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.

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

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

Admissions Procedures and Requirements

Applicants for the Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Preparation 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.

DEADLINE

DATE

First Date for Consideration of Application: No set date
Last Date for Completed Application (including received test scores: Praxis and ASLPI results): June 30th

The Graduate School admission requirements and program requirements are essentially the same for all four Teacher Preparation degrees. Prerequisites and plans of studies vary by degree in described in the individual programs for each.

Program Specific Requirements

  • Full-time study (Part-time enrollment will be considered on an individual basis.)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate study, including evidence of having received a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. (Those applying during their final undergraduate year will be required to submit a final transcript after completion of their undergraduate study.)
  • Official transcript of all graduate study, if applicable
  • An interview is strongly encouraged.
  • ASL Goal statements
  • Three Letters of Reference
  • Praxis I (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) - New requirement, please review
  • Evidence of satisfactory federal criminal background check
  • TOEFL scores for all international applicants
  • A minimum ASLPI result of 2 (If ASLPI rating is lower than 2+, the candidate is strongly encouraged to attend the Gallaudet University summer ASL immersion program.) *ASLPI result of 2+ for Deaf Education specialization only

Prerequisite Coursework

A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a four-point scale) in all previous undergraduate (and graduate if applicable) study.

Prior Professional Experience

At least 200 hours of successful paid or volunteer work with Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing infants, children, or adolescents, corresponding to the level for which the applicant is applying.  Examples of paid or volunteer work are: summer camp, after school programs, Church programs, coaching, etc.

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