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Rehabilitation Counseling Mission + Objectives

Mission + Objectives

Established in 1966, the rehabilitation counseling program at ESU has a proud legacy of educating graduate students interested in providing rehabilitation services, counseling, and mental health related services. The program is nationally accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) since 1975. All program faculty members are nationally certified rehabilitation counselors. Rehabilitation counseling services are provided to all age groups who have rehabilitation needs; they are available in public human services programs, private practice settings; and a variety of educational and health-related settings. Our curriculum is designed for students who desire to assist individuals with physical, mental, or emotional limitations.


The mission of RC48 Online is to provide a comprehensive educational 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 effectively 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 PWD to reach his or her full potential.


As a graduate of the Rehabilitation Counseling program, you will be able to demonstrate your knowledge, skills, and dispositions as they relate to the following primary objectives:

  • demonstrate a professional level of knowledge, behavior, and social responsibility as related to Rehabilitation Counseling and ethical principles in the public and private sectors;
  • identify the psychosocial aspects of disability as relevant to individual and sociocultural responses;
  • apply constructs relevant to human growth, development and disability in a changing social landscape;
  • differentiate and contrast the theoretical models of career development and use them 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 the knowledge and skills essential in conducting and using research as applied to program evaluation;
  • classify the medical, functional, and environmental aspects of disability;
  • and demonstrate the knowledge and skills to coordinate rehabilitation services, case management, and related community services.