Master's 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.

The Mission

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.

Program Data 2015

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) requirements vary by state

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


Why a GW 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)

  • CNSL 6151 Professional and Ethical Orientation to Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6153 Counseling Interview Skills (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6155 Career Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6154 Theories and Techniques of Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6161 Group Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6163 Social and Cultural Dimensions of Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6376 Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling (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)
  • CNSL 6185 Internship in Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6186 Advanced Internship in Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6169 Practicum I (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6170 Practicum II (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6114 or EDUC 6116 Introduction to Quantitative Research or Introduction to Educational Statistics (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6130 or CNSL 6157 Vocational Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities or Individual Assessment in Counseling (3 credits)
  • Program Outcomes

    As a graduate of the Rehabilitation Counseling degree, you will master competencies that are supported by 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.
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    Career Outlook

    Career Outlook

    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.

    Rehabilitation Counseling Career Opportunities

    • Advocates and client assistance program managers
    • Assistive technology specialists
    • Case managers
    • Community, state and private agency managers
    • Independent living program coordinators
    • Parole officers
    • Rehabilitation counselors
    • Supported employment specialists

    Potential Employment Settings

    • Colleges
    • Community-based rehabilitation programs
    • Employee assistance programs (EAPs)
    • Hospitals
    • Independent living centers
    • Insurance companies
    • Job training centers
    • Private rehabilitation companies
    • Public schools
    • State vocational rehabilitation agencies
    • Substance abuse agencies

    1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, on the Internet at


    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.

    In the News

    GSEHD's Rehabilitation Counseling program was ranked #6 according to U.S. News and World Report's ranking of rehabilitation counseling programs!

    Adam Popp, master's student in rehabilitation counseling and veteran, was one of the keynote speakers at GW's Veteran's Day wreath laying ceremony, covered in GW Today's GW Marks Veterans Day.

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