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Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

The Highest Standards
Ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report and accredited by CACREP

Office of Rehabilitation Counseling

Ranked as the number one rehabilitation counseling program in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, this unique, specialized program prepares counselors to have the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to collaborate in a professional relationship with people who have disabilities.
The employment success and diversity of our graduates attests to the mission of the program to train the highest quality professionals. Rehabilitation counselors are employed in a wide variety of settings, including:

  • Nonprofit rehabilitation programs
  • State rehabilitation programs
  • High schools and college settings
  • Independent living centers
  • Medical rehabilitation centers
  • Substance abuse treatment programs
  • Mental health agencies
  • Corrections facilities

Counselors work with individuals to achieve their personal, social, psychological, educational and vocational goals.

Currently ranked the #1 Rehabilitation Counseling program in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, our program maintains a distinguished history of graduates becoming leaders in the field at the state, national and international levels. 

Rehabilitation Counselors were named the highest paid specialty in the counseling profession and earn better overall benefits.

Post Bachelor Programs

Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling
The master's degree program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), and provides a strong foundation in the profession and practice of rehabilitation counseling. It offers opportunities to develop expertise in a variety of areas, including counseling, the social and psychological aspects of disability, case management, career development and more.

Ph.D. Degree in Rehabilitation Counselor Education
The doctoral program in Rehabilitation Counselor Education is designed to prepare individuals for careers as university-level educators and researchers in the rehabilitation counseling profession. There currently exists a critical shortage of leaders in these fields. The doctoral program addresses these contemporary needs while building on a long tradition of excellence at MSU.

Best in the nation
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Michigan State University’s graduate programs in rehabilitation counseling rank No. 1 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Disability clearly is part of MSU’s mission, and not just a program here or there.

Michael Leahy

University Distinguished Professor

A bright future

Better Benefits
Rehabilitation counselors represent the highest paid specialty in the counseling profession and earn better overall benefits.
Employment Outlook
The employment outlook has never been better for doctoral graduates, who occupy positions at major universities and notable leadership positions worldwide.

Rehabilitation Faculty

Life-changing research

Rehabilitation Grants

U.S. Department of Education

Michigan State University Masters of Arts Rehabilitation Counseling Program

University of Wisconsin Stout

Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center-Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance (VRTAC-PEQA)
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