Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Preparation Program

The Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Preparation Program emphasizes culturally relevant critical pedagogy as a foundation for preparing highly qualified teachers to work primarily with Deaf and hard-of-hearing children and youth. The program focus is on the whole child, and merges general, bilingual, special, and deaf education pedagogy and content through coursework and field experiences to prepare teacher candidates to work with a diverse group of children within a range of educational settings. Candidates will follow a merged course of study resulting in dual licensure in Deaf Education and one of the following areas of general education: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Biology Education, Secondary Chemistry Education, Secondary English Education, Secondary General Science Education, Secondary Mathematics Education or Secondary Social Studies Education. Candidates who have previously completed a program and hold state licensure in general education may enroll in the Deaf Education component of the program.

The Graduate School admission requirements are essentially the same for all four degrees. Prerequisites and plans of studies vary by degrees, as described below:

Degree Credits Typical Time Frame Licensure and Certification
Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Deaf Education 81 Two and half calendar years, including one summer Dual state licensure in Early Childhood Education and Deaf Education (K-12)

Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement Council on Education for the Deaf (CED) certification
Master of Arts in Elementary Education and Deaf Education 78 Two and half calendar years, including one summer Dual state licensure in Elementary Education and Deaf Education (K-12)

CED certification
Master of Arts in Secondary Education and Deaf Education 66 Two and half calendar years, including one summer Dual state licensure in Secondary Education and Deaf education

CED certification
Master of Arts in Deaf Education 38-50 One and half calendar years, including one summer State licensure in deaf education

CED certification