Rehabilitation Counseling Certificate

The Post-Graduate Advanced Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling is designed for current and aspiring rehabilitation counselors who are, or intend to become, holders of the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor credential, per Category R established by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. The Post-Graduate Advanced Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling prepares certificate holders to work in the California Department of Rehabilitation and other state Vocational Rehabilitation agencies, the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, California Regional Centers or other government agencies supporting persons with disabilities, nonprofit community rehabilitation provider agencies, and student disability service programs of community colleges and universities.

Prerequisites: A bachelor’s degree plus a Masters, specialist, or doctoral degree in one of 13 different majors from an accredited institution with demonstrated experience in disability-related work and/or academic coursework. Qualifying majors include:

  1. Behavioral health
  2. Behavioral science
  3. Disability studies
  4. Human relations
  5. Human services
  6. Marriage and family therapy
  7. Occupational therapy
  8. Psychology
  9. Psychometrics
  10. Rehabilitation
  11. Social work
  12. Special education
  13. Vocational assessment/evaluation

Students do not need to be enrolled in the SDSU Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling program to enroll in the certificate program. Students must complete the required courses:

Required courses:

  • ARP 645a Assessment in Rehabilitation (3 units)
  • ARP 660 Theories and Techniques of Counseling (3 units)
  • ARP 615  Multicultural Dimensions in Counseling (3 units)
  • ARP 684  Foundations of Rehabilitations (3 units)
  • ARP 685A/B* Medical or Psychosocial Aspects of Disabilities (3 units)
  • ARP 687  Placement Practices with Individuals with Disabilities (3 units)
  • ARP 740  Case Management and Rehabilitation Services (3 units)

*Students may take either ARP 685A or ARP 685B to fulfill the medical aspects course content requirement.

Electives: If a student has completed one or more of the required courses, they will substitute an elective with the approval of the Coordinator.

Students must complete 21 units with a 3.0 (B) grade point average. Only three units of coursework with a grade of "C" will count towards the certificate. A maximum of three units of coursework can be repeated

Please contact Dr. Charles Degeneffe, the Coordinator of the San Diego State University Rehabilitation Program, if you are interested in applying. Dr. Degeneffe can be reached at 619-594-6921 or by email at