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Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

Office of Rehabilitation Counseling

About Rehabilitation Counseling





Welcome to the Rehabilitation Counseling program at Michigan State University. Ranked as the No. 1 rehabilitation counseling program in the United State 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.

Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling

The master's degree program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), 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 more. Read 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. Read more...