The George Washington University
The George Washington University

Empowering You to Empower Others

Accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), the George Washington University’s online Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Rehabilitation Counseling graduate program is among the very best in the nation. The program transforms you into a qualified professional who can seamlessly empower physically, mentally, emotionally or socially disabled persons to rehabilitate and resume their place in society.


GW's CORE-Accredited master’s program ranked 6th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.


As a graduate of the program, you are qualified for a variety of employment opportunities and can secure a job in one of the following career settings:

  • Vocational rehabilitation agencies
  • Community rehabilitation programs
  • Veteran’s administration programs
  • Mental health centers
  • Substance abuse treatment facilities
  • Correctional facilities

The program leads to licensure, as well as public and private employment opportunities.

Program Highlights

The online M.A in Rehabilitation Counseling program encompasses a wide range of rehabilitation 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
  • Ethical standards for rehabilitation counselors.

Why GW’s online Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling?

  • Outcomes-Based Learning: Through coursework, practicum and 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 is 600 hours over 2 semesters.
  • Internship: Under the guidance of expert faculty members, you will gain hands-on training through internship and practicum courses. You will master a comprehensive set of skills, knowledge and competencies and have the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice in rehabilitation settings.
  • Mentorship Program: The Mentorship Program pairs you with program graduates to help you learn first-hand about the school and program. The program draws mentors from a variety of industries and enables you to network while developing a greater understanding of educational and career opportunities.
  • Scholar-Practitioner Faculty: Learn from faculty members who are current in the field, share their real world experiences and provide uncommon insight on the field.


The 48-credit master’s degree can be completed in as little as 2.5 years.

Core Courses (42 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/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)
  • CNSL 6185 Practicum/Internship in Counseling (3 Credits)
  • CNSL 6186 Advanced Internship in Counseling (3 Credits)
  • EDUC 6114 Intro to Quantitative Research or EDUC 6116 Intro to Educational Statistics (3 Credits)
  • CNSL 6130 Vocational Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities or CNSL 6157 Individual Assessment in Counseling (3 Credits)

Elective Courses (6 Credit Hours)

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:

  • Individual assessment in counseling
  • Diagnosis and treatment planning in counseling
  • Counseling older persons
  • Cross-cultural human development
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Foundations of employee assistance programs
  • Family counseling
  • Human sexuality
  • Special education courses and psychology courses
  • Brain injury
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Rehabilitation counseling
  • Rehabilitation technology
  • Independent study

Career Outlook 

The Rehabilitation Counseling Program prepares you for a career in a variety of counseling settings with the primary goal of acquiring and applying the specialized knowledge, skills, attitudes and values needed to collaborate in a professional relationship with people who have disabilities to achieve their personal, social, psychological, and vocational goals.

The U.S. Department of Labor 2012-2022 forecasts that employment of Rehabilitation Counselors is expected to grow by 20 percent, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Career opportunities in rehabilitation counseling are excellent.*

Employment Settings for Graduates

  • Community-based Rehabilitation Programs
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
  • Hospitals
  • Independent Living Centers
  • Insurance Companies
  • Job Training Centers
  • Private Rehabilitation Companies
  • Public Schools
  • State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies
  • Substance Abuse Agencies

Potential Job Titles

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

Certificate Option

Graduate Certificate in Job Development and Job Placement

GW also offers an online Graduate Certificate in Job Development and Job Placement. Should you wish to pursue the Graduate Certificate, you can transfer all 12 credit hours into the Master's program.

This certificate program is ideal for state, federal, nonprofit, and community-based rehabilitation professionals, as it allows them to enhance their ability to assess and place persons with disabilities into steady employment environments.


You’ll delve into the social and cultural dimensions of counseling and the foundations of rehabilitation counseling, as well as job development and job-placement methods and techniques.


Key areas of study include:

  • Counseling theory
  • Independent living
  • Labor marketing information
  • Personal development
  • Supported employment

Other Programs

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

Rehabilitation Counseling 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)
  • 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

About GW 

As one of the nation’s first major universities to launch online programs, the George Washington University (GW) provides students from all backgrounds — and all locations around the world — with the highest quality online educational opportunities.

Why You Should Earn Your Degree at GW
  • The Graduate School of Education and Human Development is ranked as a Top 10 Best Online Education School for 2016 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Strong legacy of transforming students into change agents
  • Unparalleled educational approach that integrates intellectual discovery and interactive learning


GW prepares you to lead in research and policy, as well as practice in the fields of teaching, counseling, administration, human and organizational learning, and education policy. The school also offers opportunities for experienced professionals to enrich their education and advance their career.

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