What are the prerequisites for the program?
Students applying for a Master's of Education degree (MEd) in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing must have a teaching certificate in elementary education, secondary education, early childhood education, or special education, and demonstrate competency in American Sign Language.
Does your program accept students with undergraduate degrees in a field other than deaf education?
Yes, we accept students from other disciplines; however, additional coursework may be required.
What is the minimum GPA for admittance into the program?
What are the minimum requirements for the GRE for admittance into the program?
Verbal and Quantitative Score in the 40th percentile or MAT score of 42.
Will the admissions committee still review my application if I have a good GPA but did not do well on the GRE?
Yes, the committee looks at a number of qualifications including GPA, GRE/MAT scores, letters of recommendation, and personal attributes.
When is the application deadline?
Applications will be considered continuously for fall admission. No application will be considered until all the required information is submitted to the School of Graduate Studies.
What should I include in my personal statement?
It should specifically reflect your educational and professional interests and qualifications. Detailed information about prior professional experience, research experience, teaching experience, related service, other degrees, etc. will help those evaluating your application to have a more detailed and accurate perception of your qualifications.
How can I apply for departmental awards and scholarships?
Scholarships and assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Recipients are chosen based on academic performance, financial aid, work-related experience, and participation in community service. Instructions for applying, as well as specific guidelines and information, will be available on the department website in December.
What is the usual duration of study at the master's level in your department?
Program duration depends on the track the student chooses to pursue. Track 1 is a one year program for students who have obtained their bachelor's degree in Deaf Education/Elementary Education. Track 2 is a two year program for students coming into the program without the required background in Deaf Education, but who have obtained their bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, or Special Education. Track 3 is a one year program for students who do not want a teaching license, but who wish to work with families of deaf children in an early intervention program. This track provides students with an early intervention endorsement for serving families who have deaf children ages birth to three years.
Is there a Comprehensive Exam I must pass to be certified?
Yes, in order to earn the MEd., the student must
- pass a sign language competency examination,
- complete a creative project,
- OR c)pass a comprehensive written and oral examination.
When are students expected to enter the master's program?
Students are admitted only in the fall semester.
Can I get a master's degree on a part-time basis?
There is no part-time program.