Academics

Rehabilitation Counseling Certificate

Application deadline: February 1 for summer admission.

Applications received after Feb. 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.

Review the application checklist here.

Rehabilitation counselors are clinicians who work with individuals with disabilities, supporting them to become personally and economically self-sufficient, typically through employment. SGISD offers both a master’s degree and a certificate program in rehab counseling.

Our certificate program offers a seven-course sequence for students who have completed a master’s degree in a related field and are interested in taking the national exam to become a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC). The program meets the standards set by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

State vocational rehabilitation agencies, as well as some community rehabilitation providers, require their counseling staff to be CRCs. In Massachusetts, a counselor needs to be a CRC to be eligible to apply for licensure. Successful completion of our certificate program prepares students to take the national exam and become a CRC.

We encourage people with master’s degrees in the following subject areas to apply to our rehabilitation counseling certificate program:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Behavioral Science
  • Disability Studies
  • Human Relations
  • Human Services
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Psychometrics
  • Rehabilitation Administration/Services
  • Social Work
  • Special Education
  • Vocational Assessment/Evaluation

In our certificate program, you will take these courses:

COUNSL 602, Medical, Psychological, and Educational Aspects of Disabilities
COUNSL 603, Foundations of Rehabilitation
COUNSL 605, Principles of Vocational, Educational, and Psychological Assessment
COUNSL 610, Case Management and Planning in Rehabilitation
COUNSL 612, Vocational Rehabilitation and Placement
COUNSL 614, Counseling Theory and Practice I
COUNSL 653, Cultural Diversity in Counseling

Students coming in to the program with other master’s degrees may have taken some of these required courses. Please ask the program director about substitution options (see contact info below).

You might also consider our master’s program in rehabilitation counseling.

For questions about either the certificate or the master’s program, contact the graduate program director, Sheila Fesko.