Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling with Licensure Eligibility

Offered On-Campus and Online

For those facing physical, mental, emotional, or social challenges, rehabilitation counselors offer hope and empowerment. For individuals and their families, these counselors serve as a source of personal support and guidance thus enhancing their quality of life.

Ranked 3rd in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), GW's Rehabilitation Counseling with Licensure Eligibility program prepares you to become a skillful Rehabilitation Counselor. Through intensive coursework, practicum and internship experiences in federal, state, and private settings, and mentoring relationships, you will be able to integrate the critical knowledge and clinical skills necessary to be fully prepared for professional practice. This program 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.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for licensure and for Certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), as well as both public and private employment opportunities. While in the program, students participate in 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.

Program Data 2018

Retention rate: 100%

Average time to complete the program: 3 years

2017-18 Cost: $1,655 per credit hour. On-line $850 per credit hour

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: Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) for 60 credit program; Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) requirements vary by state

CRC passing rates: 100%

Accreditation status: Accredited through 2022 by CACREP.

Annual Fall Enrollment: 2017 - 58


Why a GW Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling?

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty: Learn from faculty members who are active in the field and can provide their own real-world experiences and uncommon insights.

Convenient Schedule: Courses are scheduled once a week in late afternoons and evenings (Monday-Thursday) to accommodate the schedules of working professionals, and for internship experiences.

Nationally Ranked and Accredited: The GSEHD Counseling program combines rigorous course content with supervised, clinical experience working with a diverse population from the metropolitan area. This program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and is ranked 3rd in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.


Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling Courses

GW’s Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling with Licensure Eligibility is a 60 credit master’s program.

Curriculum (60 credit hours) - Regular Program with Certification and Licensure Eligibility

  • 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 6157 Individual Assessment in Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6161 Group Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6163 Social and Cultural Dimensions of Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6171 Family Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6173 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6174 Trauma and Crisis Intervention (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6185 Internship in Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6186 Advanced Internship in Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6269 Practicum I in Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6270 Practicum II in 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)
  • EDUC 6114 Introduction to Quantitative Research (3 credits)
  • HDEV 6108 Life Span Human Development (3 credits)
  • Program Outcomes

    As a graduate of the Rehabilitation Counseling degree, you will master competencies that are supported by CACREP. 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 with Licensure Eligibility 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



      On-Campus Program Entry: Fall
      Online Program Entry: Spring, Summer, Fall
      Prerequisites: Bachelors Degree
      Campus: Main Campus, Online

    Applicants interested in applying to the Rehabilitation Counseling program living within a 50 mile radius of GW's Foggy Bottom campus may only apply for the main campus option.

    Application Requirements

    • Online Application
    • Resume
    • Statement of Purpose
    • 2 Letters of Recommendation
    • GRE or MAT
    • Transcripts (unofficial)
    • Application Fee
    *Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants. For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions FAQ page.
    Transformation Begins Here

    Learn more about the MA in Rehabilitation Counseling program located on campus (202-994-8411). Please note: applicants within a 50 mile radius of GW's main campus are only eligible for the main campus program. If you have questions about this, please contact us.

    In the News

    GSEHD's Rehabilitation Counseling Program has been ranked #3 in the country by U.S. News and World Report for Best Graduate Schools for Rehabilitation Counseling.

    GSEHD faculty, students, and alumni presented at the Fall 2018 National Rehabilitation Education Conference in Arlington, Virginia in October:

    • Dr. Kenneth Hergenrather and Dr. Maureen McGuire-Kuletz presented the session entitled, "Project Educate, Empower and Employ and Targeted Communities 12 States: One Year Follow-Up and Application of Community-Based Participatory Research."
    • Dr. McGuire-Kuletz presented the session "Promoting Youth Transition: Strategies for Increasing Collaboration and Systems Linkages."
    • Dr. McGuire-Kuletz and and GSEHD alumnus Randy Loss (Rehabilitation Counseling program) presented the session, "Translating the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Youth Transition Services: Meet the Technical Assistance Centers."
    • Dr. Hergenrather, Dr. McGuire-Kuletz, and Diona Emmanuel (doctoral candidate in counseling) presented two posters entitled "Enhancing employment outcomes: An introduction and application of Community-based Participatory" and "HIV/AIDS and disability: A Social Ecological Model integration to enhance employment outcomes."

    Dr. Kenneth Hergenrather had two presentations at the 2018 National Rehabilitation Education Conference in Anaheim, California: 1) plenary session entitled: U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration federal grant award Project Educate, Empower, and Employ: Applications of Community-based Participatory Research among 12 Targeted Poverty and Disability Communities in the U.S. and 2) concurrent session entitled: Social Determinants of Health: Addressing Inequities through Informed Rehabilitation Research and Practice.

    GSEHD student Tess Campbell (master's, Rehabilitation Counseling on-line program) has been named Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Association 2018 Student of the Year. She will receive the award at the Annual Professional Development Institute Luncheon on March 22, 2018 in Harrisburg, PA. She was recognized for her advocacy on behalf of students with visual impairments.

    GSEHD alumna Sarah Presley (master's, Rehabilitation Counseling) was interviewed on the podcast Out of Sight Dragons, hosted by Brian Yourish. In the podcast, Ms. Presley speaks about how she navigated her studies at GW as a person who is visually impaired. She also discusses the work she is doing today with her GSEHD degree. Listen to the podcast.