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Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

The Highest Standards
Rehabilitation Counseling programs receive national accreditation!

Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies

Ranked #1

Michigan State University is ranked number one among rehabilitation counseling programs 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. Our program maintains a distinguished history of graduates becoming leaders in the field at the state, national and international levels.

Employment Success

The employment success and diversity of our graduates attests to the mission of the program to train the highest quality professionals. Rehabilitation counselors work with individuals to achieve their personal, social, psychological, educational and vocational goals and 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

Post Bachelor Programs

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 and more.

Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counselor Education
The doctoral program in Rehabilitation Counselor Education is CACREP-accredited and 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.


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 one of the highest paid specialty areas in the counseling profession.
Employment Outlook
The employment outlook has never been better for doctoral graduates, who occupy positions at major universities and notable leadership positions worldwide.

Rehabilitation Counseling Faculty

Life-changing research



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    Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies
    College of Education
    Michigan State University
    620 Farm Lane Room 455
    (517) 355-1838