The Advanced Studies in Deaf Education master of arts program is designed specifically for teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students who have state licensure in deaf education or provisional CED certification (or the equivalent) and who are currently working in the field. This is a self-paced, individualized degree program offering specializations based on the interests of the candidate and his/her educational background and teaching experience with deaf and hard of hearing students.

The program offers two delivery options. The on-campus program is a self-paced, individualized degree program. The on-line program follows an existing plan of study in one of two specializations: Educating Students with Disabilities or ASL & English Bilingual Early Childhood Education. 

Disclosure: The masters in Deaf Education: Advanced Studies is not a state-approved program and is not intended to lead to licensure and does not lead to licensure in Washington, D.C. Gallaudet University has also determined that the program also does not meet professional licensure requirements in all 50 states and U.S. territories. 

Requirements

  • 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, at least one must show evidence of successful paid or volunteer work with infants, children, or adolescents and/or families
  • TOEFL is required from all international applicants from non-English speaking countries. (Use 5240 for the ETS institutional code)

Additional Program Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in Deaf Education, Special Education, Counseling, Social Work and/or related fields
  • At least two of the following artifacts demonstrating ASL skills:
    • ASLPI result of 2 or above
    • Video goal statement
    • Video of yourself teaching
  • License/certificate of teaching (optional). If you wish to attach your license/certificate to your application, please email it to gradapplications@gallaudet.edu
  • Evidence of successful paid or volunteer work with infants, children, or adolescents and/or families (at least two years)