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Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Master of Arts in Education & Human Development (M.A. Ed.H.D.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus, Online Learning

Program Overview

The Master’s program in Rehabilitation Counseling is an educational on-line training program designed to prepare rehabilitation professionals to work specifically with persons who are mentally ill as well as a variety of other disabilities. This 60-hour program prepares students for certification and licensure. Students have unique opportunities within this program. Students complete a 100-hour practicumand 600 hour internship with a focus on working with persons with mental health diagnosis in a VR setting in order to gain immediate access to the field, and are paired with a professional mentor for professional development and educational support.The rehabilitation counseling program emphasizes the philosophical foundations of rehabilitation, organizational structure of public, not-for-profit and private vocational settings: individual, group and family counseling theories; behavior and personality theory; human development; multicultural counseling, attitudinal and environment barriers for the people with disability; rehabilitation services; case management; medical and psychosocial aspects of disability; job development and placement; and ethical standards for rehabilitation counselors.  Our on-line counseling program is offered to students who live more than 50 miles from Washington, DC. Students arerequired to spend 2 days on campus at their expense for the Interview Skills class and 2 days on campus for the Group Counseling class (both classes in separate semesters) for the master's program. We have many students around the country as well as in other countries who have successfully completed practicum and internship requirements. As graduates of the Rehabilitation Counseling program, students will be prepared to work in a variety of settings with particular emphasis in working with persons with mental illness in a variety of rehabilitation counseling settings. 

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines: 

Fall - Rolling admissions (January 15 to be considered for merit-based, on-campus tuition support)

Spring - Rolling admissions

Summer – Rolling admissions

Standardized tests:


Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations (preferably one from a faculty member and the other from a professional supervisor)

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please click here.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University
2136 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202.994.9283 ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday