Department of Education


Mission Statement

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The Department of Education established in 1891, is an ASL/English bilingual, diverse, multicultural learning community devoted to preparing teachers, researchers, educational leaders, and international development advocates. Using a transformative framework the students are mentored to enhance critical thinking, obtain experiences with interdisciplinary connections, explore multiple social and professional identities, and assume social responsibility. Our mission is to promote the intellectual, linguistic, and social potential of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals and the creation of systems oriented toward social inclusion at home and abroad.

In compliance with program accreditation, licensure and certification requirements, and state and federal mandates for high quality teacher preparation and the dissemination of research-based educational practices, the mission of the Gallaudet University Department of Education is to nurture and mentor pre- and in-service teachers, teacher educators, clinical supervisors, educational leaders, and classroom-based agents for change.

Toward this end, roles and responsibilities of Department faculty members include: (1) the art and craft of teaching, including the modeling of educational content, strategies, and performance assessment, student advisement, and curriculum building and revision; (2) research and the dissemination of knowledge through publication, and other creative endeavors; and (3) a commitment to service through a variety of activities at local, national and international levels.

Undergraduate programs offered by the Department of Education

Early Childhood Education
Elementary Education
Secondary Education: Sciences
Secondary Education: English
Secondary Education: Math
Secondary Education: Social Studies

Graduate programs offered by the Department of Education

Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Preparation Program
Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Deaf Education
Master of Arts in Elementary Education and Deaf Education
Master of Arts in Secondary Education and Deaf Education
Master of Arts in Deaf Education
Ph.D. Critical Studies in the Education of Deaf Learners
Ed.S. Deaf Education
M.A. Deaf Education: Advanced Studies
M.A. Deaf Education: Special Program
Certificate in Educating Deaf Students with Disabilities
Certificate in ASL and English Bilingual Early Childhood Deaf Education

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