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Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

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Master of Arts in Rehabilitation

The mission of the Michigan State University Master of Arts (MA) Rehabilitation Counseling Program is to promote the effective delivery of rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities by providing graduates who have demonstrated through academic achievement the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to provide rehabilitation services to individuals with physical, mental, and/or emotional needs.

The objectives of the Michigan State University Master of Arts (MA) Rehabilitation Counseling Program are to provide students with the opportunity to:

  1. Acquire a sound, basic education in rehabilitation;
  2. Develop the lifelong habit of updating skills and professionalism;
  3. Develop a commitment to assist individuals with disabilities in using their own resources and opportunities to meet their developmental, vocational, and educational needs;
  4. Nourish a commitment to individual human values;
  5. Exercise skills and competencies on a high ethical level and with personal integrity; and
  6. Maintain a critical, questioning, and exploratory attitude.
  7. Acquire a comprehensive understanding of the personal, social, vocational, and psychological needs of persons with disabilities.
  8. Develop a strong knowledge of disability and rehabilitation service related community, social, and environmental needs.

The master's degree program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). The program provides a strong foundation in the profession and practice of rehabilitation counseling. It offers opportunities to develop expertise in the areas of counseling, the social and psychological aspects of disability, the vocational rehabilitation process, case management, ethical practices, independent living, disability management, transition from school to work, vocational assessment, career development and employment strategies. Graduates are eligible to sit for the national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination and to apply for Limited Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Michigan.

Investigate a human services graduate program that offers:

  • Strong and diverse employment opportunities upon graduation
  • Federal scholarships and paid internships
  • Late afternoon and evening classes
  • Supervised practicum and internship
  • Close working relationships between students and faculty
  • Immediate eligibility after graduation for a Limited License as a Professional Counselor (LPC) & Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRC)
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Points of Distinction

Apply Cutting Edge Research
Support diverse learners and provide meaningful access to the curriculum through the use of assistive technology, instructional supports, and accommodations
Collaborate With Peers
Share resources and expand content knowledge and skills through peer interaction
Gain Meaningful Experience
Complete projects and clinical experiences in your own classroom or school under the guidance of special education Faculty members and supervision of qualified personnel

This Program By the Numbers

of our graduates received a pay increase for obtaining their Master’s degree in special education
graduate credits can be applied toward a masters degree in special education if you are a former MSU intern
of required courses for the MA degree in special education (LD) are taught by tenure stream Faculty

I am so fortunate to have been a part of Michigan State University’s MA program with an endorsement in ASD, one of the most elite special education programs within the nation. I loved how the program is entirely online, as it allowed for me to have flexibility within my full-time teaching schedule, while still learning from the most prestigious professionals within the field. The courses not only helped me build a solid foundation of autism, but also learn several evidence-based practices that I currently use with my students everyday. If it was not for this program, I would not be where I am today.

Megan Sidge

ASD teacher at Hickory Woods Elementary

Points of Distinction

of our courses are fully online
Credit program




Department of Teacher Education
620 Farm Lane, 313 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
Phone: (517) 353-5091
Fax: (517) 432-5092