees available to students: the Master of Education degree and the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study. The Master's degree offered numerous specializations, including teaching the emotionally disturbed and vocational rehabilitation administration. The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study was offered in counseling and educational administration, among other areas.

After 1980 when the College of Education merged with the Bouvé College of Human Development Professions, the Department continued to offer undergraduate and graduate programs. In 1984, the department was renamed the Department of Counseling Psychology, Rehabilitation, and Special Education. In 1999, the School of Education was moved to the College of Arts and Sciences and began to offer undergraduate and graduate programs in Special Education. The Department of Counseling Psychology, Rehabilitation, and Special Education remained in Bouvé College but the Special Education component was eliminated in 2003.