Web: Department of Counseling

Dr. Linda Lytle, Program Director
Fowler Hall, Room 106

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 is a hybrid program, generally requiring three years to complete. Typically students attend classes on campus three summers and take courses online for 6 semesters. As this program is typically grant supported, the time frame and program specifics vary slightly depending on how awarded proposals are written so it is important for prospective students to be alert to those variations within the program. 

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.

The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational 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). Students are eligible to take the National Counselor Exam during their last semester in the program.

NOTE: The program is not accepting applications for admission at this time.


Admissions Procedures and Requirements

Applicants for the Summers and Online 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 'Overview' and 'Courses' 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
  • 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
  • A minimum of 2 years work experience (preferably within the schools, and definitely with children or teens) 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

  • Minimum of nine (9) credit hours in psychology prior to entering the program, including undergraduate or graduate courses in child, adolescent, or human development; abnormal psychology; and one additional psychology course (grades of B or better).