Rehabilitation Counseling

Degree Type

Master of Education


Elevate your career as a qualified vocational rehabilitation specialist, and become the leader that human services organizations are looking for.


With the creation and amendment of laws regarding independent living rehabilitation and disability, there is an ever-increasing need for qualified rehabilitation counselors and related professionals. We empower human services professionals to advance their skills to deliver multidimensional rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities, impairments, addictions, as well as other medical and psychiatric conditions.

Our particular focus is to strengthen diverse representation in the industry. We train underrepresented populations to work knowledgeably in various independent, private, and public rehabilitation settings. Interested in learning more? Reach out to a faculty advisor for information about the program.

Learn how to:

  • Address multidimensional needs of clients from diverse backgrounds
  • Apply theory to practice in therapeutic settings

Increasing Representation in the Field

The Master of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling prepares students to meet the growing need for qualified vocational rehabilitation counselors. It builds on foundational skills learned in the undergraduate Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counseling concentration in our Applied Psychology and Rehabilitation Services programs. Starting Fall 2021, students admitted into the program will be required to enroll in the 60-hour program. The program is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

There are several specialization options within the graduate program:

  • Alcoholism Counseling and Addiction Services
  • Human Resource Management
  • Rehabilitation Research Training
Students studying

750+ Course Options

The Coppin State University Academic Catalog has a wide variety of skill-building courses designed to inspire and prepare you to be in-demand professionals and transformational leaders.

Program Mission

The Rehabilitation Counseling Program (RCP) is committed to preparing a diverse population of students as lifelong learners for employment in the counseling profession to: provide high quality graduate education in rehabilitation counseling leading to a Master’s Degree, which prepares graduate students to be qualified rehabilitation counselors and licensed clinical professional counselors, and; provide students with sufficient quality academic and internships, practicum, and experiential opportunities to ensure the provision of high quality professional vocational, clinical counseling, and other rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities and individuals with most significant disabilities.

The goals of the RCP are to increase the number of professional personnel available to enhance the quality of specialized counseling services to a wide and diverse group of consumer populations, and to maintain and upgrade basic skills of personnel employed as providers of vocational rehabilitation and clinical counseling services to individuals with disabilities or mental health needs.

Program Objectives

  1. Training specialized professional personnel in vocational rehabilitation who are able to provide high quality vocational rehabilitation counseling and independent living services to individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with significant disabilities;
  2. Providing a Masters level vocational rehabilitation and clinical counseling education program to develop counselors who are trained to address the multidimensional needs of clients/consumers from diverse cultural backgrounds;
  3. Meeting personnel needs for vocational rehabilitation and clinical counseling personnel in the state-federal programs, community rehabilitation programs, private sector, and other rehabilitation agencies and organizations;
  4. Providing opportunities for national certification, state licensure, and for rehabilitation counseling and human services personnel to upgrade skills, and;
  5. Preparing vocational rehabilitation and clinical counselors to work in varied rehabilitation and counseling settings prepared to address professional issues, community needs, and the needs of persons with disabilities all consistent with the program’s mission and objectives.

Program Requirements

To graduate with a Master of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling, students choose a specialization and complete 49 hours of coursework. Students pursuing coursework full-time (9 credits) can complete the program in 2 ½ years. The program requires courses in 3 areas:

  • Academic studies
  • Clinical work
  • Internship

Each chart in this section explains course offerings and requirements

Foundation Courses (6 credits)

Course Credits Name
REHB 513 3 Introduction to Rehabilitation
REHB 516 3

Theories and Techniques of Counseling


Core Courses (21 credits)

Course Credits Name
REHB 502 3 Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
REHB 503 3

Psychiatric Aspects of Disability

REHB 508 3 Legal and Ethical Issues for the Professional Counselor
REHB 521 3 Seminar in Occupational Information and Rehabilitation Placement
REHB 535 3 Community Resources in Mental and Physical Health
REHB 536 3 Casework and Caseload Management
REHB 636 3 Multicultural Counseling


Measurement and Research (6 credits)

Course Credits Name
REHB 581 3 Research Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (requires REHB 582 as a prerequisite)
REHB 598 3 Vocational Evaluation and Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities


Field Work and Internship (10 credits)

Course Credits Name
REHB 525 3 Practicum (requires REHB 526 as a prerequisite)
REHB 526 3

Internship I (200 clock hours-supervised agency training)

REHB 527 3 Internship II (200 clock hours-supervised agency training)
REHB 528 3 Internship III (200 clock hours-supervised agency training)

Recommended Electives (6 credits)

** Licensure courses may be used to meet electives requirements.

Course Credits Name
REHB 500 3 Sign Language I
REHB 501 3 Sign Language II
REHB 514 3 Independent Living
REHB 602 ** 3 Foundations of Forensic Rehabilitation Counseling I
REHB 603 ** 3 Foundations of Forensic Rehabilitation Counseling II
REHB 604 ** 3 Law and Forensic Rehabilitation Consultant
REHB 605 ** 3 Orientation to Forensic Vocational Practice
REHB 610 3 Organization and Administration of Counseling and Rehabilitation Programs
PSYC 501 ** 3 Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities
PSYC 512 3 Mental Health
PSYC 529 ** 3 Seminar in Human Growth and Development
PSYC 612 ** 3 Group Counseling
PSYC 625 ** 3 Psychotherapy and Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders
PSYC 627 3 Counseling and Spirituality
PSYC 645 ** 3 Professional Counselor Internship I
PSYC 646 ** 3 Professional Counselor Internship II

Required Research for Program Completion

To complete the program, students must choose a research option, Option I or Option II. All degree-seeking students must complete a research option:

  • Option I: Coursework and research
    • REHB 581 Research Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits), in addition to the completion of the comprehensive examination.
  • Option II: Coursework and master’s thesis
    • REHB 581 Research Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
    • REHB 582 Seminar Rehabilitation Research (3 credits)
    • REHB 583 Thesis Project I (3 credits)
    • REHB 584 Thesis Project II (3 credits)

Note: Any graduate student who has not completed a basic undergraduate or graduate statistics course with a B or better must take EDUC 581, Statistics in Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Field work and Internship

The field work experience complements academic coursework. It allows students to apply theory to practice by earning clinically supervised hours in therapeutic settings. Students currently employed in a rehabilitation setting may use their job site as an approved field work facility. To satisfy the field work component, students must complete a practicum and internship.

Practicum Component

The practicum component requires completion of:

  • REHB 525, Practicum (1 credit)
  • 100 clock hours of supervised clinical experience in a rehabilitation setting

Internship Component

The internship component requires completion of: 

  • REHB 526, Internship I and 200 clock hours of supervised clinical experience (3 credits)
  • REHB 527, Internship II and 200 clock hours of supervised clinical experience (3 credits)
  • REHB 528, Internship III and 200 clock hours of supervised clinical experience (3 credits)

Students must have earned at least 150 clock hours of supervised clinical experience in a rehabilitation setting to successfully complete each of the internship courses.


Program specializations allow students to pursue further study into a specific area of rehabilitation and human services.

Human Resource Management

This specialization prepares students to be rehabilitation counselors who qualify for administrative roles in human services agencies. Coursework focuses on human resources, employment and training, as well as public administration, and also includes a practicum in human resources administration.

Students generally follow the Rehabilitation Services graduate curriculum, with the addition of 18 credit hours in the specialization and 90 clock hours of supervised clinical experience. Each student receives a personalized program plan based on their particular area of interest and foundational knowledge.

Specialization Courses

Course Credits Name
REHB 611 3 Public Employment Policy Analysis
REHB 612 3

Labor Market Theory and Analysis

REHB 613 3 Human Resources Program Management
REHB 614 3 Practicum in Human Resources Administration ( 90 clock hours-supervised field experience)
CRJU 553 3 Public Administration
CRJU 574 3 Research for Planning

Master's coursework also provides opportunity for students to earn a specialized certificate:

Certificate Programs

Assistive Technology


Counselor Certification and Licensure


Forensic Rehabilitation


Job Development and Job Placement Services


Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment


Program at a Glance

Learn more about the Rehabilitation Counseling Program at Coppin State University.

More Program Information


Rehabilitation Counseling is in the Department of Psychology, Counseling, and Behavioral Health in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.