Web: Department of Counseling

Dr. Cheryl Wu, Program Director
Fowler Hall, Room 104

The School Counseling Programs (full-time) 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 consists of a minimum of 75 credit hours and requires two academic years to complete, including the summer between the first and second year of study.

The program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) and is part of Gallaudet's Educator Preparation Provider Unit, which is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). In addition to the Graduate School Requirements, the school counseling program requires the successful completion of three undergraduate or graduate courses, one each in child, adolescent, or human development; abnormal psychology; and one additional course in psychology (nine hours total).

NOTE: The program is not currently accepting applications for admission while program faculty re-envision our approach to school counseling and system change.  Check back later to learn about the exciting ways we intend to meet the current and future developmental, academic, socio-emotional, career- transitional and multicultural needs of deaf and hard of hearing school children and their families, as well as the systemic needs of the educational systems that serve them. 


Admissions Procedures and Requirements

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 under the 'Courses' and 'Overview' tabs.

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:

  • evidence of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • preferably a 3.0 average in undergraduate work
  • required undergraduate major: Psychology, Social Work or related discipline in the helping or educational professions
  • three letters of recommendation - a 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, (but not a friend or family member).
  • a completed application
  • official transcripts of all college work.

Program Specific Requirements

  • There are 4 general counseling related essays (two in written English and the other two in ASL) required by the Department, and 1 essay specific to those applying to the School Counseling Program that is related to the field of school counseling with deaf/hard of hearing student populations.
  • Interview, in person or through videophone, with one or more program faculty is required.

Prospective students are required to demonstrate American Sign Language proficiency at a level sufficient to successfully complete the Admissions Interview. This interview is conducted in ASL with program faculty and 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.

Required Prior Coursework

Nine undergraduate or graduate credits in Psychology; each course must be completed with a grade of "B" or better before starting the program in the fall semester:

  • Child or Adolescent Development (3),
  • Abnormal Psychology (3), and
  • any other three-credit Psychology course