New for the 2022-2023 cohort! All admitted candidates studying Transformational Leadership and Administration in Deaf Education will be eligible to receive an educational leadership grant that will allow tuition to be reduced to $700 per credit for the duration of the Ed.S. program.

Program Description

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 and 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.

Program of Study

The 30-credit hour program is individually designed by the student and advisor within the following framework (approximate credits hours indicated):

  • Professional Issues (6 credit hours)
  • Specialization courses (15 credit hours)
  • Elective courses (6 credit hours)

EDU 799 Independent Study (3 credit hours; each candidate will do a major research project and paper)

Additional Information

Candidates in the Ed.S. program can complete coursework in a number of areas based on their research or professional interests. These areas include, but are not limited to:


  • Completed online application
  • 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 previous undergraduate and graduate work
  • Goals statement. See Application Guidelines for more information
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • All international applicants from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate English language competence via the Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) examination. TOEFL results may be substituted instead of taking the DRP. (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 two 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 or videotexts)