Dr. Carol Erting, Dean
Fowler Hall 210
The Graduate School and Professional Programs (GSPP) offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates leading to professional preparation and certification in a variety of fields. Undergraduate students admitted as majors to GSPP departments have made decisions about their career paths and are seeking professional education to qualify them for at least entry-level jobs in their chosen careers. Students enter Gallaudet's graduate programs to receive advanced education to become leaders in their fields. A graduate degree from Gallaudet signifies the highest level of professional education available for individuals working in occupations serving deaf people.
Academic departments and programs in the Graduate School and Professional Studies include:
The Dean of the Graduate School and Professional Programs has academic oversight of the nine departments making up the school, and also maintains oversight of the graduate programs offered in the College of Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Technologies (CLAST) in the Departments of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies, Government and History, Psychology, and Social Work. The Dean is an ex-officio member of the Council of Graduate Education (CGE), which develops and maintains policies and standards for all Gallaudet graduate programs.
In addition to nine academic departments, GSPP includes the Graduate Admissions Office, the Office of Graduate School Curriculum, Policy and Operations, the Office of Sponsored Programs, Institutional Review Board (IRB), and three research centers: Gallaudet Research Institute, the Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) Science of Learning Center, and the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Hearing Enhancement.
The Graduate Admissions Office coordinates all marketing, recruitment, and admissions, and financial aid for all graduate and professional studies courses and programs. The Office of Graduate School Curriculum, Policy, and Operations coordinates the central functions of the Graduate School, student records, graduate student orientation, and commencement, and also serves as liaison between the office of the Dean and the Council on Graduate Education. The Office of Sponsored Programs coordinates efforts to acquire external grants and contracts for faculty and staff throughout the campus community.
The Gallaudet Research Institute is world renowned for its studies of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States and the Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) Center was funded in 2006 as a NSF Science of Learning Center. The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Hearing Enhancement is a national project funded by the United States Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS). The objective of the project is to conduct research programs that promote technological solutions to problems confronting people who are hard of hearing. Funding for the RERC-HE began in 2003. GRI, VL2 and RERC offer opportunities for graduate students to become involved in research with interdisciplinary teams of scientists.