About This Program

What is rehabilitation counseling?

Learn more about the Department of Counseling.

Our rehabilitation counseling program, one of the oldest in the country, aims to develop and hone students’ counseling skills through a combination of coursework and professionally supervised clinical experiences.

Our graduates are eligible to sit for the national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam. With a few additional courses, appropriate practicum, internship, and post-master’s supervision requirements fulfilled, rehabilitation counseling graduates may also be eligible to become licensed mental health counselors (LMHC) and licensed professional counselors (LPC) in many states. Students are advised to check with their state’s licensing board to verify that our program meets their state’s requirements for licensure.

As noted by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC; 2020), “Rehabilitation counselors are the only professional counselors educated and trained at the graduate level specifically to serve individuals with disabilities. This includes an extensive knowledge of all aspects of disability as well as an in-depth understanding of critical considerations such as assistive technology and employment law. Unlike other counseling professionals, rehabilitation counselors are uniquely qualified to help individuals with disabilities acclimate into the workplace, and to help employers make a workplace more receptive to individuals with disabilities.”

A 2014 American Counseling Association compensation study found that Rehabilitation Counseling was on average the highest paid counseling specialty area.