The SDSU program offers 60 units of coursework necessary to build
competencies in rehabilitation counseling, program development,
and administration. In 2000, SDSU's program was ranked 10th nationally
by U.S. News and World Report. Students often identify a specific
population or work setting of particular interest and, with their
graduate advisor, design their educational experiences. The practicum,
clinical, and internship requirements comprise a large portion of
the overall program. Students are given the option of taking a comprehensive
examination, completing a master's degree thesis, or presenting
a portfolio to the faculty.
Four full-time faculty and numerous part-time faculty are actively
involved in education, research and service to the community. The
program utilizes part-time faculty who are current practitioners and
administrators of rehabilitation programs and services.
Accreditation by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE)
enables students to receive national certification as a Rehabilitation
Counselor, which has reciprocity in all states.
Internships and field study experiences are offered in a variety
of local agencies including public and private rehab agencies, community-based
non-profit agencies, public schools and institutions of higher education,
rehabilitation centers and hospitals. Students have an opportunity
to specialize in one or more areas of disability. Final semester
internships may be arranged in other states or countries.
Contact: Rehabilitation Counseling Program
3590 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego, CA 92108-1716
Fax: (619) 594-0991
A student must complete an application for admission to both the university and the Rehabilitation Counseling Master’s degree program. Early application to the program is encouraged. Submit the university application on line at: www.csumentor.edu
The following materials should be submitted
directly to SDSU:
Official transcripts (in sealed envelopes)
GRE test scores
Mail directly to:
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7416
The following materials should be submitted directly to the ARPE department:
Mail directly to:
Department of Administration, Rehabilitation & Postsecondary Education / Interwork Institute.
Attention: Graduate Advisor
San Diego State University
3590 Camino del Rio North
San Diego, CA 92108
For specific questions call the Program office at: 619-594-6406
- Counseling and School Psychology
- Ed.D. in Education
- Educational Leadership
- Educational Technology
- Elementary Education
- Ph.D. in Education
- Reading/Language Arts
- Rehabilitation Counseling
- Secondary Education
- Special Education
Federally funded stipends are available, as well as tuition and
fee waivers based on financial need and academic potential. Many
students acquire remuneration through graduate assistantships and
All courses use distance education technologies to enrich the student's
learning. The latest in software packages for testing the abilities,
interests, and career training needs of consumers are available
SARC (Student Association of Rehabilitation Counselors) is the student
rehabilitation organization. In addition, student memberships are
available in several national professional organizations. Disabled
An M.S. degree in Rehabilitation Counseling is generic in nature.
Upon graduation, a rehabilitation counselor is qualified to work
in a wide variety of exciting rehabilitation settings. Rehabilitation
counselors are employed in both the public and private sectors.
A rehabilitation counselor can find employment within State Departments
of Rehabilitation, in community rehabilitation programs as vocational
evaluators, or as placement specialists. Many rehabilitation counselors
work as program directors in agencies locally, statewide, and out
of state that provide services to persons with disabilities. The
field of rehabilitation is expanding into areas such as disability
management, worker's compensation/rehabilitation, assistive technology,
community college and university support services, correctional
rehabilitation, and administrative positions.
Another growing market for Rehabilitation Counselors is in school
settings, where they work in concert with teachers to assist students
in making the transition from school to adult life. Finally, many
graduates in Rehabilitation Counseling have been creative in developing
their own careers through grants and contracts available from a
number of funding sources which support special projects providing
services to consumers with disabilities.
Over 80 percent of our graduates are
employed in a field commensurate with their degree.
The basic requirement is an undergraduate degree. Most applicants
to the rehabilitation program have a degree in psychology, sociology,
or some related field, but this is not a requirement.
It is recommended prospective students have some work experience
in a human service field or undergraduate preparation in the behavioral
Students interested in specialization areas may focus on one of
three areas: (1) consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing. (2)
consumers in mental health programs or (3) rehabilitation technology.
Students interested in the specialization with consumers who are
deaf or hard of hearing are expected to have knowledge of the anatomy
and physiology of the auditory mechanism and conversational American
Sign Language proficiency. If these conditions are not met at the
time of application, they will be regarded as academic deficiencies
to be removed before the M.S. degree is granted. The emphasis on
mental health includes specialized courses in theory and practice
of mental health rehabilitation. The emphasis on rehabilitation
technology includes 15 unit graduate certificate, which is an interdisciplinary
program with the College of Engineering. Specialization requires
students to meet specific conditions in their focus areas at the
time of application. Students may also take additional coursework
to earn the Certificate in Rehabilitation Administration, the Workforce
Education and Lifelong Learning, and the Pupil Personnel Services
Credential for K-12 programs.
Application must be made both to the department and to the University
through the Office of Admissions and Records. Students may contact
the department for information about the program, the admissions
process, and the department application for admission. It is recommended
that students make an appointment for an interview with a faculty
advisor after filing the applications.
All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information
pertinent to their areas of study available in the Graduate Bulletin,
a catalog for graduate students containing requirements for all
academic major, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing
progress at the University.
To order a Bulletin, call (619) 594-2466.
Program offerings are described in the San Diego State University Graduate Bulletin.
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