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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

Non-degree seeking student admissions: Contact Dr. Allman:


How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications.  Applications for summer enrollment are due by April 15th.  Applications for fall enrollment are due by July 1st.

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 program.

  • 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. NOTE: At this time we are unable to offer a pathway for Texas certification for out-of-state students. You may wish to contact your state's education agency for information on becoming certified in your state, and we are happy to discuss options with you.
  • Use this Applicant Checklist to verify that you have completed all of the requirements for applying to the Deaf Education Program.

Communication Requirements

The Education of the Deaf Program at TWU supports a comprehensive philosophy of educating students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. As such, we believe teachers must meet students at the point of their needs with regard to communication, language, and speech. Assignments throughout the program require students to have the ability to communicate in sign. For students who are non-native users of ASL, or have not passed a state or national sign communication assessment, sign skills will be evaluated each semester throughout the program. 

Degree Requirements - Academic Coursework

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

Courses - Total hours required: 30 (NOTE: This is a minimum; see below for additional coursework required for certain students)

  • COMS 5123 Family-Centered Early Education for Children Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • COMS 5853 Teacher Friendly Assessment Strategies
  • COMS 5683 Strategies for Supporting Listening and Spoken Language
  • COMS 5663 Strategies for Supporting Language Development
  • COMS 5073 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
  • COMS 5023 Linguistics of Early Childhood
  • COMS 5783 Graduate Field Experience of the Deaf

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

  • COMS 5013 Audiology for Deaf Education
  • COMS 5753 History and Current Trends in the Education of Deaf/HH Learners
  • COMS 5823 Literacy Development in Deaf Education

Five additional education/pedagogy courses are required for students who are not currently certified teachers.  Contact Dr. Allman for specific details.

Degree Requirements - 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


  • Available only to those students holding teacher certification


  • 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 (prior to student teaching):

  • 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 Examination of Educator Standards) 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.

Additional Teacher Certification

In addition to passing the Texas PPR and the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) exams, certification is required in a content area such as English language arts, math, or social studies.


Dr. Chad Smith, Coordinator of Education of the Deaf

For student inquiries about the program contact:

Dr. Tamby Allman, Student Advisor

page last updated 4/7/2017 10:01 AM