The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Education is designed for teachers who have a master's degree in education of deaf and hard of hearing students who seek professional proficiency in an area of specialization. This is a self-paced, individualized degree program offering specializations based on the interests of the candidate and the availability of faculty members within the specialization to mentor the candidate. Specializations offered include, but are not limited to, ASL & English bilingual education, early education, special education, science, and math education, and literacy.

For the program of study and requirements for the Ed.S. in Deaf Education, visit the Academic Catalog.


  • Completed application form. See Application Instructions to learn how.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $75.
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a four-point scale) in all previous undergraduate and graduate study. (Occasionally, applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be admitted conditionally upon the recommendation of the department.)
  • 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 bachelor's degree and before enrolling in their first semester of graduate study.) See Application Guidelines and FAQ for more information.
  • Official transcripts of all graduate study. See Application Guidelines and FAQ for more information.
  • Goals statement. See Application Guidelines for more information.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • TOEFL is required from all international applicants from non-English speaking countries. (Use 5240 for the ETS institutional code)

Additional Program Requirements

  • A master's degree from an accredited institution with a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • At least three years of successful experience with deaf and hard of hearing students (as shown in supporting documentation from applicant's supervisor).
  • Evidence of satisfactory ASL proficiency (e.g., ASLPI scoring report, SLPI scoring report, or videotexts).