Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (MSEd)


Welcome to the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (MSEd) program home page. Use this page as a guide to the program from acceptance to graduation.

The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program prepares students to assist people with disabilities to realize personal goals and maximize their physical, emotional, social, intellectual and vocational potential. The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program is accredited by Council for Accreditation and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Clinical Rehabilitation Counselors work with adults, as well as younger individuals, in a variety of settings on disability adjustment and vocational issues. These can include more traditional settings, such as Federal-State vocational rehabilitation agencies (i.e., ACCES-VR) and the New York State Commission for the Blind. It also includes a wide variety of other settings serving people with disabilities, such as educational and vocational programs, chemical dependency/addiction programs, social security disability hearings and forensic vocational expert work, hospital-based vocational rehabilitation programs, college disability support programs/centers, etc. Graduates and students who complete 75% of their coursework are eligible to become Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).

Counselor education students will demonstrate a set of values and attitudes consistent with the highest professional standards. They are expected to identify themselves with the counseling profession and to adhere to counseling program objectives.

Program Objectives

The counseling program prepares graduates who will:

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of self and others in order to provide culturally competent personal, academic, and career counseling to individuals, groups, families, and communities.
  2. Demonstrate competencies to work both individually and systemically within complex systems (e.g. schools, rehabilitation agencies, and hospitals) by advocating for access, equity, and social justice.
  3. Demonstrate the awareness, knowledge, and skills to effectively work with clients who represent the diversity of race, gender, religion, ethnicity, ability status, nationality, and sexual orientation as relevant to professional counselors working in contemporary urban contexts.
  4. Demonstrate comprehension of ethical and legal issues and practices relative to school, rehabilitation, and mental health counseling in urban contexts.
  5. Demonstrate a professional identity with the role and function of a professional school counselor, rehabilitation counselor, or mental health counselor.

Academic Plan


Total Credits

Earn at least 60 credits

Advisors and Faculty

Annual Report and Student Outcomes

Please view the Annual Report and Student Outcomes that we provide in compliance with The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the body that accredits the Hunter College School of Education’s program in clinical rehabilitation counseling.

Newly Accepted Students

Program Sequences

Consult the program sequences for a suggested order of courses for the program based on start date. It also includes when to take certification exams and apply for clinical experiences in addition to other important non-course requirements. For technical registration support and troubleshooting, please visit the Register for Classes page.

Hunter College Catalog

To review descriptions of specific courses and academic progress standards for the program along with exit requirements please use the course catalog for the year you were admitted to the program.

Clinical Experiences

Hunter College Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program students are required to complete two fieldwork experiences during their academic program: practicum and internship.


Practicum is a one-semester placement, which may be completed in the fall or spring semester. Practicum requires students to be in the field a minimum of 100 hours per semester (approximately one full day each week). There are two corresponding courses required to register for during the practicum semester.


Upon successful completion of practicum, students are eligible to start internship, their second fieldwork experience during their academic program. Internship is a two-consecutive semester placement, which starts in the fall semester and is completed in the spring semester. Internship requires students to be in the field a minimum of 300 hours per semester (approximately three full days each week). There is one corresponding course required to register for during each internship semester.

Fieldwork Manual

For additional information regarding clinical experiences consult the Counseling Program Fieldwork Manual.


Graduation is the official completion of your program and conferral of an academic degree. In order to graduate, students must apply for graduation using CUNYFirst the semester before the semester of their planned graduation and complete any outstanding requirements by the stated deadlines. Visit the Graduation and Commencement page for complete information.

Credential and Certification

Students in this program may take the national certification examination for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) status after completing 75% of their course work.

Certified Rehabilitation counselors (CRCs) are the only professional counselors educated and trained at the graduate-level who possess the specialized knowledge, skills and attitudes to work collaboratively with individuals with disabilities. Through a comprehensive unique counseling process, rehabilitation counselors help individuals with disabilities achieve their personal, social, psychological, career, and independent living goals. Rehabilitation counselors are the bridge between the individual and self-sufficiency, helping their clients live fully integrated lives.

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) certification is the gold standard. Certified Rehabilitation counselors (CRCs) are the highly sought-after rehabilitation counseling experts. They possess insights and dedication to achieve successful rehabilitation outcomes, offer a dynamic level of focus to serve individuals in need of rehabilitation services addressing personal, social, and vocational goals.

Eligibility and Requirements

Chi Sigma Iota, Counseling Honor Society International

Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) is an international organization that has more than 400 chapters. Our local chapter at Hunter is a student-run organization that aims to build connections among counseling students, faculty, and alumni. We host various workshops and social events during the semesters. Learn more via the Chi Sigma Iota website.

Eligibility for membership is extended to those students who:

  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better on a scale of 4.0
  • had completed at least 12 credits
  • and is deemed promising for endorsement as a professional counselor whose ethical judgment and behavior will be exemplary.

Chapter Faculty Advisors are Dr. GoEun Na and Dr. Jen Yung-Chen Chiu

Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling

Candidates who complete a Master’s in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling may pursue a one-year Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling to become eligible for the Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) credential in New York State.

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