Originally, CDER was created with funding from a grant by the U. S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration as part of the Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD). The goal was to support personnel working as rehabilitation counselors in state Vocational Rehabilitation agencies who did not have the appropriate education and training. When that funding ended, the need for access to this degree continued, and CDER is now a self-support program for students outside of the San Diego catchment area to earn the 60-unit MS degree via distance education that is administered 100% online. The program admits one cohort at a time who complete the three-year program by taking two or three courses each semester all year round for three years. Using the same admission and retention criteria, curriculum requirements, student learning outcomes, and graduation requirements as the on-campus program, CDER students are located throughout the United States, including American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands.
While we welcome out-of-state students, SDSU Global Campus currently cannot accept applications from students residing in the specific states. Please check back often, as this list of approved states does change. View the list of authorized states here.
Electronic transcripts are highly encouraged. Please ensure that you indicate this preference when making your request. If you are required to provide an email address to send the secure online document to SDSU, please use firstname.lastname@example.org.
Provide rehabilitation professionals with knowledge and skills to assess assistive technology needs of individuals with disabilities and match those needs with appropriate adaptations, equipment, and/or resources to expand employment and related quality of life opportunities.
Admission to rehabilitation counseling program or consent of instructor.
Interface of the individual and the environment covering disabilities from the perspective of each disability viewed in terms of functional capacities and rehabilitative services needed.
Prerequisites: Open to rehabilitation graduate students and practitioners.
Supervised internship in rehabilitation setting which involves application of rehabilitation counseling experiences. Maximum credit of nine units applicable to a Master of Science degree in rehabilitation counseling or enrollment in the Rehabilitation Administration Certificate.
Completion of at least 24 units leading to Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling.