MS in Deaf Education
For more than 50 years, we’ve trained teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing.
Our online program provides practice-based coursework focusing on communication, language and content instruction/delivery.
Please note: TWU is unable to offer a pathway for Texas certification for out-of-state students. Please contact your state’s education agency for information on becoming certified in your state.
Careers & Salaries
This degree opens up opportunities to you as a classroom or itinerant teacher or a parent-infant educator working with families of children who are newly identified as deaf or hard of hearing.
Educators of the deaf work in the special education field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for special education teachers is $57,910.
Why this degree at TWU?
While we have one of the longest standing programs in the state of Texas, TWU offers this online program to students around the world. We offer a comprehensive philosophy of educating and communicating with students who are deaf or hard of hearing. We stress accessibility for all students and ensure our graduates have field-based experiences that enable them to be more successful as special educators.
We create educators who advocate meeting the individual communication needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
This program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours plus a professional practicum.
Additional coursework may be required:
- Three communication sciences courses, if your undergraduate degree is not a communication sciences degree from TWU
- Five education courses, if you are seeking Texas teacher certification
See the Graduate Catalog for specifics on the courses in this program of study.
As a student in this program, you must have access to a working environment with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. You also must have the ability to communicate effectively in American Sign Language.*
*Sign skills will be evaluated throughout the program. If you are a non-native user of ASL or have not passed a state or national sign communication assessment, please discuss this with the program advisor.
An advantage of this master’s degree is the field-based component. You will earn three to six credit hours in one of three ways:
- Student teaching: Teach full-time in a deaf education classroom for 14 weeks, minimum seven weeks at elementary level and seven weeks at secondary level.
- Practicum: Provides certified teachers with seven weeks of classroom experience.
- Internship for non-certified teachers: Allows payment for pre-service teaching experience at the discretion of the hiring school district. (not guaranteed)
If you are interested in pursuing Texas teacher of the deaf certification, you must take the following exams prior to student teaching.
- Texas Assessment of Sign Communication (TASC): Required for all teachers in classrooms where signed communication is used. Must be taken in November prior to student teaching.
- Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES): Pre-service teachers must take Pedagogy & Professional Responsibilities (PPR) and Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) exams. Certification also is required in a content area such as English/language arts, math or social studies.
How To Apply
- Take the GRE. You must submit your GRE scores to TWU. No minimum score is required.
- Apply to TWU. Start this process at least six weeks prior to program deadlines. You must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 hours.
- Apply to the deaf education program. Submit the enrollment packet, references and Statement of Intent by these deadlines:
April 15: Summer enrollment
July 1: Fall enrollment
- Submit a Graduate/Post-baccalaureate Initial Certification Application. This program prepares you for Texas teacher certification.
For More Information
Tamby Allman, EdD
Education of the Deaf