Rehabilitation Counseling M.S. Program

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Department of Rehabilitation Psychology & Special Education
School of Education
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1000 Bascom Mall, Rm. 431
MadisonWI  53706

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Rehabilitation ​Counseling Program 

M.S. Program in Rehabilitation Counseling

Program Overview

The M.S. degree program in Rehabilitation Counseling prepares rehabilitation counselors at the master’s degree level to serve adolescents and adults with disabilities in both private and public rehabilitation agencies and programs through counseling, assessment, job placement, case management, and advocacy.

The program’s mission centers on improving the quality of life and fostering inclusion for individuals with disabilities in community settings. The range of disabilities served by graduates includes physical and psychiatric disabilities, alcohol and drug abuse, traumatic brain injury and other neurological impairments, learning and intellectual disabilities, sensory disabilities, and aging. 

Cap at Graduation with RPSE on it 

The program places a strong emphasis on field experiences including three semesters of practical training in supervised placements in rehabilitation counseling settings. Students benefit from opportunities to take courses from faculty in both the rehabilitation counseling and counseling psychology programs to develop expertise in counseling skills, foundations psycho-social aspects of disability, assessment techniques, socio-cultural aspects of counseling, and career development, among other topics.

Program Objectives
The Rehabilitation Counseling program at UW-Madison recruits, admits, assists, and retains diverse students who can contribute to the general needs of the rehabilitation field.  The program strives to prepare professionals who will provide rehabilitation counseling in accordance with the standards outlined by the accrediting body, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP), as well as adhering to the legal and ethical considerations outlined in the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) Code of Professional Ethics and Scope of Practice.  

The program provides a high-quality learning environment which stimulates interactions and communication with faculty and with other students.  The program provides opportunities for students to have exposure with leaders, workers, consumer and advocacy groups, and other helping professionals in the profession. Students are encouraged to develop skills for lifelong learning through involvement with professional organizations, access to rehabilitation publications, and  conference participation. 

Program Accreditation and ranking
The Rehabilitation Counseling master's program is a 60 credit program preparing students to meet professional accreditation standards outlined by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP). The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program at University of Wisconsin – Madison is currently accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) as a Rehabilitation Counseling program. The accreditation runs through October 31, 2019. The program is currently seeking accreditation under the 2016 standards for this program as a Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program, per CACREP guidelines.

For more information about accreditation status, see:

Program graduates also meet the educational qualifications for the national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential as well as meeting the educational requirements to apply for a training license as a professional counselor in the state of Wisconsin (Licensed Professional Counselor). 

As part of one of the nation’s top schools of education and most highly ranked universities in the world, students have access to interdisciplinary perspectives, a wide range of professional development resources, and emerging research in the field of rehabilitation counseling. The quality and recognition of the program is further evidenced by its current U.S. News & World Report number one ranking among all rehabilitation counseling programs in the U.S.

Financial Support
Financial support is available to some qualified graduate students and may include scholarships, traineeships, teaching assistantships, and research/project assistantships. See: for more information.

Employment opportunities following graduation include non-profit rehabilitation programs, state vocational rehabilitation programs, private rehabilitation and employment support agencies, mental health agencies, substance abuse treatment agencies, corrections settings, and educational settings including high schools, colleges and universities.

Link to Rehab Psych Program Brochure

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