M.A. in Deaf Education: Special Program (w/o teacher certification or licensure)

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  • 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.)
  • Official transcripts of all graduate study.
  • International applicants should review this page on how to submit their transcript(s).
  • 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.)
  • A non-refundable application fee of $75.
  • A completed graduate school application form.
  • Goals statement. (Follow this link for further instructions)
  • TOEFL is required from all international applicants from non-English speaking countries. (Use 5240 for the ETS institutional code)
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • If you are offered admission: The immunization laws for the District of Columbia require all students to provide proof of immunization prior to enrolling. Please visit the Student Health Services website for more information.

Additional Program Requirements

Applicants to the M.A. in Deaf Education: Special Program are required to send, as part of their application, a 3-5 minute video sample of the applicant's signing, covering two topics listed below, to demonstrate proficiency in ASL. The video may be in mini DV, CD, DVD or VHS format.

Two topics:

1. (In ASL):

a. Please introduce yourself and tell us about your latest degree, your concentration area(s), length of time using ASL, and how have you learned it.

b. Describe your philosophy of education in relation to teaching and learning.  Include any theories in education that support or align with your beliefs.

Please upload your video to a site (such as YouTube) and submit a link to your video to gradapplications@gallaudet.edu. If you need to send a hard copy of your video, you may send it to the following address:

Graduate Admissions, Kendall Hall 101
Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002

Please email the Department of Education: education@gallaudet.edu if you have questions concerning program requirements or need further information.

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