The School Counseling Programs (full-time and summers only) prepare graduates to be multiculturally competent professional school counselors with the cultural self-awareness, sensitivity, knowledge, and skills essential to becoming effective and ethical practitioners, leaders, and advocates to promote social justice, equity and academic excellence for all deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students in a variety of K-12 educational settings.
The master's degree consists of a minimum of 68 credit hours and requires two academic years to complete, including the summer between the first and second year of study.
A special summers only track (69 credit hours) exists for current professionals who are seeking a career change or additional education credentials. Preference is given to applicants having prior experience in educational programs serving deaf and hard of hearing people and to those with a degree in education to facilitate certification at the state level. Federal grant funding is provided to students for most tuition, room, and board during four summer semesters. It is important to note that funding for this special track is dependent on grant award funding from the US Department of Education.
Both programs are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling-Related Education Programs (CACREP) and are part of Gallaudet's Professional Education Unit which is accredited by the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). In addition to the Graduate School Requirements, the school counseling and guidance program requires undergraduate or graduate courses in child, adolescent, or human development; abnormal psychology; and one additional course in psychology (nine hours total).
Applicants for the M.A. in School Counseling must complete the application procedures and meet the requirements for graduate study at Gallaudet University. Visit the Graduate Admissions web site for more information and a checklist of application requirements. Detailed program information and course descriptions are also available in the Graduate Catalog.
|First Date for Consideration of Application:||November 15|
|Preferred Date for Completed Application:||No Deadline
Students applying to the School Counseling Program must initially meet general requirements established by the graduate school:
Students usually take 12-15 credit hours per semester.
GPS 700 Culture and Language Seminar (1)
COU 730 Social and Cultural Diversity Foundations and Multicultural Counseling (4)
COU 712 Orientation to the Profession of School Guidance Counseling (3)
COU 717 Lifespan Development (3)
COU 721 Foundations in Helping Skills I (3)
COU 732 Theories and Approaches in Counseling and Psychotherapy (3)
COU 709 Counseling Deaf People (3)
COU 751 Group Counseling with Deaf Students in Schools (4)
COU 740 Practicum in School Counseling (4)*
EDF 720 Introduction to Research (3)
COU 758 Counseling Deaf Students with Additional Special Needs (3)
COU 716 Psychopharmacology for Counselors (1)
COU 702 Play Therapy (3)
COU 703 Substance Prevention for Children and Youth (3)
COU 715 Family Therapy (3)
COU 734 Lifestyles and Career Development (3)
COU 741 Internship I in School Counseling (4)
COU 737 Organization and Administration of School Guidance Programs (3)
COU 748 Principles of Assessment in Counseling (3)
HSL 707 Audiology and Hearing Technology for Educators and Counseling Professionals (2)
COU 790 Internship II in School Counseling (12)*
*Each student will be required to take a Gallaudet University American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (GU-ASLPI) and attain a rating of Intermediate before being allowed to enter COU 740: Practicum. A rating of Intermediate Plus must be attained before beginning COU 790: Internship.