The Consortium For Distance Education In Rehabilitation (CDER) -
Online Access to Graduate Level Education in Rehabilitation Counseling
The Rehabilitation Counseling program is available on-campus to students in the San Diego area, or by distance for students nationally and internationally. This site provides information specific to the distance Rehabilitation Counseling Masters program. To learn more about the Rehabilitation Counseling Masters Program such as professional opportunities, alignment to CORE requirements, and related certificates and continuing education, visit the main site for the Rehabilitation Counseling Masters Program.
If you are interested in pursuing your academic or professional development goals through the CDER Program, please contact one of the program advisors for information and specific instructions about the program or scholarship opportunities before submitting applications:
Full M.S. Program applications:
Holly S. Harris, M.S., CRC, email@example.com (phone: 619-368-4244)
Certificate and single course students:
Tom Turner, M.S., firstname.lastname@example.org (phone: 619-594-7772)
Applicants from Southeastern U.S.:
Sally Siewert, M.S. email@example.com (Applicants from Southeastern U.S. only)
The CDER Project was implemented in 1999 by two CORE accredited degree-granting universities: San Diego State University (SDSU) and the University of North Texas (UNT). A central purpose was, and remains, to use distance learning strategies and adult learning principles to make high quality, CORE accredited, graduate level courses and the Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling accessible to qualified students throughout the United States, including the Territories and the Commonwealth, and other countries.
Accessibility of the CDER graduate level offerings is unique among the CORE accredited on-campus and distance learning programs. There are no requirements for scholars to travel to either of the Consortium university campuses or to group meeting sites. They may participate in the dialog and learning from anywhere they have individual access to a computer and the Internet-- from home, work or other scholar chosen sites. Scholars who participate in courses primarily on line may earn and apply credits toward the master’s degree or the Advanced Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling; or they may earn graduate credits for individual courses which are required to become eligible to take the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor examination under one of the established CRCC credentialing categories. Courses may also be taken individually for continuing education or to achieve various state and tribal VR agency standards for practitioners to be considered Qualified Rehabilitation Professionals.
The Consortium has explored and tested a multitude of evolving technologies and has learned that scholars and faculty achieve the desired outcomes and relationships within their learning community without traveling to a common site. They continue to affirm the viability of distance learning approaches to make graduate programs accessible across multiple localities, and to create rich and safe environments for learning, personal growth and professional support.
The reader will note that, when reviewing the program schedule and other links to this site, the Consortium starts a complete cycle of courses periodically and that there typically are three or four cycles running consistently at various stages of progress (CDER 8, 9, 10, etc.). All 20 courses required to earn the master’s degree are delivered on each cycle. Each course session is fifteen weeks long, and there is a three-week break between sessions. Students taking up to six courses for various certifications or professional development may move between cycles as needed to complete courses for individual programs of study.