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When does the program begin?  

The Deaf Ed program begins in the Summer session.

How long will it take to complete the program?

It takes approximately 4-7 semesters to complete, depending on the individuals previous experiences and courses taken.

How much does it cost?   

As of Spring 2008, “ball park” figure is $700-900.00 per 3 credit hour class. Distance education students are charged in-state tuition fees (visit TWU Bursars Office Website  for current fees). They are also charged all additional fees (e.g., Computer Usage, Library Fee, etc) except Medical Service fee.

* Please contact the Bursar’s office for further details at 940-898-3570.   

What is required to complete an online course?

  • A computer with internet access
  • Digital camera
  • Web cam
  • The following 2 books are required:

Paul, Peter V. (2009) (Fourth Edition.) Language and Deafness, Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers

Marschark, M., & Spence, P. (2003) Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies, Language, and Education, New York: Oxford University Press

* Students spend considerable amounts of time online uploading and downloading content.  High-speed or broadband connections are strongly recommended.

Are all the courses online?

For Cohorts B and C, the entire program is offered online via distance learning, with the exception of sign language courses and practicum/ student teaching.  For Cohort A, courses will be a combination of on-campus, online, and off-campus formats. 

Where do I get sign language courses if they are not offered online?

Some local community colleges offer sign language classes.  Courses taken at a junior college or other university will be accepted as verification of signing competence. However, the credit hours earned cannot be applied to your hours needed to complete your Master’s Degree. Documentation will need to be sent to the department showing successful completion of the course.  

Is the GRE required?

Yes, the GRE is required for admission to the program.  A total of 950 (296 new version) with scores of 400 math ( 140 new version) and 550 verbal ( 156 new version)  is recommended. Please submit scores to Student Records.

Do I need teacher certification before I enter the program?

 

No, students do not need to hold certification before getting into the program.

* Students must meet minimum requirements of the College of Education Teacher Certification program in order to be admitted to the program.

Can I work while doing my Student Teaching?

Cohort A, and DEED grant students are not permitted to work during student teaching, so they can devote their full attention to becoming a teacher of the deaf. Cohorts B & C are encouraged to refrain from working during student teaching so they can devote their full attention to becoming a teacher of the deaf.

* Information on field experience sites must be turned in before being admitted to the program.  This information is confirmed and needs to be reconfirmed 1 month prior to beginning field experiences.

Practicum, student teaching and internship experiences are full-time, school-day experiences.

  • Practicum is available to those students holding teacher certification in deaf education or any teacher content area. Those students not completing teacher certification will need to complete 7 weeks of practicum to satisfy the requirements for the masters degree.
  • Student teaching is a 14-week, full-time teaching placement. Student teachers are expected to be in their deaf education classroom throughout the school day, and any additional hours as required by the mentor teacher. Student teachers should plan not to seek employment during their student teaching experience, as 100% of student attention should be focused on the student teaching experience.
  • Internship experiences is the only experience that allows non-teaching certified individuals to be paid during their pre-service teaching experience. This experience is at the discretion of the hiring school district. Texas Woman's University does not guarantee any pre-service teaching student this opportunity.

In State- Already Certified (Practicum Only) 

Student will do a practicum only, with a Supervisor on site (usually an administrator of one form or another) as well as a Coordinating Teacher whom they would work.  This will involve the Practice Based Experience form.

  • Student will register for COMS 5913 (an Independent Study for their Practicum only experience).  All Cohort B and C Deaf Ed students who will be doing a practicum must secure their own practicum site, and the approval of the TWU Deaf Education Program.
  • This department will send out the appropriate forms to the students who should disseminate these materials to their coordinating teachers and supervisors. They will in-turn relate information to Dr. Tamby Allman.(The on-site supervisor will serve as the University Supervisor.)
  • This experience is handled in the COMS office only, and does not relate to the College of Professional Education.

In State-Not Certified (Student Teaching)   

  • Students who are seeking initial certification with their Master's degree in Deaf Education and are taking their education courses through TWU's College of Education must complete the Qualifying PPR before they will be considered eligible for Student Teaching.
  • When students begin the program COMS department will call to confirm their practicum site and supervisors.
  • At the beginning of the semester BEFORE the semester they are to do their student teaching, they must file paperwork (accessible through  College of Professional Education.) (example: File paperwork at the beginning of Fall semester to student teach in the Spring semester.)
  • Our department (specifically Dr. Tamby Allman for those students outside the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, and Dr. Chad Smith for students local to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex) will send Student Teaching documents to the student, who will then disseminate among her/ his supervisor and coordinating teachers.
  • Our department (specifically Dr. Tamby Allman for those students outside the Dallas- Fort Worth metroplex, and Dr. Chad Smith for students local to the Dallas- Fort Worth metroplex) will make sure the timeliness in the student teaching handbook are followed accurately.
  • For those students outside the Dallas- Fort Worth metroplex, the on-site supervisor will serve in the same capacity as the University Supervisor would, were the university supervisor able to visit the student themselves.
  • View In-State Field Experience Summary

Out of State- Certified (Practicum Out of State)

*To be handled the same way as "In State-Already Certified" students.

  • Student will participate in practicum only, with a Supervisor on site (usually an administrator of one form or another) as well as a Coordinating Teacher whom they would work.  This will involve the Practice Based Experience form.
  • Student will register for COMS 5913 (an Independent Study for their Practicum only experience).  All Cohort B and C Deaf Ed students who will be participating in practicum must secure their own practicum site, and the approval of the TWU Deaf Education Program.
  • This department will send out the appropriate forms to the students who should disseminate these materials to their coordinating teachers and supervisors. They will in-turn relate information to Dr. Tamby Allman.(The on-site supervisor will serve as the University Supervisor.)
  • This experience is handled in the COMS office only, and does not relate to the College of Professional Education.

Out of State- Not Certified (Student Teaching out of State)

  • All out of state students who are seeking initial certification are REQUIRED to be responsible for coordinating with their own state's Board of Education to determine what Education courses they are required to complete before they are eligible to student teach.  They are also REQUIRED to send this data to our department when applying for admission to our Master's in Deaf Education program.
  • TWU can offer Education courses, but it is up to the student to coordinate what is needed in their state whether or not our courses are appropriate for their needs.

Certification Only (In State Practicum only)    

*Provided a student is already teacher certified, it will be handled in the same way as "In State- Already Certified".

  • Student will participate in practicum only, with a Supervisor on site (usually an administrator of one form or another) as well as a Coordinating Teacher whom they would work.  This will involve the Practice Based Experience form.
  • Student will register for COMS 5913 (an Independent Study for their Practicum only experience).  All Cohort B and C Deaf Ed students who will be participating in practicum must secure their own practicum site, and the approval of the TWU Deaf Education Program.
  • This department will send out the appropriate forms to the students who should disseminate these materials to their coordinating teachers and supervisors.  They will in-turn relate information to Dr. Tamby Allman. (The on-site supervisor will serve as the University Supervisor.)
  • This experience is handled in the COMS office only, and does not relate to the College of Professional Education.
  • View Out-of-State Field Experieince Summary

Internship (In State)    

  • Students seeking their initial certification and wishing to use a year of compensated employment as a teacher in a D/HH classroom should contact the College of Professional Education to obtain the appropriate paperwork, and follow their guidelines. http://www.twu.edu/mat/internship.asp
  • Students must register for EDUC 5936.30 in order to receive credit for this experience.
  • The on-site supervisor will serve in the same capacity as the University Supervisor would, were the university able to visit the student themselves.  Copies of completed observations should, in addition, be sent to the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department, specifically Dr. Tamby Allman.

  

What about the education courses for teacher certification? 

Students seeking initial certification in the state of Texas must also apply to the College of Professional Education, Teacher Certification Program, and must first pass the THEA exam (Texas Higher Education Assessment) before they are able to take the necessary Education courses required for teacher certification. (Click for Required Courses for Education of the Deaf Certification)  (For more information you may email an advisor  or call the COPE office of Student Support Services at 940-898-2829

 Are there any test required for admissions for teacher certification at Texas Woman's University?  

Yes, for students seeking teacher certification at Texas Woman's University the following test scores are required:   

  • THEA- (Must meet these minimum scores or higher) Reading 260, Writing 240, Math 240 OR
  • Accuplacer- (Must meet these minimum scores or higher) Reading 80, Writing 82, Math 65, Essay 6 AND
  • SAT- 500 or higher OR
  • ACT- 19 or higher

 

 

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