Rehabilitation Counseling

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Program Information

Rehabilitation Counseling is a systematic process that partners with persons with physical, sensory, mental, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities while emphasizing the holistic nature of human function. Rehabilitation counselors are competent to provide an assessment of abilities and functional limitations, develop plans consistent with individual needs, and partner with clients in achieving their goals through a variety of modalities including individual and group counseling, vocational training and education, and job development and placement. Rehabilitation counseling is a dynamic, exciting field with excellent employment opportunities in both the public and private sectors, including state and federal rehabilitation agencies, nonprofit agencies, veteran’s programs, workers’ compensation agencies, hospitals, and universities.

The 90-credit degree program is completed through a combination of classroom-based and distance learning coursework. Classroom-based courses are offered at the program’s off-campus site located at the Everett University Center on the Everett Community College campus. The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP).

For further information, see the Rehabilitation Counseling program website.


The mission of the Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling program is to prepare dedicated and qualified rehabilitation counselors who will partner with individuals with disabilities to enhance their lives, including self-determination, independence, meaningful employment, and full community participation.

The objectives of the program are:

  • To offer a quality curriculum that prepares master’s level rehabilitation counselors with the knowledge and skills necessary to ethically and competently serve and advocate with individuals with disabilities.
  • To recruit and retain qualified students for a viable program that includes persons from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds and individuals with disabilities.
  • To promote an inclusive learning community that enriches student experience and education and promotes full participation of all students.
  • To create opportunities for student interaction with individuals with disabilities as well as individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • To efficiently and effectively enhance the program by obtaining regular and timely feedback from students, the advisory committee, field experience site supervisors, consumers, graduates, and employers

Application Requirements

  • All applicants must complete the Graduate School's ApplyWeb application and pay the $100 application fee.
  • Within the application you will be prompted to upload an unofficial transcript from each institution attended. If admitted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  • Additional application materials are specified below. Applications will not be forwarded to the department for review until all required materials have been received by the Graduate School.
  • If your degree was earned outside the US or Canada, learn more about English Language Proficiency, Transcripts and Credential Evaluation.

WWU's Rehabilitation Counseling program is offered in Everett, WA.

Additional Application Requirements

  • Three (3) Letters of Reference. References should be from individuals who can attest to either your professional experiences (preferably at least one from a direct supervisor; can include internship/volunteer positions) or academic strength (preferably a university professor). References should not be from family members or close personal friends.
  • Resume
  • Expectations for Academic and Professional Performance
  • Statement of Purpose: a succinct statement (two to three pages) that provides an accurate indication of writing and grammatical skills. The Statement of Purpose must include information on the following:
    1. Your reason(s) for applying, including your rationale for seeking the Master's degree and choosing the Rehabilitation Counseling program at WWU;
    2. Professional and personal strengths as they apply to the field of rehabilitation counseling;
    3. Relevant experiences in life, work, and/or schooling;
    4. Your goals and interests that demonstrate and illustrate your personal value system;
    5. Your career objectives. You can also include any additional information or insights that you consider relevant to your application.



An Opportunity to Thrive Together

Sydney McPhearson completed a practicum and internship at Seattle’s Neurological Vocational Services, which provides job matching and support to individuals with neurological conditions. After graduation, she became a rehabilitation counselor there. The cohort structure in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program provided a sense of mentorship among the students, she said. “The faculty did a great job of creating space and opportunity for us to grow and thrive together."