Certificate in Educating Deaf Students with Disabilities

The on-line deaf students with disabilities graduate certificate program prepares current educators, other educational professionals, and second year graduate students seeking certification and/or state licensure in the area of special education to work with deaf and hard of hearing students who have disabilities. The certificate program emphasizes culturally relevant critical pedagogy as a foundation for preparing highly qualified special education teachers. The program focuses on working with the whole child, the family, and other professionals while merging content standards and CEC standards, in addition to general, bilingual, special, and deaf education pedagogy through coursework to prepare teacher candidates to work with a diverse group of children within a range of educational settings. Although completing the on-line educating deaf students with disabilities certificate program will not result in a license, the program is designed to meet the requirements for a non-categorical special education license in DC.

For the program of study and requirements for the Certificate in Educating Deaf Students with Disabilities, click the link "Program of Study" in the right-side menu.

For more information about this program, contact us at  DSWDProgram@gallaudet.edu.

The online Graduate Certificate in Educating Deaf Students with Disabilities offers an email group, or listserv, for anyone who is interested in communicating about events and topics that are relevant to children with disabilities. If you would like to join, just follow the directions below:

To subscribe, send a blank email from your email account to specialed-cert-subscribe-request@gulists.gallaudet.edu. You will get a reply and you must confirm your email before you are added to the list.


Admissions Procedures

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Educating Deaf Students with Disabilities must complete the application procedures and meet the requirements for graduate study at Gallaudet University. Visit the Graduate Admissions web site for more information and a checklist of application requirements. Detailed program information and course descriptions are also available in the Graduate Catalog.

This certificate can also be taken for Professional Studies (PST) credits.



First Date for Consideration of Application: No set date
Last Date for Completed Application: No set date

Program Specific Requirements

  • BA or BS degree in education or related field
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a four-point scale) in all previous undergraduate (and graduate if applicable) study. (Occasionally, applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be admitted conditionally upon the recommendation of the department.)
  • A completed application form. 
  • One letter of reference
  • Access to working with children in an academic environment during program. This access can be on the job or through a practicum or internship experience.
  • An introductory course about individuals with disabilities and the characteristics of the disabilities (equivalent to EDU 670 in the GU Department of Education)
  • ASL skills preferred, but not required
  • Technology requirements and Computer Requirements/skills: A Mac or PC computer with access to the internet capable of running a most recent and updated web browser is necessary for participation in our online courses. The minimum operating system are Windows XP or higher for PC and MacOS 10.5 or higher for Mac. See this website for more detailed information: http://www.gallaudet.edu/Online_Programs/Computing_Guidelines.html
  • Students are responsible for obtaining their own Internet access and are expected to have basic computer and internet literacy prior to the start of the course. Prior to taking courses in this program, students should know how to use: email, word processing programs, presentation programs (such as PowerPoint), and the internet to search for information.
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