Graduate Catalog

M.A. in School Counseling


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).

Plan of Study

Students usually take 12-15 credit hours per semester.

Semester I - Fall

COU 712Orientation to the Profession of School Counseling


COU 717Lifespan Development


COU 721Foundation Help Skills I


COU 730Social and Cultural Diversity Foundations & Multicultural Counselig


COU 732Theories and Approaches in Counseling and Psychotherapy


Semester II - Spring

COU 709Culture, Identity & the American Deaf Community


COU 714Emotional & Behavioral Disorders Across the Lifespan


COU 720Introduction to Research for Counselors


COU 731SIMSOC: Simulated Society


COU 740Practicum in School Counseling


COU 751School Based Group Counseling


COU 740: 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