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 personal letter of intent describing the applicant's professional aspirations (no more than 2 pages).
  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)
  5. Nine (9) semester credit hours of sign language (individuals with professional sign accreditation, native signers, or others with demonstrative sign skills may be exempt from this requirement; such exemptions will be applied on an individual basis after consulting with the program).

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. The Texas Woman's University Education of the Deaf program supports a comprehensive philosophy for teaching students who are deaf/hard of hearing.  As such, a professional level of competency for written, spoken, and signed language is required for successful completion of coursework.  Students should check with instructors on the inclusion of assignments requiring a professional level of competency in signing in order to complete specific course assignments. 
  3. Successful completion of a summative program assessment is required for a graduate degree.
  4. Successful completion of a practicum experience (7 weeks for certified teachers; 14 week for non-certified individuals) is required for completion of a graduate degree in Education of the Deaf.

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 (accelerated track 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 SCHs36

Master of Science in Education of the Deaf Program of Study (for students from a university other than TWU) (42-45 semester credit hours + any required 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 SCHs42-45

Certification Requirements - Students in Texas 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 SCHs13

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

Because of changes with the Texas Education Agency, as of the 2017-2018 academic year, only those students with a degree in a secondary content area (math, science, history, etc.) will be permitted to complete a deaf education student teaching experience at the high school level.  All students without such a degree will complete a student teaching experience at the elementary and middle school levels.

All newly certified educators of the deaf must also hold teacher certification in the content area being taught.  For elementary teachers, this is EC-6 certification.  Students must be prepared to also sit for the EC-6 Generalist TExES.

State Assessments Required for Texas Certified Educators of the Deaf:

  1. TExES Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (181)

  2. TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 (160)

  3. EC-6 Generalist (or other content area)

  4. Texas Assessment of Sign Communication (TASC)