The online Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling is intended to be multidisciplinary and open to students with a graduate degree in any of the following majors:  behavioral health, behavioral science, disability studies, human relations, human services, marriage and family therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, psychometrics, rehabilitation, social work, special education, or vocational assessment/evaluation.  The certificate will include an integrated program of study which includes six required core courses (21 semester hours).

Criteria for designation as a qualified vocational rehabilitation counselor includes the capacity to demonstrate knowledge and skills in rehabilitation as demonstrated by possessing a master’s degree and passing a professional certification examination such as the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) national exam administered by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).

In July 2012 the CRCC added a new category (Category R) to their list of applicants who are eligible to sit for the CRC exam. Individuals who have a graduate degree in specific majors (which are related to rehabilitation counseling), who have completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in specific rehabilitation counseling courses, and who have appropriate work experience under the supervision of a CRC, may sit for the exam. Completion of the Graduate Certificate plus additional hours of appropriate work experience under the supervision of a CRC will qualify individuals to take the CRC exam.

Certificate Content

The content of the Post-Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling is designed to meet the educational requirements set forth in Category R of the national certification exam (see CRCC website information).  This content includes an integrated program of study of seven core courses (21 credit hours) which will provide the student with a solid foundation in rehabilitation counseling.  Competency areas covered will include theories and techniques of counseling, the foundation of rehabilitation counseling, assessment, occupational information and job placement, medical and psychosocial and cultural aspects of disabilities, multicultural counseling, and community resources including the delivery of rehabilitation services.

Completion of Certificate coursework will include assessment of the competencies needed to effectively participate in clinical fieldwork as a rehabilitation counselor.  Students must obtain a 3.0 overall grade point average to successfully complete the Certificate.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the Graduate Certificate are the same as for the Master’s Program in Rehabilitation Counseling.  In addition, the applicant must possess a Master’s, Specialist, or Doctoral Degree in one of the following majors with a minimum overall graduate GPA of 3.0:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Behavioral Science
  • Disability Studies
  • Human Relations
  • Human Services
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Psychometrics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Social Work
  • Special Education
  • Vocational Assessment/Evaluation

Graduate Certificate Directors

Dr. Ralph Crystal is the Director of the Graduate Certificate and acts as advisor to certificate students to ensure student success and address student questions, and to certify completion of certificate requirements.

Certificate Design

Students will be required to take 21 credit hours (12 credit hours in one semester and 9 credit hours in the second semester) in the competency domains outlined below. The competency domains and the core courses that will fulfill the domains are:

Required Courses Competency Domain
RC 650
RC 660
Rehabilitation Counseling Theories and Techniques I, or
Rehabilitation Counseling Theories and Techniques II
Theories and Techniques of Counseling
RC 520 Principles of Rehabilitation Counseling Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling
RC 620 Vocational Evaluation Assessment
RC 630 Placement Services and Techniques Occupational Information or Job Placement
RC 515

RC 516

Medical and Psychological Aspects of Disability I, or
Medical and Psychological Aspects of Disability II
Medical or Psychosocial and Cultural Aspects of Disability
RC 610 Case Management in Rehabilitation Counseling Community Resources or Delivery of Rehabilitation Services
RC 530 Cultural Diversity Psychosocial aspects of disability and cultural diversity

If any of the seven required courses were taken as part of a previous graduate degree, the following substitute course work will be used to fulfill the remainder of the 21 semester hours.  Each course is three credit hours.

RC558/670 Group and Family Counseling*
RC640 Rehabilitation in Business and Industry

Other suitable substitutions will be considered. All course substitutions must be approved by the Certificate Directors.


Please see the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program’s Tuition & Scholarship page for more information on funding opportunities.