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Accreditation and Ranking

The Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) accredits both our undergraduate and graduate programs. CORE accreditation provides affirmation that education programs are evaluated against nationally accepted standards and program graduates are prepared for workplace entry.

About CORE

CORE is a specialized accreditation organization, recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CORE is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) and accredits programs that provide academic preparation for a variety of professional rehabilitation counseling positions.

History of CORE

  • Rehabilitation professionals formed CORE in 1971. CORE represented five professional rehabilitation organizations:
  • American Rehabilitation Association (ARA), formerly the International Association of Rehabilitation Facilities
  • American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA)
  • Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR)
  • National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), formerly the Council of Rehabilitation Counselor Educators
  • National Rehabilitation Counseling Association (NRCA)

The Purpose and Practice of CORE

Each new rehabilitation counseling program is assessed following the standards for rehabilitation counselor education programs, published by CORE and accredited programs are regularly reviewed. The mission of CORE is to accredit rehabilitation counseling programs across the country in providing the highest standards of rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities.


U.S. News and World Report ranks our graduate program as number fifteen in the country for rehabilitation counseling and number one in Texas. Take a look here!