Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling


Empowering You to Empower Others

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.


Why GW’s Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling?

  • Outcomes-Based Learning: Through rigorous coursework, a practicum and an internship, you will integrate the critical knowledge and clinical skills necessary for professional practice. The practicum is a total of 100 hours, and the internship totals 600 hours across two semesters.
  • Internship: Build your understanding of the roles, functions and strategies of professional rehabilitation counselors in federal, state and private settings with hands-on training and guidance from expert faculty members through required internship and practicum courses.
  • Mentorship Program: Develop a greater understanding of the program and your educational career opportunities with GW’s mentorship program. This program pairs you with program graduates who are now working in a variety of industries to help you network while you engage in first-hand learning.
  • Scholar-Practitioner Faculty: Learn from faculty members who are active in the field and can provide their own real-world experiences and uncommon insights.

Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling Courses

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.

Curriculum (48 credit hours)

CORE COURSES (42 credit hours)

  • CNSL 6151 Professional and Ethical Orientation to Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6153 Counseling Interview Skills (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6154 Theories and Techniques of Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6155 Career Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6161 Group Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6163 Social/Cultural Dimensions-CNS (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6185 Practicum/Internship (Rehabilitation Focus) (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6186 Advanced Internship (Rehabilitation Focus) (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6376 Foundations/Practicum: Rehabilitation and Case Management (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6378 Disability Management and Psychosocial Rehabilitation (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6380 Job Placement and Supported Employment (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6381 Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disabilities (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6114 Introduction to Quantitative Research (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6116 Introduction to Educational Statistics (3 credits)
  • SPED 6230 Vocational Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities (3 – 6 credits)
  • CNSL 6157 Individual Assessment in Counseling (3 credits)

ELECTIVE COURSES (6 credit hours) – Select 2 courses

In addition to core courses, there are a variety of courses to choose from in determining electives. You are required to take 6 credit hours of electives approved by faculty. Some of the electives offered include:
  • Brain injury
  • Counseling older persons
  • Cross-cultural human development
  • Diagnosis and treatment planning in counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Foundations of employee assistance programs
  • Human sexuality
  • Independent study
  • Individual assessment in counseling
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Rehabilitation counseling
  • Rehabilitation technology
  • Special education courses and psychology courses
  • Substance abuse counseling
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Career Opportunities

Enter a growing job market ready to apply the specialized skills needed to help people who have disabilities in career setting that can include:

  • Rehabilitation Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Living Centers
  • Substance Abuse Agencies
  • Education Systems

Program Outcomes

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:

  • Identify and describe all aspects of professional functioning including history and philosophy, roles, organizational structures, ethics, standards, credentials, legislation, and public policy, including advocating on behalf of the profession and its clientele, client choice, and empowerment.
  • Evaluate and apply a personal and professional understanding of trans-cultural relationships, issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society, gender and sexual identity issues, ethnicity, and disability, including attitudes, values, ethical, moral, spiritual, and legal considerations.
  • Describe and apply a knowledge that provides an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at various developmental levels, from both a stage and context approach.
  • Synthesize and implement an understanding of career development and related life factors, including theories, assessment practices, and computer assisted resources.
  • Evaluate and apply counseling and consultation processes, including theoretical foundations and the appropriate interviewing skills.
  • Describe and apply an understanding of group purpose, development, and dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods and skills, and other group work approaches.
  • Describe and understand the role of family, family theories, family support, interventions, and legal/ethical issues impacting work with families.
  • Analyze and evaluate knowledge of individual and group assessment and evaluation approaches.
  • Compare, evaluate, and synthesize an understanding of research methodology, technology, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation.

Certificate Offered

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.

Other Programs

GW also offers a Master’s in Secondary Special Education and Transition Services program and a Certificate in Transition Special Education. The programs will prepare you to be a change agent in teaching, leadership and support roles.