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Vocational Rehab Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Vocational rehabilitation schools prepare students for careers in vocational or career counseling. The curriculum of a vocational rehabilitation program should emphasize sociology, psychology and provide hands-on, practical experiences.

Degree programs in vocational rehabilitation are multi-disciplinary and prepare students to work with individuals in need of vocational or career counseling. Many employers require vocational rehabilitation counselors to have graduated from an accredited program and be certified, which requires passing an examination available through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).

Schools with Vocational Rehab Programs

Here's a list of schools with available programs:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 4-year, Public Graduate Certificate $4,814.10
Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 4-year, Public Master's, Doctorate $16,122 in-state;
$31,674 out-of-state (graduate)
University of South Florida Tampa, FL 4-year, Public Master's, Graduate Certificate $8,350 in-state;
$19,047 out-of-state (graduate)
University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $10,415 in-state (undergraduate);
$10,728 in-state (graduate)
Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 4-year, Public Master's $9,684 in-state;
$24,116 out-of-state (graduate)
University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $11,403 in-state (undergraduate);
$11,040 in-state (graduate)
San Diego State University San Diego, CA 4-year, Public Master's, Postgraduate Certificate $6,738 in-state;
$15,666 out-of-state (graduate)
University of North Texas Denton, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $9,730 in-state (undergraduate);
$5,450 in-state (graduate)
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA 4-year, Public Master's, Certificate $10,710 in-state;
$21,933 out-of-state (graduate)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for vocational rehab schools:

  • Students seeking certification should enroll in vocational rehabilitation programs accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).
  • Many schools have on-campus vocational rehabilitation centers where students can intern or work, since hands-on, practical experience is an integral part of any vocational rehabilitation program.
  • Because vocational rehabilitation programs are typically offered at the master's degree level, students may want to consider undergraduate training in related fields, such as sociology or psychology.

Vocational rehabilitation programs can be found at the undergraduate and graduate levels, though students may choose to pursue undergraduate-level education in a more commonly offered social science field. Students should find out if a program is accredited and has opportunities for experiential learning prior to enrolling.

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