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M.A. in Deaf Education Studies


Web: Department of Education

Dr. Julie Mitchiner, Program Director
Fowler Hall, Room 302B


The MA in Deaf Education Studies is designed for teachers and other education professionals who seek the opportunity to acquire more in-depth knowledge in deaf education. The program is offered in online, hybrid, and onsite formats and may be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.

Three specializations are offered at this time: Educating Students with Disabilities (online), ASL/English Bilingual Early Childhood Education (online), and Self-Designed (onsite or hybrid).

The MA in Deaf Education Studies program is not intended to lead to licensure and does not lead to licensure in Washington, D.C.

Admissions Procedures

Applicants for the M.A. in Deaf Education: Advanced Studies must complete the application procedures and meet the requirements for graduate study at Gallaudet University. Visit the Graduate Admissions website for more information and a checklist of application requirements. Detailed program information and course descriptions are also available under the ‘Overview’ and ‘Courses‘ tabs.

First Date for Consideration of Application: Feb. 15th
Last Date for Completed Application: June 30

Program Specific Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • At least two of the following artifacts demonstrating ASL skills:
    o ASLPI result of 2 or above
    o Video goal statement
    o Video of yourself teaching
  • A bachelor’s degree in Education, Deaf Education, Special Education, Counseling, Social Work and/or any related fields or a bachelor’s degree in another field with at least 2 years of experience teaching in an educational setting
  • License/certificate of teaching (optional). If you wish to attach your license/certificate to your application, please email it to
  • One letter of recommendation must address: Evidence of successful paid or volunteer work with infants, children, or adolescents and/or families (at least two years).

Program of Study

Program Requirement

Candidates in the Deaf Education Studies program are required to complete a capstone project that will result in a product and presentation. Each candidate works with the advisor to identify members to serve on the capstone committee.

The capstone proposal must include: (1) a justification for the project; (2) goals and learning outcomes; (3) learning activities; and (4) assessments of the learning outcomes. The proposal must also specify the nature of the product and a plan for the presentation.

The committee will meet with the candidate to review and approve the proposal within two weeks of the submission. An approved capstone proposal must be signed off by the MA program director. Final capstone projects must be submitted to the committee and to the MA program director at least one month prior to graduation. 

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Hearing Undergraduate