Fulfill your passion to empower physically, mentally, emotionally or socially disabled persons as they rehabilitate and resume their place in society. The George Washington University’s Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Rehabilitation Counseling program prepares you to become a competent and skillful Rehabilitation Counselor.
Through intensive coursework, practicum and internship experiences, and mentoring relationships, you will be fully prepared for professional practice. For individuals and their families, you will serve as a source of personal support and guidance thus enhancing their quality of life.
Ranked 6th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), GW’s Rehabilitation Counseling degree encompasses a wide range of counseling theories and practices, including multicultural counseling, attitudinal and environmental barriers for people with disabilities, rehabilitation services, case management, medical and psychosocial aspects of disability, job placement and ethical standards for rehabilitation counselors.
Completion of this program also leads to licensure and can lead to both public and private employment opportunities.
The master's program in rehabilitation counseling prepares highly knowledgeable students to become professional practitioners to assist persons who are physically, mentally, emotionally, or socially disabled to become empowered and to assume or resume their place in society.
Retention rate: 98%
Average time to complete the program: 2.0 years (81% complete the program in 6 semesters or less)
2015-16 Cost: on-campus $1,530 per credit; on-line $760 per credit
Scholarships: Federal long term rehabilitation counseling training scholarships and merit based scholarships
Employment rate (at 6 months post graduation): 100%
Employment settings: state VR agencies; community-based rehabilitation programs; private rehabilitation companies; insurance companies; public schools; hospitals; colleges; independent living centers; employee assistance programs (EAP); job training centers
Licensure eligibility: License for Professional Counselors (LPC) and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)
CRC passing rates: 90% (National rate: 71%)
Accreditation status: Our program was granted full accreditation for 8 years starting in 2014, without any conditions.
Annual Fall Enrollment: 2015 - 32 students (includes new and continuing)
Average Undergrad GPA of Entering Students: 3.23 (includes Spring, Summer, and Fall '15 admits)
Average GRE scores: Verbal 146, Writing 3.59 (includes Spring, Summer, and Fall '15 admits)
Students Who Completed Program in 6 Semesters: 2015 graduates - 81% completed in 6 semesters or less
GW’s Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling is a 48-credit master’s program and can be completed in as little as 2.5 years.
As a graduate of the Rehabilitation Counseling degree, you will master competencies that are supported by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and CORE. They include the following:
The Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling from the George Washington University (GW) prepares you for a career in a variety of career settings that include rehabilitation agencies, hospitals, living centers, substance abuse agencies and education systems.
The U.S. Bureau Labor Services reports that roles for rehabilitation counselors will grow 20% by 20221, faster than the average occupation. As the nation’s elderly population grows, more adults will need rehabilitation counselors to help them adapt to disabilities and injuries and learn strategies for independent living. Rehabilitation counselors will also be needed to serve the ongoing rehabilitation needs of other groups such as veterans and people with disabilities, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and substance abuse problems.
1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/rehabilitation-counselors.htm
GW offers a Graduate Certificate in Job Development Job Placement. Should you wish to pursue the Graduate Certificate, you can transfer all 12 credit hours into the Master's program.