Rehabilitation Counseling Master’s of Science (Online)

The purpose of this Rehabilitation Counseling program is to assist people with disabilities in living a full, independent, and meaningful lives.

Fort Valley State University


Rehabilitation counselors help people with physical, mental, developmental, or emotional disabilities live independently. They work in a variety of settings, such as community rehabilitation centers, senior citizen centers, and youth guidance organizations

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Fully online



The Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling is a sixty-one (61) semester-hour program within the Department of Counseling and is fully accredited as a traditional Rehabilitation Counseling program by the nationally recognized Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) for a period of eight years beginning July 2015 through July 2023. The Rehabilitation Counseling program will apply in the future for the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling accreditation under CACREP with the current sixty-one-hour curriculum constructed to be evaluated under CACREP 2016 standards.


The clinical rehabilitation counseling students will:

  • Gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to address varied issues within the rehabilitation counseling context.  
  • Engage in an online curriculum that prepares students to work with individuals with disabilities, their support systems, and their environment to achieve their personal, social, psychological, and vocational goals.  
  • Demonstrate the competencies in the areas of medical and psychosocial aspects of disabilities, technology, labor and job analysis, assessments, and the historical foundations of rehabilitation counseling.  

Course Requirements

Each graduate must have an academic grade-point average (computed overall graduate work attempted) of at least 3.00 (B average). Students who fall below an overall GPA of 3.00 are placed on probation and sent formal notice that they have two (2) semesters to raise their overall GAP to at least 3.00 or will receive a formal notice of dismissal. In addition, all candidates for graduation must take and pass the Final Written Comprehensive Examination.

Support Services

The Bond Building computer laboratory is available to enrolled students, as is the Warner Robins Center computer lab. Library facilities are available in the Hubbard Education Building, Warner Robins Center, and the main library. The Galileo System is available on the Desire to Learn platform for online students.


Students may pursue their research initiatives under the guidance of faculty. However, faculty members and students may collaboratively work on research projects. Some employment outcomes include ethnic minorities with disabilities, multiculturalism, spirituality, rehabilitation, and attitudes toward individuals with disabilities.

Course Requirements for the MS in Clinical Rehabilitation (61 Hours)

Program Requirements

  1. The practicum and internship experiences must include working with individuals with various disabilities (i.e., physical; mental).
  2. The practicum and internship will be during the regular workday, given that vocational rehabilitation outcomes (e.g., job development and placement) are necessary components of the experiences based on accreditation mandates.
  3. Students cannot use their regular, full-time job for the experiences unless they complete different activities than their usual duties that satisfy the necessary outcomes. Students will find it extremely difficult to work full-time in a current position and complete the required hours for their experiential components, especially the internship.
  4. The Practicum requires 100 hours (40 hours of direct service to consumers), and the internship requires 600 hours over one semester (240 hours of direct service to consumers) or two semesters of 300 hours (120 hours of direct service to consumers per semester).
  5. Students must have the appropriate technology to be admitted and participate in program activities. These required technologies include a working mic and webcam. Additionally, students must use a paid proctoring service (e.g., ProctorU) to sit for the Comprehensive Examination.
  6. Students who wish to sit for state licensure after completing the CLRC program and obtaining their national certification as Rehabilitation Counselors should contact their respective state licensure boards for additional requirements.

Admission Application Requirements

  1. A Completed Graduate Application
  2. Application Processing Fee (non-refundable)
    • $20 – Domestic Applicants
    • $75 – International Applicants
  3. A Professional Resume
  4. A Statement of Purpose
    • The statement must be between 550-600 words. The Statement of Purpose should be in essay format and include personal characteristics/disposition, professional goals, academic background, research, work/volunteer experience and why you wish to pursue a graduate degree in the respective area.
  5. Three Professional Recommendations
    • Letters of recommendation must be submitted using the FVSU Recommendation form for Graduate Admission.
  6. Submit Official Transcripts from each postsecondary institution (College/University) attended showing a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75. The transcript should show all degrees and coursework, the dates awarded, and grades earned.
  7. Immunization records
    • International Transcript Evaluation: Transcripts from educational institutions outside the United States must be evaluated by any current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) ( with a course-by-course evaluation and grade point average (GPA) included. The transcript must be received directly from the evaluation service/agency.

Meet the Faculty

The Counseling Department faculty at Fort Valley State University understand what it takes to succeed.


Program Contact

Otha Everett, Ed.D., CRC, MHP

Assistant Professor

rehabilitation counseling 

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