Master of Science

Rehabilitation Counseling

The Rehabilitation Counseling Program at California State University, Sacramento is the only traditional program in the Northern California area that offers a specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling. Our graduates are prepared to serve all individuals with disabilities, learn disability law, and advocate for people with disabilities. Furthermore, Sacramento State is a diverse campus providing several opportunities for our graduates to be multiculturally competent counselors in the professional world

Career Options

Students who graduate with an M.S. in Counseling with a specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling may work in a wide variety of settings, including community agencies, private agencies, college campuses, law enforcement, Veterans Administration, and state agencies. The program includes hands-on training in a practicum and internship course. Also, other courses within the rehabilitation counseling curriculum include: counseling techniques, job development, multicultural counseling, assessment, research, and human development. Additionally, students will gain a solid knowledge base regarding disability-related topics, such as: independent living, assistive technology, social justice and disability rights law.

The Rehabilitation Counseling Specialization is also designed to provide students with all the educational competencies required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Additionally, students are prepared to apply for and obtain the Certified Rehabilitation Counseling Certificate (CRC), which is highly recognized in the rehabilitation counseling discipline. Additional information on becoming a CRC.

Program Requirements

Units required for M.S.: 60

Program Resources

Learn how to apply.
Catalog with detailed program requirements.
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Learning Outcomes

  • To educate qualified rehabilitation counselors who possess the skills and dedication to assist individuals with disabilities in achieving self-determination, independence, meaningful employment, and full community integration.
  • To prepare counselors to work effectively with and demonstrate sensitivity towards persons from diverse populations (i.e., ethnic, cultural, gender, sexual orientation, class, age, ability, and spiritual/religious beliefs)

Additional Information

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Michelle Mahr, Ph.DMichele Mahr, PhD, CRC 
Phone: (916) 278-3629