Master of Science

Rehabilitation Counseling

The Rehabilitation Counseling Program at California State University, Sacramento is the only traditional program in the area that offers a specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling. Our graduates work in a variety of settings, including schools, not-for-profit organizations, career counseling services, hospitals and clinics. 

The Rehabilitation Counseling Program admits students once per year for entrance during the Fall semester and, on average, admits 15 students per year. The student retention rate over the past three years has been 87 percent. The program has an employment rate of 90 percent for graduates within the first year of graduation.

Program mission and objectives
The mission of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program at California State University, Sacramento is to educate graduate students on how to best assist individuals with disabilities to lead meaningful, productive and independent lives in our society. To this end, the program curriculum is structured to include didactic and experiential activities which will prepare the graduate student to provide effective services in the community. 

Rehabilitation Counselors may work in a wide variety of settings, including community agencies, private agencies, college campuses, criminal justice departments, and state agencies. The program includes training in counseling techniques, job development, multicultural competency, assessment, research, as well as the impact of disabilities on human behavior and 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 program is a strong program for those interested in assisting individuals with disabilities. As such, the program is accredited by CACREP (Council for the Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs), provides a variety of options for field study experiences, is an option for students to obtain the required courses needed to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of California, and offers preparation and guidance to take the CRC (Certified Rehabilitation Counseling) exam. 

Students will have the opportunity to engage in research in collaboration with their peers and faculty members. Faculty support and encourage students to grow professionally and academically throughout the higher educational experience. Students who are interested in becoming a competent professional providing rehabilitation counseling in a legal and ethical manner in addition to applying theory to practice are encouraged to apply.

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors option
Graduates of the RC program are eligible to become Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors in the state of California with an additional 12 units of coursework. LPCC information can be found through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Certified Rehabilitation Counselors eligibility
We highly encourage our students and graduates to become Certified Rehabilitation Counselors. Since the RC program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education, students can sit for the CRC exam when they have completed 75 percent of their academic program. Additional information on becoming a CRC.

Student Support Programs
Support for students with disabilities who enter the RC Program is available through the Service to Students with Disabilities office on the Sacramento State campus. The RC program has a longstanding relationship with the SSWD office. For further information, please contact SSWD. The High Tech Center is a branch of SSWD and provides technical services to students with disabilities, including adaptive computer training.

Other excellent student services offered on campus include the Veterans Success Office, which provides academic and personal support for veterans. The Well is a magnificent new building on campus with services that encourages a lifetime of wellness through innovative programs. The Sac State Library features a premiere search tool called One Search which provides a powerful search tool for student research. Information Resources and Technology (IRT) provides computer technology support for students, including the Student Technology Center, which assists students to overcome technology-related barriers. Many other student services can be found on the Student Affairs website.

Career Options

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors work in a wide variety of settings including community agencies, private agencies, enabling centers on college campuses, and state agencies. Their general function is to assist persons with disabilities to overcome deterrents to vocational success by means of counseling, training, and placement in suitable occupational areas.

Programs Offered

Master of Science

Additional Information

The overall mission of the Sacramento State Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Program is to produce 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. The program mission addresses the critical shortage of qualified rehabilitation counselors in the state of California and the nation and seeks to increase the number of counselors available to meet an ever-growing need.

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