Master’s Degree (MA) in Rehabilitation Counseling

Admissions | Performance Outcome | Accreditation | Academic Advising | Practicum and Internship

The Counseling program offers the Master of Arts Degree in Rehabilitation is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). The mission of the graduate program in rehabilitation counseling is to provide a graduate education that will prepare students to meet the needs of a culturally diverse community and increase the number of well-trained, competent counseling professionals. At UDC, a shared multicultural perspective among students and faculty shapes the learning environment. Students are acutely aware of the impact of health care disparities among lower income, minority populations. To that end, they are committed to working with disabled individuals from underserved and underrepresented populations. Students and faculty also embrace the approach of healing the whole person, the family, and the community at large. The Counseling Unit, which embraces the core values of the institution, will fulfill its mission by providing students with an education that integrates theory and practice by maintaining excellence in teaching, supporting faculty development, and ensuring that the curriculum reflects the changing needs of a highly technological and multiethnic society.

Program Objectives

The master’s program in rehabilitation counseling prepares counselors to work with individuals from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds with a range of medical, psychological, and psychosocial disabilities. Upon completion of the mast’s program, all students are expected to meet the following objectives:

Philosophical Foundations of Rehabilitation
Demonstrate knowledge of professional identity and legal and legislative issues.  Explain professional roles, purposes, and relationships of other human service providers.  Demonstrate an understanding of providing rehabilitation counseling in a legal and ethical manner, adhering to the Code of Professional Ethics and Scope of Practice for the profession. Identify factors that influence the selection of appropriate assistive technologies and the application of technology to enhance functioning of individuals with disabilities across domains.

Psychosocial and Medical Aspects of Disabilities
Identify psychosocial aspects of a disability and incorporate cultural diversity perspectives. Articulate an understanding of the social, economic, and environmental forces that may present barriers to an individual’s rehabilitation.

Human Growth and Development
Demonstrate an understanding and a working knowledge of human development and the needs of individuals with disabilities across the life span. Describe and explain established theories of personality development and implications  of coping with disabilities across the life span.

Mental Health Counseling Techniques
Demonstrate skills in counseling and understanding  of individuals with a disability who demonstrate psychological or mental health related problems. Make appropriate referrals when necessary. Develop and maintain confidential counseling relationships with individuals with disabilities using established skills and techniques.

Group Work and Family Dynamics
Demonstrate competency in working with counseling groups and family dynamics. Apply theories and principles of group counseling when working with persons with disabilities.

Job placement & Career Development
Demonstrate knowledge of employment and career development practices. Demonstrate an understanding of laws governing employment practices for individuals with disabilities and benefits systems. Demonstrate knowledge of rehabilitation agencies, independent living, and employment practices for individuals with disabilities. Utilize job and task analyses methodology to determine essential functions of jobs for employment planning and placement, and worksite modifications. Demonstrate assessment in job placement and identify assessment resources and methods appropriate to meet the needs of individuals with a disability. Facilitate individual involvement in evaluating the feasibility of rehabilitation or independent living objectives and planning.

Research and Evaluation
Demonstrate knowledge of research and program evaluation. Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and ability to engage in research and to be effective consumers of research.

Case management
Demonstrate knowledge of rehabilitation services, community systems, and related services. Describe the systems used to provide vocational rehabilitation services to people with disabilities, including private rehabilitation, community-based rehabilitation programs, and the state/federal vocational rehabilitation program in the United States. Identify and recommend treatment options that facilitate recovery and successful rehabilitation outcomes.


Graduate-level coursework in rehabilitation counseling includes theoretical and applied training in several course areas: foundation of rehabilitation, psycho-social and medical aspects of disabilities, career theories and development, appraisal, social and cultural foundations, research and evaluation, counseling techniques, assistive technology, case management, and ethical and legal issues. In addition, students are required to complete 9 credit hours of supervised clinical experience in counseling.

Graduates of the program are employed in rehabilitation agencies, educational, judicial, mental health and drug treatment facilities, as well as in government and corporate settings throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  Many graduates have successfully passed state license board exams, certification exams, or have entered advanced training programs.

The Master of Arts degree in Rehabilitation Counseling includes a curriculum of 48 semester hours or 60 semester hours for the clinical rehabilitation mental  health counseling.

Program of Study

Course Descriptions

Practicum and Internship


Student Organizations and Activities in the UDC Counseling Program

The Graduate Counseling Club organizes activities designed to enhance the professional identity of students as professional counselors, including Licensure Professional Counseling (LCP) post-graduate exam preparation, career planning and leadership opportunities.

Chi Sigma Iota is an international honor society for qualified graduate students, professional counselors, and counselor educators. The organization was founded to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership, advocacy and excellence in counseling.

Students are encouraged to become student members of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Membership in ACA offers professional development and leadership opportunities as a professional counselor. Students majoring in school counseling are also encouraged to become student members of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Student membership in professional organizations offer insurance coverage for field work experience in the schools, as well as opportunities for educational and professional growth to develop as cutting-edge professional school counselors.

Students majoring in rehabilitation counseling are also encouraged to become student members of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA), or the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association (NRCA). Student membership in these organizations offers opportunities for educational and professional development and leadership opportunities for students to develop as a professional rehabilitation counselor.

With faculty support and mentorship, students may seek internships at area schools and treatment facilities or pursue research projects.

Faculty Spotlight: UDC Rehabilitation Counseling Programs


The admissions committee reviews candidate applications for entrance into the Fall term. Graduate students are selected from the candidate pool. Students who are admitted must attend the new student orientation and receive their initial program advising. The average estimated time for completion of the 48/60-(effective Fall 2016 will be a 60 credit hour program) credit-hour program is 2.5-3.0 years for students enrolled full-time. This entails continuous enrollment over two fall semesters, two spring semesters, and one summer term. The estimated annual cost of attendance for a Graduate Resident is 448.91 plus a (fee of $30) Total=$478.91, Metro students is $508.10 (fee $30) Total=$538.12 Metro, non-resident is $863.46 tuition (fee $30) Total=$893.46. These are costs include tuition/and student fee.

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Performance Outcome

The following tables reflect the annual retention rates and CRC passing rates for students enrolled in the program for Fall 2011 through Spring 2015.

Academic Year Student Enrollment Retention Rate Number of Graduates
2011/2012 14 67% n/a
2012/2013 10 71% 6
2013/2014 11 100% 4
2014/2015 16 100% 5

In accordance with the CORE standard A.5, the University of the District of Columbia Rehabilitation Counseling Program provides information to the public on its performance including student enrollment, graduates, accreditation status, and student achievement to provide public awareness. The graduate program in Rehabilitation Counseling is housed in the Division of Education, Health and Social Work.

Student outcomes are evaluated every year using an Advancement to Candidacy exam and includes passing rates on the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination scores and the successful acquisition of employment three to six months following graduation. During the 2011-2015 academic years, there was a 100% successful pass rate for the advancement to candidacy, and 90% to 100% of graduates successfully acquired employment within three to six months after graduating, which is consistent with program goals and objectives.

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The Rehabilitation Counseling program is accredited by Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).
Information concerning the status of this program, contact:

Council on Rehabilitation Education
1699 E. Woodfield Road, Suite 300
Schaumburg, IL 60173
847.944.1345 (p)
847.944.1346 (f)


Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) after completing 75% of program coursework. The CRC exam is the graduate program’s comprehensive exam. After successful completion of this examination, the individual will be credentialed as Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).
Information concerning CRC certification can be obtained through CRCC at:

Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification
1699 E. Woodfield Road Suite 300
Schaumburg, IL 60173
847.944.1325 (p)
847.944.1346 (f)

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Academic Advising

Faculty advisors are available during registration periods, office hours, and by appointment to assist students with course selection. Advisors are also available to respond to concerns relative to personal and professional development. Office hours are posted on office doors and can be found in the course syllabus.  Students are encouraged to make appointments for comprehensive academic advising or counseling. Registration periods are extremely busy and generally used for course selection, with limited time to discuss program requirements and academic problems.

Although the faculty is available to provide assistance, it is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with program requirements, course descriptions, and academic policies and procedures.  If evaluations indicate that the program is not appropriate for a student, the student will be advised to pursue another field. The faculty member is encouraged to assist the student with the transition from the program. The faculty also reserves the right to make program changes that reflect compliance with university policies and state and national credentialing requirements.

Students must be advised that a felony conviction can affect the graduate’s capability to take the CRC or the state licensure exam.

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Career Pathways and Prospects

Over the past decade, students completing the master’s degree in counseling have taken one of several pathways:

  • Pursued licensure in professional counseling (LPC) in order to develop their own professional   counseling practice
  • Obtained positions as Certified Rehabilitation Counselors
  • Received a promotion within their current federal, state or private sector organization

Settings where graduates may seek employment include:

  • State Rehabilitative Agencies
  • Mental health agencies
  • Substance abuse facilities
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Institutions of Higher Education Disability Services Departments
  • Employment centers
  • Therapeutic group homes
  • Rehabilitation centers

Contact info:

Contact info:

Dr. Nathalie Mizelle-Johnson  (Director, Rehabilitation Counseling) | T: 202.274.5439 | E:

Dr. Benson Cooke (Mental Health and School Counseling)| T: 202.274.6439 | E: