Department of Counseling
The professional training program in Mental Health Counseling leading to a Master of Arts degree began at Gallaudet University in 1986. The program was initiated because of a national need to provide appropriate counseling and mental health services to deaf and hard-of-hearing adults, children, and adolescents in mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, community programs, addiction programs, and psychosocial rehabilitation programs.
We are the only graduate training program in the world that specializes in preparing mental health counselors to do clinical or community work with deaf and hard-of-hearing people as well as those with additional disabilities in mental health and rehabilitation agencies. This unique status brings monumental responsibility to Gallaudet University and the Department of Counseling faculty to provide quality education in preparation for full-time employment upon graduation
The program gives a mental health emphasis to the training of school counselors. The age range of deaf students with whom trainees work varies from preschool through postsecondary. The master's degree consists of a minimum of 65 credit hours and requires two academic years to complete, including the summer between the first and second year of study.
The Gallaudet University master's degree program in school counseling is the only professional preparation program of its kind in the world. The program strives to train school counselors to work with deaf, hard-of-hearing students, and deaf special needs students, minority deaf, and hard-of-hearing students, their families, the educational systems of which they are a part, and the communities in which they live.
Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Facts & Figures
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Large City
Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999