Graduate Certificate in the Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling

Help Others Reach Their Career Goals

Earn your Graduate Certificate in the Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling and further develop your counseling abilities to effectively guide and place persons with disabilities into steady employment environments.

This certificate program is ideal for a variety of professionals in state, federal, nonprofit, and community-based rehabilitation. Students will delve into the social and cultural dimensions of rehabilitation counseling, as well as job development and job placement methods and techniques.





Gain Credentials
The program can also be designed to complete a minimum of four courses needed to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination or to pursue eligibility criteria for licensure as a professional counselor.


Hands-On Experience
The curriculum provides opportunities for specialized experiential learning by integrating classroom coursework with real-world practice.


Accessible + Flexible
With courses available fully online or on our Foggy Bottom campus, you have access to all of the resources of our Tier 1 research institution, wherever you are in the world.





The GW Advantage

Combine GW certificates and courses to create a program that's tailored to your vision. Earn this graduate certificate now, and continue on or return later to fold it into a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling.* You can transfer all 12 credit hours toward the master's degree.

*All requirements must be met and student accepted to the master's program




 Program at a Glance


Graduate Certificate in Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling


Counseling and Human Development

Course Delivery:

-Main Campus

Program Entry:

Spring, Summer, Fall

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 12 credits in required courses.
CNSL 6130 Vocational Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities
CNSL 6163 Social and Cultural Dimensions - CNS
CNSL 6376 Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling
CNSL 6380 Job Placement and Supported Employment
Program Outcomes
At the conclusion of this certificate, you will be prepared to assess the job readiness of physically, mentally, emotionally or socially disabled persons and assist them in achieving gainful employment. Coursework in disability management, skills analysis, benefits systems, employer consultation and job coaching will further assist you in helping individuals maintain employment.



 Apply Now

GSEHD’s Office of Admissions invites you to apply for a spot in our program. Please review the following admission and financial information.

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To learn more about the program, admission process, and upcoming events, please connect with the GSEHD Admissions Team at or 202-994-9283.

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To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the online application form as well as the following required supporting documents. There is no application fee.

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's Degree
  • Resume
  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants.

Application deadlines for the next admissions cycle will be available soon. For more information, contact the GSEHD Admissions Team at or 202-994-9283.



 Tuition & Financial Aid


We know embarking upon graduate school is a big decision - due in part to the costs of attending. At GW, we understand the time and thought behind making graduate school work for you. Please take a moment to learn more about the options and opportunities available to help fund your graduate education.

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Graduate tuition is charged per credit hour, unless otherwise noted. Rates vary by program and location.

The tuition rate for the Graduate Certificate in the Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling program is $1,000 per credit hour. This program requires 12 credits.

Please note: Additional fees may apply for international students, late fees, etc. Current tuition rates may be updated during the year.

*Summer 2024, Fall 2024, Spring 2025

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The education I received at GSEHD has given me the knowledge needed to help hundreds of individuals with disabilities transition out of school and into competitive employment. My career has been very rewarding: a win-win for me and the recipients of services.

Graduate Certificate in Job Development & Job Placement



 Career Outlook

This certificate program prepares graduates to further their careers as counseling professionals with the knowledge and skills to more effectively place people with disabilities in jobs and increase their likelihood of job retention. During the program, you'll integrate classroom concepts with real-world work practice.

Career Opportunities
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  • Entry-level rehabilitation counselors
  • Paralegals working in a counseling environment




Potential Employment Settings
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  • Rehabilitation agencies
  • Insurance companies
  • Schools
  • Job training centers



Program Faculty 

Dr. Kenneth Hergenrather

Professor, Counseling

(202) 994-1334



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