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Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Concentration

Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Concentration

Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Concentration (DHH / ASD)

The Clinical Counseling: Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program is actively recruiting rehabilitation paraprofessionals employed throughout rural Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, in order to meet a growing need for energetic and dedicated rehabilitation counselors across the Heartland. Successful applicants express a desire to embark upon a career in the federal, public, tribal, or community rehabilitation sectors. Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the national certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC) exam. Rehabilitation counselors coordinate a range of pre-employment, employment, and vocational support services to persons with physical, intellectual, sensory, and mental-emotional disabilities.

Completion of the master’s degree in Clinical Counseling: Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling concentration requires 60 credit hours; full-time attendance typically extends over a two to two-and-a-half year period, including summers. As of Fall 2014, the rehabilitation concentration transitioned to a distance format, allowing participants to maintain employment, attend college, and complete internships in their home communities. The online course format allows students to maintain employment, attend classes, and receive internship supervision from nationally certified faculty via distance technologies, all while remaining in their home communities.

The ESU Rehabilitation Education Programs were established in 1966 and have since trained over 500 professional rehabilitation counselors; Rehabilitation Counseling at ESU has been CORE-accredited since 1972. At present, the Clinical Counseling: Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program is accredited through 2022.

Program tuition, fees, and other benefits may be available to qualified and academically excellent applicants. Funded scholars complete an internship experience in the public rehabilitation program and agree to a pre-determined period of employment in federal, state, tribal, or community rehabilitation counseling settings. Specialty areas in Clinical Counseling: Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling are available for funding to qualified applicants:

  • Service Provision to Persons who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (online concentration)  
  • Service Provision to Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (online concentration or 12 credit hour post-graduate professional certificate)

Persons with Disabilities Encouraged to Apply

Clinical Counseling does not discriminate against applicants, students, faculty, or employees on the bases of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, appearance, sex, gender identity, religion, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. Persons with disabilities, persons of color, and women are encouraged to apply.

The ESU campus has been accessible to persons with mobility impairments since 1959. Per the Americans with Disabilities Act, ESU will make reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Students are encouraged to contact the ESU Director of Student Accessibility & Support Services (SASS) as early in the semester as possible to ensure academic accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. All communication between students, SASS, and professors is confidential.

Our Mission

The mission of Clinical Counseling: Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling is to provide a comprehensive distance education program to facilitate the development of highly competent rehabilitation counselors representative of diverse cultural and disability populations, in order to effectively meet pre-employment and employment needs of individuals with disabilities. Graduates are expected to provide and coordinate all aspects of the rehabilitation process, including: assessment; individual, group, family, and vocational/career counseling; job development and placement; case management; medical, vocational, and/or educational training; follow-up services; and other rehabilitation services that will assist a person with a disability to become a contributing member of the workforce.

Program Objectives

Candidates for graduation from Clinical Counseling: Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling will:

  • demonstrate professional knowledge, behavior, and social responsibility as related to rehabilitation counseling and ethical principles in the public and private sectors;
  • identify psychosocial aspects relevant to individual and sociocultural responses at onset of and living with disability;
  • apply constructs relevant to human growth, development, and disability in a changing social landscape;
  • differentiate and contrast theoretical models of career development, and apply theoretical models in resolving issues of employment facing people with disabilities;
  • translate and demonstrate principles, theories, methods, and styles of relevant counseling approaches and principles to diverse populations;
  • employ principles, theories, and activities related to group counseling and working with families who experience disability;
  • apply statistical principles to identification, utilization, and interpretation of assessment instruments and methods;
  • apply essential knowledge and skills in documenting and applying research methods as relevant to consumer progress and program evaluation;
  • classify medical, functional, and environmental aspects of disability; and,
  • demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to coordinate rehabilitation, employment, and related services.


This program is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) since 1996. For verification of accreditation status, please check the CACREP directory at

How to Contact Us


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Mailing Address

Department of Counselor Education
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4036
Emporia, KS 66801

Physical Address

Department of Counselor Education
(off of the ESU main campus)
1601 State St., Emporia
The Earl Center, Upper Level