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TWU’s Education of the Deaf Teacher Preparation Program prepares diverse teachers of the Deaf in response to current need in the field. Graduate students are educated with practice-based coursework focusing on communication, language, and content information for students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. We seek to prepare highly qualified practitioners in the field of deaf education nationwide by equipping future teachers with broad knowledge and skills for promoting strong social, linguistic, and academic outcomes among students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing.

Why Choose TWU Education of the Deaf?

The Education of the Deaf Program strengths include:

  • Fully accessible online
  • Comprehensive Philosophy
  • Field-based experiences
  • Synchronous and asynchronous learning
  • Accessible for all students
  • Diverse graduate student body
  • High quality faculty

Careers in Education of the Deaf

  • Classroom teacher of the deaf in public or residential schools
  • Itinerant teacher of the deaf serving students in general education settings
  • Parent-infant educator working with newly identified children who are deaf/hard of hearing and their families
  • Early interventionist working with families of children birth to 3 years

Requirements for Admission

  • Must have earned a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 required for last 60 hours
  • Official GRE scores; no minimum score required
  • Must have access to working environment with children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications.

Applicants must apply to the University (through ApplyTexas) and the Program. Teachers who are not certified in Texas must also apply to the TWU Teacher Education

  • Apply to TWU.  Go directly to the "HOW TO APPLY" section on this linked page. You must follow all university admission requirements in addition to the departmental requirements. Official transcripts and GRE scores must be sent to TWU Admissions Processing
  • Apply to the Program - The program application and recommendation forms are contained in this packet and must be completed in their entirety
  • Apply to Teacher Education  if you are not a certified teacher in Texas; out of state applicants who are not certified have the option to apply. 
  • Use this Applicant Checklist to verify that you have completed all of the requirements for applying to the Deaf Education Program.

Degree Requirements

  • After course completions, students must successfully pass a comprehensive examination for degree completion and graduation

Courses - Total hours required: 30

  • COMS 5123 Family-Centered Early Education for Children Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing 3
  • COMS 5853 Teacher Friendly Assessment Strategies
  • COMS 5683 Strategies for Supporting Listening and Spoken Language
  • COMS 5823 Literacy Development in Deaf Education
  • COMS 5663 Strategies for Supporting Language Development
  • COMS 5803 Parent-Professional Communication Collaboration
  • COMS 5903 Linguistics of Sign Communication
  • COMS 5403 Facilitating Language Development Through Teaching Content
  • COMS 5513 Instructional Processes in Deaf Education
  • COMS 5303 Differentiated Instruction for Students with Other Disabilities

Additional coursework for students with an undergraduate degree other than in Communication Sciences from TWU

  • COMS 5023 Linguistics of Early Childhood
  • COMS 5013 Audiology for Deaf Education
  • COMS 5753 History and Current Trends in the Education of Deaf/HH Learners

Additional education coursework required for students who are not currently certified teachers.  

Field-based Coursework

Includes practicum, student teaching and internship experiences which are full-time, school-day field experiences. 3-6 hours Total

Student teaching Total hours = 6

  • 15-week (minimum 7 weeks at elementary level and 7 weeks at secondary level), full-time teaching placement.
  • Deaf education classroom throughout the school day, and any additional hours as required by the mentor teacher.
  • 100% of attention should be focused on the student teaching experience, plan not to seek employment during the student teaching experience

Practicum

  • Available only to those students holding teacher certification

Internship

  • 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.

Certification Exams

Prospective students who are interested in pursuing Texas teacher of the deaf certification, must take the following exams (upon completion of EDUC coursework):

  • Registering for Exams: Contact Linda Kobler in Teacher Certification in order to register for all certification exams.
  • TASC: required for all teachers in classrooms where sign is used. TWU students must take in November prior to student teaching.
  • TExES: (Texas Exam of Essential Skills) pre-service teachers must take PPR exam and the Deaf/Hard of Hearing exam. These exams should be taken the semester PRIOR to student teaching.

Highly qualified status

In addition to passing the Texas PPR and the Deaf/Hard of Hearing exams, additional certifications must be attained in order to receive "highly qualified" designation under "No Child Left Behind".

Contact

Dr. Tamby Allman
tallman@twu.edu
940-898-2028

page last updated 12/9/2014 9:22 AM