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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.

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$593 Total Cost/Unit
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As short as 3 Years
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Out-of-State Applicants
While we welcome out-of-state students, SDSU Global Campus currently cannot accept applications from students residing in some specific states. Please check back often, as this list of approved states does change. View the list of authorized states here.

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ED 0690.01 Methods of Inquiry
Procedures for gathering, analyzing, and synthesizing information; reviewing the literature; designing studies. Section selection to be made with department graduate advisor.
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M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate — Nationwide

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