To All Prospective Graduate Applicants:
The online Deaf Education's Graduate Program in our Department of Communicative Sciences and Deaf Studies is nationally accredited by the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED). The 36-unit graduate online program generally involves about two years of full-time study. Although a Master of Arts degree is not required for teaching deaf and hard of hearing children, at least 90 percent all of our Deaf Education majors choose to complete their degree along with one or two teaching credentials through our partnership with the Kremen School of Education and Human Development.
The Deaf Education program has been designed to provide our students with a broad overview of the field of education. All advanced coursework that lie at the heart of communicating with and teaching deaf and hard of hearing children has been developed and expanded as part of the overall goal of giving our students a solid foundation in working with diverse population and dealing with the complexities of educational approaches and challenge.
The Deaf Education faculty are highly educated people with great respect for research. At the same time they are very friendly and devoted to teaching. They are not only excellent in the graduate classes but they are also concerned about the individual students and flexible in accommodating student ideas and needs. They are not only as experts in their fields but also as future colleagues and new friends. They become role models, friends and advocates. Classroom experiences, interaction with fellow Deaf Education majors, practical experiences in local schools, and professional conferences, all serve to make our Deaf Education program one of the best in the nation.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Credentials
For students specializing in education of the Deaf, completion of the master's degree fulfills all the academic and clinical practicum requirements for Provisional Certification by the Council on Education of the Deaf, the national organization responsible for certifying teachers of the Deaf. Professional level certification is available following three years of successful teaching under the supervision of a professionally certified educator of hearing impaired children. All students are encouraged to acquire national certification.
Special Education Specialist: Communication Handicapped Credential (Deaf and Severely Hard-of-Hearing)
Deaf Education majors may pursue the credential with or without the M.A. However, students pursuing either credential must meet all admission requirements for the graduate program. Students can not take any CSDS 200-level courses without departmental acceptance into the M.A. or credential program. CSDS 200-level course work taken by deaf-ed students for a credential will not be included on a Master's Degree program of study unless the student has been admitted into the M.A. program. Students cleared as credential candidates by the department and the School of Education and Human Development are not automatically accepted into the department's graduate program. Information regarding the two credentials is available from departmental credential advisers and the School of Education and Human Development.