Preparing students for in-demand 
positions as rehabilitation counselors.

Preparing students for in-demand
positions as rehabilitation counselors.

Rehabilitation Counseling Overview

As lifespans increase, so do populations of elderly individuals, veterans, and people with disabilities. The demand for rehabilitation counselors to work with these populations is higher than ever: Opportunities are expected to grow 28% this decade alone.

Rehabilitation counselors are specially trained to enhance the quality of life for individuals facing physical, developmental, and emotional challenges—by providing evaluation, personal and vocational counseling, referral and support for independent living, advocacy, and much more.

Our program trains counselors for this work through coursework infused with three elements integral to rehabilitation counselor education: ethical behavior, diversity or individual differences, and critical thinking. Through academic and clinical experiences that provide a comprehensive, hands-on education, Adler University graduates are prepared for counseling positions in a range of settings, including psychiatric rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, mental health agencies, career counseling centers, vocational evaluation centers, and private rehabilitation organizations.  We are currently accredited by CORE (Council on Rehabilitation Education); as a result of  CORE’s merger with CACREP, our program will have CACREP accreditation beginning July 1, 2017.

Our robust curriculum emphasizes social equality, justice, and respect for individuals with disabilities within the community—while training socially responsible practitioners who embrace diversity and empower individuals to achieve greater autonomy in their lives and careers. Click here to read our program mission and objectives statement.

We provide an immersive learning experience with a diverse faculty. Professors are practicing clinicians experienced in the field of rehabilitation counseling, as well as scholars and researchers. Learning takes place in small, intimate classes, and through the exceptional training opportunities we offer.

Through strong faculty support, a dedicated Training Department, and the University’s partnerships with hundreds of community agencies, our students gain valuable practicum experience in a wide variety of specialized settings. Our downtown Chicago location provides diverse options for practicum work with medical facilities, clinics, rehabilitation centers, private practices, community organizations, and government agencies.

Our comprehensive theoretical curriculum and supervised clinical field experiences prepare students for success taking the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination: Our students have achieved an impressive 95% passing rate to date. Our individualized advising helps students succeed both inside and outside the classroom during their Adler University experience. Click here to learn more about our program outcomes.


Graduates of this program are also eligible to apply for:

  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination, a nationally recognized credential.
  • The Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in the state of Illinois, with no additional examination requirements for students who pass the CRC.
  • The Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) credential in Illinois, upon completing all necessary post-graduate training. Because licensure requirements vary by state, students who anticipate applying for licensure elsewhere may need to acquire
    additional practicum hours or courses beyond the Adler University degree requirements. All students are encouraged to work with their faculty advisors and plan their curriculum accordingly.
  • The National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential, as well as sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) before graduation. Upon degree completion, students can submit their passing NCE scores to the State of Illinois licensing board, toward the fulfillment of state licensing requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US institution or a comparable degree from an international institution 
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate coursework 
  • Approved applicants will be invited for an interview as the final step in the admissions process


The Master of Arts in Counseling: Specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling program is fully accredited by the Council of Rehabilitation Education (CORE). For more information,  contact Program Director Mary Drout, Ph.D.