Promote inclusion through 
counseling and advocacy.

Promote inclusion through
counseling and advocacy.

Master's (M.A.) in Counseling: Rehabilitation Counseling

Department of Counseling and Integrated Programs (formerly known as the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling)

  • Meet growing demand for counselors and empower those with disabilities in Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP)-accredited program.
  • Earn your degree in two years of full time study, or part-time with flexible options available.
  • Train with expert faculty in small classes designed to foster collaboration and community.
  • Gain extensive hands-on experience with a unique focus on socially responsible practice.

Our Master of Arts in Counseling: Specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling program prepares clinicians to improve quality of life for individuals who face physical, developmental, and emotional challenges. Trained to confront systemic barriers and increase opportunities for inclusion, our graduates are well equipped to empower populations such as the elderly, veterans, and people with disabilities in a wide range of settings.

Our innovative program is also accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP), which recognizes programs that meet or exceed the highest standards for counselor preparation. With a comprehensive theoretical curriculum and supervised clinical field experiences, we excel at preparing clinicians for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination and careers in counseling, case management, and advocacy.

Our immersive learning environment prepares students to work not only with individuals with disabilities, but also communities in addressing challenges stemming from disability, including employers, family members, education professionals, and others. Our Rehabilitation Counseling training revolves around three core elements: ethical behavior, diversity or individual differences, and critical thinking. Rigorous coursework and real-world experience focus students on creating positive social change—all led by experts in the field.

Adler University is a nationally recognized pioneer in graduate education, preparing socially responsible practitioners who embrace diversity and help individuals achieve greater autonomy.


Our program is designed to prepare rehabilitation counselors to provide evaluation, personal and vocational counseling, and support
for independent living in a range of settings, including:

  • State and federal rehabilitation facilities
  • Mental health and psychiatric rehabilitation facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Career counseling centers
  • Veterans administration
  • Private rehabilitation organizations
  • Private practice

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the following licensures and certifications:

  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), a nationally recognized credential.
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in the state of Illinois.
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) credential in Illinois, upon completing all necessary post-graduate training. Students interested in applying for licensure elsewhere should work with their advisors to plan their curriculum accordingly.
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential.

Professional Development & Training

Gain the knowledge and skills to create real change with small, collaborative classes taught by leading practitioners and scholars in the field of rehabilitation counseling. Our diverse faculty brings together classroom learning with individualized mentorship and hands-on professional experience.

Unique to our institution is the Social Justice Practicum, a nonclinical experiential practicum completed by all Adler students to cultivate the skills for becoming agents of social change. Working with our network of hundreds of community partners, students develop the practical knowledge and understanding of what it means to engage with communities and be a socially responsible practitioner.

Students also complete extensive field training, which provides opportunities to develop professional counseling skills working with individuals with disabilities in a variety of medical facilities, clinics, rehabilitation centers, private practices, community organizations, and government agencies. This training consists of a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship, typically at the same site.

Cohort Learning, Format, & Support

Our program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study.

When you enroll, you join a cohort or group of students who will take classes together throughout the course of the program. This cohort model emphasizes collaboration, communication, connection, and camaraderie among students.

Our program environment is characterized by Adlerian encouragement, empathy, genuine care, and good will, with the expressed purpose of supporting the personal and professional growth of each of our students based on their interests and professional focus.

Upon graduation, you will become a member of the University’s Alumni Association, which along with our Office of Alumni Affairs, provides extensive ongoing networking and professional development opportunities.

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