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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Critical Studies in the Education of the Deaf Learner emphasizes critical pedagogy as the foundation for advocacy in the education of deaf individuals. Graduates are prepared to be agents of change in their roles as practitioners, administrators, teacher educators, and researchers through a critical examination of educational, social, and political issues. Our doctoral program provides a balance between a required core program of study and an individualized study in a concentration area in which the student plans a course of study with the guidance of the faculty advisor. In completing the concentration area requirements, the student engages in independent study courses, seminars, and research internships directly applicable to the area of research pursued. To succeed in the doctoral program in education, students must possess a high degree of initiative, self-direction, and commitment to inquiry.
Upon completion of all program requirements except the dissertation, students in the doctoral program may apply to be awarded an Education Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree. The Ed.S. degree is typically awarded after passing the comprehensive examination, and is not a terminal degree. The Ph.D. is a terminal degree and is awarded upon successful completion of the dissertation requirements.
Admissions Procedures and Requirements
Applicants for the Ph.D. in Critical Studies in the Education of Deaf Learners 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.
Program Specific Requirements
*The program will identify articles to share with applicants.
Prior Educational Background
MA in Field Related to Professional Goals
Prior Professional Qualifications
Minimum of 3 years experience with deaf children and youth (preferred)
Transfer Credit Hours
A maximum of 12 post-master’s semester credit hours taken before admission to Gallaudet’s Ph.D. program may be transferred to Gallaudet’s Ph.D. program on the condition that:
Select an area:
The following lists are rough outlines of courses that students in each Concentration area could select from. If students need to take courses at other universities for their Concentration area, they may transfer in up to 15 credits, per graduate school policy. Consortium courses do not count toward this limit.
Taken via consortium:
EDU 670 or equivalent is a prerequisite for this specialization
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