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Rehabilitation Counseling, AGC

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “Employment of Rehabilitation Counselors is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022.

Would you like to earn the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential? If so, the University at Buffalo has developed an opportunity for students to take a minimum of seven graduate courses to satisfy the "Category R" pathway standards to earn the CRC credential while complying with all Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) requirements.

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Program Overview

The Rehabilitation Counseling AGC program is delivered fully online on a part-time basis.  

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “Employment of Rehabilitation Counselors is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022. Demand for rehabilitation counselors is expected to grow with the increase in the elderly population and with the continued rehabilitation needs of other groups, such as veterans and people with disabilities.” If you have a master's or doctoral degree in any of the designated areas, then this program is for you! See list of designated degrees below.

Read the List of Designated Degrees

  • Behavioral Health
  • Behavioral Science
  • Disability Studies
  • Human Relations
  • Human Services
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Psychometrics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Social Work
  • Special Education or Vocational Assessment/Evaluation

CRCC also has eligibility categories for individuals holding a master's or doctoral degree in Counseling (such as Category D and E for Mental Health counseling, School counseling, etc.) in addition to the new Category R (for non-counseling degrees). The advanced graduate certificate may be helpful in satisfying requirements for these categories as well.

Successful completion of this certificate will meet CRCC eligibility criteria for educational requirements to sit for the CRC exam. Employment and supervision requirements, as well as additional information on various eligibility categories and more, can be found on the CRCC website.

Why Rehabilitation Counseling?

Do you want to help people with emotional and physical disabilities live independently? Do you want to work with clients to overcome or manage the personal, social, and professional effects of disabilities on employment or independent living?  If so, then the Rehabilitation Counseling Advanced Graduate Certificate program is for you!

Rehabilitation Counselors work in a diversity of settings including:

  • Alcohol and drug abuse programs
  • Medical and psychiatric centers
  • 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

Over 95 percent of the graduates of the Rehabilitation Counseling program are employed in the field. Overall employment of counselors is expected to increase by 20 percent over the next decade.

Growth is expected to vary by specialty. Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors are expected to grow 34 percent, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. As society becomes more knowledgeable about addiction, it is increasingly common for people to seek treatment. Furthermore, drug offenders are increasingly being sent to treatment programs rather than jail.

State and local governments will employ growing numbers of counselors to assist beneficiaries of welfare programs who exhaust their eligibility and must find jobs. Other opportunities for employment of counselors will arise in private job-training centers that provide training and other services to laid-off workers and others seeking to acquire new skills or careers.

Follow-up data with graduates from this and other rehabilitation counseling programs reveals that many graduates are promoted to supervisory/management positions as quickly as two years after graduation.

Application Requirements

Do you want to work in a growing and rewarding profession?   If so, then the Rehabilitation Counseling Advanced Graduate Certificate program is for you!

Individuals who hold a master's or doctoral degree in one of the designated degrees for 'Category R' Certification and aspire to become Certified Rehabilitation Counselors to help people deal with the personal, social, and vocational effects of disabilities should apply.

Individuals who hold a master's or doctoral degree in counseling that is not listed under 'Category R' (i.e., mental health or school counseling) may also apply for the advanced certificate if they are taking the CRC certification exam under another category (such as D or E).

You can start coursework in either the fall or spring semester. Admission is rolling with application deadline of two weeks prior to the semester start dates.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and students will be accepted based on space availability.

Applicants must submit:

  • An online application
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system
  • Transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate academic work. Applicants who are currently at UB or have studied at or graduated from UB do not need to request an official UB transcript. GSE's Office of Admissions can download and print the transcript.
  • To meet the CRC exam requirements, your Masters degree needs to have been granted by a college or university that has accreditation from a national or regional accrediting body that is accredited by CHEA.  This is a CRCC requirement.  (Faculty in your masters program should know this information.)
  • If seeking CRC Category R eligibility, include evidence of earning an advanced degree in one of the following thirteen areas of study, or designated equivalent, as prescribed by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC): Behavioral Health; Behavioral Science; Disability Studies; Human Relations; Human Services; Marriage and Family Therapy; Occupational Therapy; Psychology; Psychometrics; Rehabilitation; Social Work; Special Education; Vocational Assessment/Evaluation.  If you are interested in completion of a general certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling, or want to qualify under CRCC’s Category D, E, please continue with this application and indicate your preference within your Statement of Education and Career Goals.
  • A Personal Statement outlining your personal and/or professional reasons for wanting to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, or other reasons for wanting the Advanced Graduate Certificate. Please include how you plan to meet the CRCC category requirements if you are planning on earning the CRC credential.

Upon admission, a transcript evaluation will determine which courses must be completed to meet the requirements for the Advanced Graduate Certificate (AGC). You will receive an individual program completion plan and will be assigned to a faculty member in the Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology (CSEP) who will serve as your advisor.

Supporting Documentation

All supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to your online application. This includes unofficial copies of your transcripts and any other documents required for review.


Program Requirements

The AGC in Rehabilitation Counseling includes up to 7 graduate courses taken within a master's/specialist/doctoral degree or a post-graduate advanced certificate program. Students with a master's in counseling may be able to meet eligibility requirements with 5 or fewer courses.

If students have previously completed one of the required courses, they may be eligible to substitute an alternate course offered by the Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology (CSEP). Students will receive an individual program completion plan and will be assigned to a faculty member in CSEP who will serve as their advisor.

Sample Coursework includes:

  • Assessment
  • Case Management and Rehabilitation Services
  • Counseling Theories and Techniques
  • Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
  • Multicultural Issues
  • Occupational Information or Job Placement

The certification criteria required by CRC 'Category R' include:

  • Completion of the education requirements
  • Thirty-six months of acceptable work experience including twenty-four months supervised by a CRC
  • A passing grade on the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam

What is the Time Commitment?

Online courses traditionally require a minimum of 9 to 12 hours of dedicated study outside of participation in the virtual classroom, so it is important that you take into consideration other personal and professional commitments as you pursue your coursework.

Learn More

The Rehabilitation Counseling AGC program is just one of many programs in the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo. 

University Computing Requirements

All students are required to have access to an adequately equipped computer that meets the University computing standards as well as daily access to a reliable DSL Internet connection. Students are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning their course work.