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Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

The Highest Standards
Rehabilitation Counseling programs receive national accreditation!
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Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Studies

#1 Ranked Graduate Programs

Michigan State University's rehabilitation counseling graduate programs are ranked number one among rehabilitation counseling programs in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. This unique, specialized program prepares counselors to have the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to collaborate in a professional relationship with people who have disabilities. Our program maintains a distinguished history of graduates becoming leaders in the field at the state, national and international levels.

Employment Success

The employment success and diversity of our graduates attests to the mission of the program to train the highest quality professionals. Rehabilitation counselors work with individuals to achieve their personal, social, psychological, educational and vocational goals and are employed in a wide variety of settings, including:

  • Nonprofit rehabilitation programs
  • State rehabilitation programs
  • High schools and college settings
  • Independent living centers
  • Medical rehabilitation centers
  • Substance abuse treatment programs
  • Mental health agencies
  • Corrections facilities

Post Bachelor Programs


Disability clearly is part of MSU’s mission, and not just a program here or there.


MICHAEL LEAHY

University Distinguished Professor

A bright future


Better Benefits


Rehabilitation counselors represent one of the highest paid specialty areas in the counseling profession.

Employment Outlook


The employment outlook has never been better for doctoral graduates, who occupy positions at major universities and notable leadership positions worldwide.

Rehabilitation Counseling Faculty

Life-changing research

Michigan State University is committed to conducting cross-disciplinary research to improve lives. The Research in Autism, Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (RAIND) initiative brings together students and faculty from rehabilitation counseling with others across the university to address challenges across the lifespan. This includes opportunities on a global scale through the DOCTRID Research Institute on autism and intellectual disability, a coalition of 12 Irish universities, MSU, UMass Medical School, and the Daughters of Charity Service in Dublin Ireland.

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    Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies
    College of Education
    Michigan State University
    620 Farm Lane Room 455
    (517) 355-1838