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Learn to assist individuals with disabilities to lead more personally and economically self-sufficient lives.

Program Type

Graduate Certificate

Semester Start

Spring, Summer

Study Options


Minimum Duration

7 Months

UMass Boston’s Rehabilitation Counseling Certificate focuses on training professionals to assist individuals with disabilities, supporting them to become personally and economically self-sufficient, typically through employment. It’s designed for professionals from a variety of fields, including behavioral health, disability studies, human services, occupational therapy, psychology, social work, special education, and more, who want to work with individuals with disabilities to help them lead productive and independent lives. Explore cutting-edge learning technologies and gain practical hands-on experience through fieldwork. Apply these skills to assist people of all ages in different settings, including state vocational rehabilitation agencies and community rehabilitation providers. This program prepares you to sit for the national certification exam to become a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC). The program meets the standards set by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.


  • This program consists of seven 3-credit courses, or 21 credits.
  • Online tuition is $575 per credit.
  • Total estimated cost to complete this program is $12,075.
  • Estimate is based on completing program by minimum duration. Other fees may apply. Request Info to connect with a program representative for further details.

Application Deadline

  • Application deadline for summer semester is April 1.
  • Application deadline for spring semester is November 1.

Application Requirements

  • Online Application 
  • Transcripts — Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. A 3.0 undergraduate GPA is required.
  • Letter of Recommendation — Use the forms provided by the Office of Graduate Admissions. This letter should come from a professional or academic connection who can speak to your experience related to counseling and working with underserved populations, especially people with disabilities.
  • Test Scores: GRE or MAT — We do not require a minimum score. Please note that individuals who possess an MA/MS degree in a related field at the time of application do not need to submit test scores.
  • Statement of Interest and Intent (Required Writing Sample) — Submit an essay of about 300 words explaining your interest in and qualifications for our rehabilitation counseling certificate program.
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae — Your résumé should show your professional activity related to counseling and working with underserved populations, especially people with disabilities.
  • Personal Interview — When the Office of Graduate Admissions has notified us of your completed application, we will contact qualified candidates to arrange an interview (either in person or via teleconference).

Submitting Materials: Most materials can be uploaded via your online application or sent to Official transcripts and other correspondence can be sent via mail to the following address:

Databank - UMass Boston Graduate Admissions
PO Box 6195 Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19115

  • Medical, Psychological, & Educational Aspects of Disabilities (REHAB 602)
    The course is designed to offer students with little or no exposure to advanced life sciences the opportunity to examine the physiological and anatomical basis for many chronic diseases they will encounter in a rehabilitation counseling setting. You’ll examine the etiology, progress, and potential resolution of a wide range of disorders, as well as the potential implications consequent on these disabilities.
  • Foundations of Rehabilitation (REHAB 603)
    Learn basic information about the process of rehabilitation and its history and philosophy. Discussions focus on the organizational structure of the rehabilitation system, the professional identity of the rehabilitation counselor, and legal and ethical issues in the practice of rehabilitation counseling.
  • Principles of Vocational, Educational, and Psychological Assessment (COUNSL 605)
    The course provides you with a survey of standardized tests used in assessing aptitudes, interests, and personality traits. You’ll learn technical and methodological principles and social, ethical, and legal implications of psychological testing and assessment.
  • Case Management and Planning in Rehabilitation (REHAB 610)
    Explore case management in rehabilitation counseling and with the range of community resources available to the counselor whose goal is the effective and comprehensive rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. You’ll learn about case finding and case planning, service coordination, and client advocacy activities.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Placement (REHAB 612)
    Learn about the total vocational rehabilitation process, including follow-up services. You’ll explore topics including the referral process, eligibility criteria, comprehensive (medical, psychological, vocational) assessment, vocational training, and placement.
  • Motivational Interviewing (REHAB 614)*
    Gain an understanding of the basic skills of counseling related to active listening and accurate empathy. You’ll learn the foundation of the theory and practice of motivational interviewing as an evidence-based practice in the rehabilitation counseling profession. Professional ethical sociocultural issues in the client/counselor relationship will be discussed. Lecture, role play, and audio will be used to augment your understanding of the process of change. 
  • Counseling Theory and Practice I (COUNSL 614)*
    Gain an understanding of the commonalities of counseling techniques and practice in the use of various techniques. Explore the essentials of interviewing, note taking, and report writing, as well as the role of diagnosis. Tapes and role playing are required.
  • Sociocultural Considerations in Counseling (COUNSL 653)
    Study the role of culture in counseling and psychology by looking both at history and current issues. You’ll use an interdisciplinary framework to approach the question of counseling in a multicultural society. This course seeks to contribute to both the personal and the professional development of its participants.

*Students may choose to take either REHAB 614 or COUNSL 614.

At the end of this program, you’ll be awarded a certificate in Rehabilitation. The degree will demonstrate your expertise in the field on your résumé, as well as in interviews and workplace evaluations. At the end of the program, you will be ready to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor exam to earn your licensure* to work as a certified rehabilitation counselor. You also have the option to continue on for an additional two semesters to earn a full Rehabilitation Counseling MS.

*Out-of-state students should contact their state licensing board to ensure the program meets their requirements before enrolling.

Why UMass Boston Online?


Among the lowest online tuition rates of an accredited, public research university.


Study full-time to finish fast, or part-time to suit your schedule. Live sessions scheduled with the working professional in mind.


The same courses taught by the same academic departments as on campus. No third-party providers.

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Rehabilitation Counseling Certificate