Rehabilitation Counseling, AC

Our rehabilitation counseling advanced certificate program is for you if you hold a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling or a related field of study and you want to help veterans or people with disabilities return to work or live independently. You will learn the background education and information needed to effectively work with clients to overcome or manage the personal, social and professional effects of disabilities on achieving their goals. Our program provides you with the educational requirements to be eligible for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam under the new Category 3 guidelines (formerly Category D and R). Additional guidelines are set and approved by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) requirements.

On this page:

Why Rehabilitation Counseling at UB?

Rehabilitation counseling is an exciting, rapidly growing profession, and UB's master’s degree program is one of the oldest and best of its kind in the United States. Students earning the certificate will learn alongside students enrolled in the master’s degree program. Certified Rehabilitation Counselors hold leadership positions around the country and work to assist people with disabilities to achieve goals related to vocational, educational, emotional, social, and transition issues. This program is offered on campus or in a fully online format.

The features of our program include:

  • training in a field that is high in demand due to an increasing elderly population and the continued rehabilitation needs of other groups, such as veterans and people with disabilities
  • training in a field with a projected employment growth of 20 percent through 2022 (U.S. Department of Labor)
  • training in a field that is the highest paid counseling profession, including better overall benefits (American Counseling Association)
  • program courses that are approved by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Advanced Certificate
Credits required for completion 15 to 24
Time to completion 3 to 4 part-time semesters
Course delivery On campus or online

Rehabilitation counseling settings include:

  • alcohol, drug and other addiction recovery programs
  • medical and psychiatric centers
  • military and veteran programs
  • multi-purposed community centers
  • nursing homes
  • penal and correctional institutions
  • private practice
  • state divisions of vocational rehabilitation
  • vocational counseling centers
  • vocational evaluation programs
  • youth and family service agencies
Application deadline

Priority Deadlines
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling until Jan. 10

Fall: April 1, then rolling until Aug. 10

Learn More

Frequently Asked Questions

We have a collection of frequently asked questions that may help you. If your questions are still unanswered, we are glad to help! Contact our admission office.

Questions About the Admission Process?

Graduate School of Education
366 Baldy Hall, North Campus

University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection, a computer that meets university computing standards and basic computer competency.