The Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling (formerly Vocational Rehabilitation) is designed to prepare qualified professionals in the field of Rehabilitation Counseling. The campus-based MSRC learning cohort with a concentration in rehabilitation counseling is a 48-credit program ideally designed for full-time students who want to complete their graduate degree in less than two years. Graduates of the rehabilitation counseling concentration are eligible to apply for the certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC) exam upon program completion.


Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of the program each student will:

  1. Develop and demonstrate an identity as a rehabilitation professional.

  2. Integrate rehabilitation philosophy and principles of independence, integration, choice, self-determination, empowerment, access and respect for individual differences into rehabilitation planning and service provision.

  3. Promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in employment and/or the community.

  4. Demonstrate ethical behavior and ethical problem-solving consistent with the code of ethics for rehabilitation professionals.

  5. Understand disability-related legislation, public policy, and attitudinal and access barriers affecting persons with disabilities and their families.

  6. Understand the influences and implications of chronic illness and/or disability across human development and lifespan.

  7. Identify the functional impacts of chronic illness and/or disability.

  8. Evaluate environmental, social and economic influences that create barriers for persons with disabilities.

  9. Examine psychosocial, cultural and diversity issues that may affect the rehabilitation process.

  10. Establish positive, productive relationships.

  11. Communicate effectively with persons with disabilities, families, and other rehabilitation professionals.

  12. Select and apply counseling techniques to promote informed vocational decision-making and adjustment to chronic illness or disability.

  13. Conduct and integrate vocational assessment into rehabilitation planning.

  14. Analyze jobs, employment trends and career opportunities to assist in rehabilitation planning and service provision.

  15. Identify community resources and other services which promote independence.

  16. Plan and coordinate effective rehabilitation services designed to help persons with disabilities reach their vocational potential.

  17. Apply research findings to improve services to persons with disabilities.



Council on Rehabilitation Education

The M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling concentration in Rehabilitation Counseling and the dual concentration in Rehabilitation Counseling and Vocational Evaluation are accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).