Vocational Evaluation Forensic Certificate College of Education

The Vocational Evaluation Forensic Certificate program is a short-term training certificate that exists for professionals and paraprofessionals who desire to work in the field of vocational rehabilitation. This certificate incorporates current knowledge and training on societal trends in the areas of economics, forensics, employment, and evaluation, serving to enhance and improve students’ education, ultimately leading to greater employment for individuals with disabilities.

  • Assist individuals with disabilities in achieving positive employment outcomes.
  • Help individuals with disabilities identify career and educational interests.
  • Apply evidence-based practices to empower individuals with disabilities.
  • Engage in social justice and advocacy in your daily work.
  • Auburn University hosts the Iota Delta Sigma chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, an international honors society for students, professional counselors, and counselor educators. Memberships are offered to students enrolled in graduate school degrees such as the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program.
  • Faculty will teach the core classes of the certificate program including Introduction to Rehabilitation and Case Management, providing a high quality and expert experience in coursework.
  • The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Cost of attendance: $546/credit hour (graduate resident), $1,638/credit hour (graduate non-resident), and $630/credit hour (Distance Education)
    The tuition calculator can be utilized in determining the cost of attending the certificate program including fees. For more details on Distance Education, please refer to the College of Education Online Course Fees table.


(Virtual) Open House
Please join us for a virtual open house to learn more about the VEFC Program. All virtual open house links will be posted below.

We will have a virtual booth at the National Career Development Association (NCDA) Global Career Development conference from June 27-29, 2022. We will also be at the Vocational Evaluation & Career Assessment Professionals (VECAP) 19th National Forum on Issues in Vocational Evaluation & Career Assessment from September 12-14, 2022. Please stop by!


Individuals with a bachelor’s or master’s degree are eligible. Students in the AU Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program are also eligible for the VEFC program. Students who have previously obtained a Bachelor’s degree will have enhanced competencies to serve individuals with disabilities.


The VEFC certificate program at Auburn University is grant-funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) within the U.S Department of Education. The program is a one-year, six course, graduate certificate allowing both on campus and online undergraduate and graduate students education in vocational rehabilitation. New cohorts will begin each Fall. Up to 15 scholarships will be available to fund students each year.


How to Apply
Applications include submission of undergraduate and/or graduate transcript(s), reference forms, a writing sample, and a letter of intent. Interviews will be conducted for a final selection for admission. The due date to apply for Fall 2022 admission is May 1st, 2022. Upon submission, applications will be reviewed as soon as possible and until all available spots are filled.


Helpful Links
Special Education Rehabilitation and Counseling
Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
Student Financial Aid


Course Rotation

SemesterCourse Information
FallCOUN 7520 – Introduction to Rehabilitation and Case Management
This course focuses on the history and development of the rehabilitation movement inclusive of its legal base, philosophies, concepts, and current trends. The rehabilitation process and its application are examined from the perspective of the person with a disability and the rehabilitation professional.

RSED 7310 – Proprietary Rehabilitation
This course is an overview of vocational rehabilitation in private sector rehabilitation. The student will be acquainted with case management and vocational expert witness work in settings which draw from workers compensation, personal injury litigation, social security, and other third-party funding sources.

SpringCOUN 7130 – Vocational Evaluation
This course provides knowledge regarding the intent and use of assessment in the field of vocational rehabilitation counseling and evaluation, including selection, administration, scoring, and interpretation/recommendations of assessment methods and tools (e.g., standardized instruments in the areas of intelligence, aptitude, achievement, interests, and personality).

COUN 7950 – Emerging Adulthood & Transition in Rehabilitation
This course introduces the transition process of youth with disabilities from school to adulthood and employment with emphasis on the developmental stage emerging adulthood.

SummerCOUN 7930 – Advanced Theories
This course includes intensive study of advanced theories within rehabilitation counseling, as well as an examination of outcome research relating to the use and application of these theories and techniques.

COUN 7110 – Occupational, Career, & Placement Services
This course is designed to familiarize students with career theory and methods used by rehabilitation practitioners to analyze and apply vocational techniques to place individuals with disabilities.

18 credit hours total



For additional information, please contact forensicrehab@auburn.edu.



Last modified: May 21, 2022