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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

Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counselor Education


The doctoral level program in rehabilitation counseling is designed to prepare individuals for professional careers as educators and researchers in the field of rehabilitation counseling. The Rehabilitation Counseling Program at MSU was established in 1956 and since that time has awarded over 1300 M.A.'s and 175 Ph.D.'s. The program is recognized as one of the best in the nation in U.S. News & World Report Graduate Education Program Ranking Guide.


Developing Leaders

Doctoral graduates from this program have gone on to key leadership positions and made many substantive contributions to the field. Nationally, the employment outlook for graduates completing the doctoral degree in rehabilitation counseling appears very strong based on an increased emphasis on the professional preparation of practitioners at the pre-service level, the critical need to advance our research-based technology in serving people with disabilities, and the many challenges ahead in the ongoing development of our service delivery systems.

Meeting Demand

The rehabilitation counseling profession is currently in great need of a new generation of rehabilitation educators and researchers, and we want to contribute to meeting that need. We are preparing the next generation of rehabilitation educators and researchers.




To prepare professionals to work in partnership with people who have disabilities and with employer organizations toward individual and societal goals.




The Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counselor Eduation Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Ready to Become a Rehabilitation Educator?

Points of Distinction

Cutting-edge research and partnerships locally, with Michigan Rehabilitation Services, and globally including universities in Ireland and the United States.


The employment outlook has never been better for our graduates, who occupy positions at major universities and notable leadership positions worldwide.

Work with faculty recognized internationally for being on the front line of the most pressing issues facing the field of rehabilitation counseling.

We focus not only on teaching, but research and engagement services with the community.

Dr. Connie Sung

Assistant Professor

Financial Support

Students secure challenging teaching and research
assistantship positions.
Financial support for attending and presenting at state, national, and international conferences.
Scholarships and Fellowships
College of Education students are eligible to apply for a variety of academic scholarships and fellowships.


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Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies
College of Education
Michigan State University
620 Farm Lane Room 455