Summers and Online School Counseling Program

NOTE: This program accepts applications every 3 or 4 years and the next cohort of students is expected to begin in Summer of 2017 or 2018.

The Summers and Online School Counseling Program prepares 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 Summers and Online School Counseling Program (58 credit hours) is a hybrid program, requiring two and a half years to complete. Students will attend classes on campus three summers and take courses online for 5 semesters. As this program is designed 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. Possession of such experience and degree will facilitate licensing at the state level.

The program of study is accredited by the the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Council on Accreditation of Counseling-Related Education Programs (CACREP). In addition to the Graduate School Requirements, admission into this program requires undergraduate or graduate courses in child, adolescent, or human development; abnormal psychology; and one additional course in psychology (nine hours total).

Program Mission

The School Counseling Programs prepare graduates to be multiculturally competent professional school counselors with the self-awareness, sensitivity, knowledge, and skills essential to becoming effective and ethical practitioners, leaders, and advocates for quality comprehensive counseling services and/or programs for all deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students in a variety of educational settings.

Student Learning Outcomes

In line with the 2009 CACREP Standards for School Counseling Programs, graduates of our school counseling programs will:

  1. Articulate understanding of, advocate for, and model the professional role and identity of a counselor, in particular the school counselor.
  2. Demonstrate self-, and other- awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to effectively relate to and counsel diverse individuals and their families, groups, and classrooms, while demonstrating understanding of human growth and development.
  3. Integrate awareness, knowledge, and skills related to economic, legal, and political issues surrounding diversity, equity, and excellence in learning, achievement, and whole student development.
  4. Identify and assess multiple factors that influence the personal, social, and academic functioning of students, particularly any indicators of abuse/neglect or potential impact of crises/trauma, and select culturally appropriate prevention strategies or interventions.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to apply culturally appropriate ethical decision making and adhere to ethical, legal, and professional standards related to the practice of professional counseling, and in particularly school counseling.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of and evaluate research relevant to the practice of counseling/school counseling with an ability to use outcome research data to inform decision making, accountability, and best practices.
  7. Facilitate teams and prevention/intervention plans which enable students to overcome barriers to learning and facilitate success and achievement in academic, career, and personal/social development.
  8. Demonstrate basic knowledge and application of school and community consultation and collaboration theoretical models and processes
  9. Demonstrate understanding of the concepts, strategies, and practices designed to (1) enhance student academic, career and personal development, (2) close the achievement gap, and (3) prevent students from dropping out of school
  10. Recognize the importance of the school counselor as a system change agent and apply this in practice utilizing multicultural counseling competencies, effective leadership, advocacy, consultation, and collaboration to influence change on the individual, group, and organizational and systemic levels.

Annual Student Outcomes Report:  Summers and Online School Counseling Program

The Summers & Online School Counseling Program at Gallaudet University admits students every 3 to 4 years. Classes are offered during three 6-week summer sessions and online during the fall and spring semesters. 

The most recent cohort of eight students was admitted in June 2011 and 100% completed their program in December 2013.  Sixty-three percent of these students successfully passed the National Counselor Examination in fall 2013.  As graduation occurred in December - the middle of the academic year -  immediate job placement rates for school counselor positions were low - 38%. However the majority of graduates are employed within the school system in non-counselor positions while awaiting employment opportunities as school counselors for the beginning of the 2014 academic year.

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