Web: Department of Counseling

Professor SooHyun Tak, Program Director
Fowler Hall, Room 118

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program prepares graduates to be multiculturally competent professional counselors, able to work skillfully with deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and hearing clients of diverse backgrounds in a variety of mental health settings. Our training model emphasizes the development of cultural self-awareness, sensitivity, knowledge, and skills essential to becoming effective and ethical practitioners who are able to promote health and well being for all persons in the context of social justice and multiculturalism.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program offers students the opportunity to have a clinical or community counseling emphasis through the fieldwork placement. Practicum and internship opportunities typically include state, local, and private mental health agencies, addictions programs, psychiatric hospitals, and educational programs serving the mental health needs of deaf and hard of hearing persons and their hearing family members. The program is a hybrid program with the first year (including the summer session) being in residence at Gallaudet with courses taught primarily in the traditional classroom setting and the second year being a fieldwork placement out of the DC metropolitan area with continued coursework online.

The master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling consists of a minimum of 69 credit hours and requires two academic years, including one summer to complete. The program of study is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Students are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) during their last semester of studies.


Admissions Procedures and Requirements

Applicants for the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health 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 under the 'Courses' and 'Overview' tabs.

First Date for Consideration of Application: November 15
Due Date for Completed Application: February 15

Students applying to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program must initially meet general requirements established by the graduate school:

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation. Appropriate sources for recommendation include a current/recent supervisor, a current/recent college instructor, someone familiar with applicant to give accurate testimony of applicant's character and dispositions fitting to the counseling field. Family members and friends are not appropriate sources for recommendation.
  • Interview, in person or by Videophone, with program faculty is required
  • American Sign Language proficiency at a level sufficient to successfully complete the Admissions Interview. This interview, conducted in ASL with the program, insures, among other things, the applicant's potential for full linguistic access to and participation in instruction and other curricular activities in this graduate program. "Successful completion" is achieved when the applicant demonstrates both receptive and expressive ASL skills such that the interview flows without significant interruptions.

Program Specific Requirements

  • Four (4) personal essays (two in written English and the other two in ASL) required by the Department of Counseling related to their interest in the field of mental health counseling and deaf persons.

Required Prior Coursework

  • Nine undergraduate or graduate credits in Psychology; each course must be completed with a grade of "B" or better:
    • Child/Adolescent or Human Development (3),
    • Abnormal Psychology (3), and
    • any other three credit Psychology course (may be completed during the summer prior to starting this program).