College of Education
Graduate and Professional Studies
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling
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The Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Program admits students once per year for entrance during the Fall semester and on average, admits 12 students per year. The most typically occurring time it takes for students to complete the 60 unit Master s degree program is five semesters. However, it is possible to complete the program in four semesters or take longer than the typical five semester program. The student retention rate over the past three years has been 87%.
The program has an employment rate of 90% for graduates within the first year of graduation. In Academic Year 2015/2016, we had three graduates and two of them are employed in a rehabilitation counseling setting. Our students go to work for such entities as the California Department of Rehabilitation, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment division of the Department of Veterans Affairs, community college Disabled Students and Programs, private non-profit agencies and other community rehabilitation programs.
Graduates of the VRC program are eligible to become Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors in the state of California with an additional 12 units of coursework. LPCC information can be found through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences at www.bbs.ca.gov/lpcc_program
We encourage our students and graduates to become Certified Rehabilitation Counselors. Since the VRC program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education. students can sit for the CRC exam when they have completed 75% of their academic program. Additional information on becoming a CRC can be found at www.crccertification.com
The culminating experience for the VRC Program is a Master s Project or Thesis. Most students choose the Project option. Students must pass their culminating experience in order to graduate from the Program.
Support for students with disabilities who enter the VRC Program is available through the Service to Students with Disabilities office on campus. The VRC program has a long standing relationship with the SSWD office. For further information please contact SSWD at www.csus.edu/SSWD. The High Tech Center is a branch of SSWD and provides technical services to students with disabilities including adaptive computer training.
Other excellent student services offered on campus include the Veterans Success Office. which provides academic and personal support for veterans. The Well is a magnificent new building on campus with services that encourages a lifetime of wellness through innovative programs. The Sac State Library features a premiere search tool called OneSearch which provides a powerful search tool for student research. Information Resources and Technology (IRT) provides computer technology support for students including the Student Technology Center which assists students to overcome technology related barriers. Many other student services can be found at www.csus.edu/student
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors work in a wide variety of settings including community agencies, private agencies, enabling centers on college campuses, and state agencies. Their general function is to assist persons with disabilities to overcome deterrents to vocational success by means of counseling, training, and placement in suitable occupational areas.
The overall mission of the Sacramento State Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Program is to produce qualified rehabilitation counselors who possess the skills and dedication to assist individuals with disabilities in achieving self-determination, independence, meaningful employment, and full community integration. The program mission addresses the critical shortage of qualified rehabilitation counselors in the state of California and the nation and seeks to increase the number of counselors available to meet an ever-growing need.
Video of Information Session Held on October 2015.