Master of Science in Education of the Deaf

Admission Requirements

Please see the admissions section of this catalog for university admission requirements.  In addition to those general requirements, the Education of the Deaf Program requires the following (visit the Communication Sciences and Disorders website for details).

  1. A one-page personal letter of intent describing the applicant's professional aspirations
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional work
  3. The Department Application Form available on the department's website
  4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (no minimum score required; applicants should have a competitive score)

Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on their last 60 hours of undergraduate work OR on their last 60 hours of undergraduate work plus any post baccalaureate or graduate hours. The Graduate School requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all graduate coursework.

Off-campus/online students must have access to a school for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Education of the Deaf Program Requirements for a Master’s Degree

  1. A minimum of 36 semester credit hours are required for those seeking a graduate degree in Education of the Deaf. Those individuals seeking a degree with an undergraduate major other than Communication Sciences or those without current teacher certification coursework may be required to take additional semester credit hours.
  2. All students must successfully complete a comprehensive exam prior to their student teaching or practicum experience and graduation. Students will  be required to take the K-12 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) Exam, Texas Assessment of Sign Competency (TASC) Exam, TExES Exam (DHH), and/or other exams as required for certification.

Education of the Deaf Program Retention Requirements

Students must maintain a B average or higher (3.0 or higher) in all graduate courses on their degree plan to be retained in the graduate program. A student who receives a grade of C or lower in a graduate course must retake the course in order to successfully complete the master's program.  Any student who receives a second grade of C or lower will be dismissed from the program. Students must also maintain professional and academic integrity at all times and must abide by the university, college, and department codes of ethics/conduct and policies and procedures while in the program.

Master of Science in Education of the Deaf Program of Study (for TWU COMS graduates) (36 semester credit hours)

COMS 5403Facilitating Language Development through Teaching Content3
COMS 5663Strategies for Supporting Language Development3
COMS 5683Strategies for Supporting Listening and Spoken Language3
COMS 5073Linguistics of Sign Communication3
COMS 5303Differentiated Instruction for Students with Other Disabilities3
COMS 5023Linguistics of Early Childhood3
COMS 5513Instructional Processes in Deaf Education3
COMS 5853Teacher Friendly Assessment Strategies3
COMS 5783Graduate Field Experience of the Deaf3
COMS 5123Family-Centered Early Education for Children Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing3
EDUC 5926Professional Practicum6
Total Semester Credit Hours36

Master of Science in Education of the Deaf Program of Study (for students from a university other than TWU) (42-45 semester credit hours + certification hours)

COMS 5013Audiology for Deaf Education3
COMS 5023Linguistics of Early Childhood3
COMS 5073Linguistics of Sign Communication3
COMS 5123Family-Centered Early Education for Children Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing3
COMS 5303Differentiated Instruction for Students with Other Disabilities3
COMS 5403Facilitating Language Development through Teaching Content3
COMS 5513Instructional Processes in Deaf Education3
COMS 5663Strategies for Supporting Language Development3
COMS 5683Strategies for Supporting Listening and Spoken Language3
COMS 5753History and Current Trends in the Education of Deaf/HH Learners3
COMS 5783Graduate Field Experience of the Deaf3
COMS 5823Literacy Development in Deaf Education3
COMS 5853Teacher Friendly Assessment Strategies3
Select one of the following:3-6
Instructional Practicum in Deaf Education
Instructional Internship in Deaf Education
Professional Practicum
Total Semester Credit Hours42-45

Certification Courses - Students without teacher certification will need to take the following Education courses for Texas certification

EDUC 5113Foundations of Teaching and Learning3
EDUC 5123Learning Theory, Development, and Research3
EDUC 5133
EDUC 5131
Assessment and Instructional Design and Delivery for Diverse Learners
and Technology in Assessment and Instruction
4
EDUC 5143Effective Design and Management of the Classroom Environment (EC-12)3
Total Semester Credit Hours13

Total semester credit hours: 36 COMS SCH + 3-6 Practicum or Student Teaching + 13 EDUC (if not teacher certified)