Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling - Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Option, M.S.


Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation

Master of Science Degree Requirements
Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling - Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Option

The Option in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (CRC) is a 60-unit program designed for individuals seeking advanced preparation for careers in serving individuals with disabilities in both private and public rehabilitation agencies and programs. This accredited option prepares culturally competent counselors using evidence-based and emerging best practices to work with a range of disabilities. The program has earned top rankings in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and is a national leader in hands-on, real world rehabilitation experience in California and beyond. 

The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling option focuses on an integration of theory, skill and practice in counseling, specializing in working with persons with disabilities from diverse backgrounds. The Clinical Rehabilitation  Counseling option requires knowledge organized around core foundation courses, interpersonal growth experiences, diversity competency, advanced content and practice courses, and an intensive field experience placement. The CRC option qualifies students to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (C.R.C.) examination leading to a preeminent national credential. Students are also prepared to become a licensed professional counselor. The CRC option is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Program Requirements
Under the direction of a graduate advisor, each student develops and submits an individually designed program within the following framework: 

Core requirements (36 units)
COUN 200, COUN 201, COUN 202, COUN 203, COUN 206, COUN 220, COUN 232, COUN 270, COUN 272, ERE 220, REHAB 201,REHAB 265

Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Option (21 units)
REHAB 204, REHAB 237, REHAB 238, REHAB 239, REHAB 262, REHAB 268

Culminating Experience
Choose between (a) the comprehensive exam plus 3 units of electives approved by adviser, (b) REHAB 298 Project [3 units], or (c) REHAB 299 Thesis [3 units]

Total (60 units)

Note: (1) REHAB 201, REHAB 204 or REHAB 245, REHAB 237, and REHAB 238 must be completed with a grade of B or better. (2) Students meet the Graduate Writing Requirement by passing the writing component of REHAB 237 or COUN 206 or REHAB 238. Please refer to the program's Student Manual for additional information.

In order to graduate, the student must complete the graduate writing requirement, one clinical reviews, and all other specific degree requirements. In addition, the student must complete one of the following: (1) the comprehensive exam (may be met by passing the National Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam), (2) Project, or (3) Thesis. Students may take the comprehensive examination a total of three (3) times before being recommended for dismissal from the program.

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