MS in Education of the Deaf - Online

In as little as 2 years, you can have your Master of Science in Education of the Deaf and be ready for the next step in your career. No GRE required.

Program Features

A young boy wearing a hearing aid speaks in sign language to a TWU student in the background.
  • 100% online coursework
  • Degree completion in as little as 2 years, or 30 credit hours*
  • High quality, affordable education & career preparation
  • Specialized coursework that highlights experiential learning with practicum opportunities in schools with master teachers and on campus in TWU’s Future Classroom Lab
  • Small classes with accessible, knowledgeable and supportive faculty
  • Allows certified teachers to enroll as non-degree seeking students to qualify for the state Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) exam
  • Allows students who are seeking initial teacher certification and are Texas core complete to pursue EC-6 Core Subjects certification and DHH certification simultaneously

The MS in Education of the Deaf prepares graduates to take the TExES Deaf and Hard of Hearing (181) state exam (State Board for Educator Certification through the Texas Education Agency). If you are a resident of another state, contact our department to determine whether our program fulfills requirements to take the certification exam in your home state.

*Individual requirements may vary.

Contact an Education of the Deaf faculty member

Project EPIC

Project EPIC is a Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) grant to prepare future teachers of the deaf and speech-language pathologists through an interdisciplinary collaboration.

Why study education of the deaf at TWU?

More than 50 years of Deaf Education

Texas Woman’s has been training teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing for more than 50 years. Home to the longest standing program in the state of Texas, our online graduate deaf education program is offered to students around the world. We stress accessibility for all students and ensure our graduates have field-based experiences that enable them to be successful educators of the deaf and hard of hearing.

Supportive student organization

The Convention of American Instructors for the Deaf (CAID) student organization helps you learn more about deaf culture and provides you with opportunities to volunteer with members of the deaf community, practice signing and participate in social activities with peers and faculty.

Scholarship opportunities

Several scholarships are available to education of the deaf students. Visit the COMS scholarship opportunities site for information on specific scholarships and how to apply.

Career Opportunities

Deaf educators fall within the special education field. According to the BLS, the median salary for special education teachers is $58,980.

Program Requirements

In this program, you will complete at least 30 semester credit hours broken down into:

  • 27 semester credit hours in communication sciences courses
  • Three to six credit hours in field-based coursework earned in one of three ways:
    • Student teaching: Teach full-time in a deaf education classroom for 14 weeks, minimum of seven weeks at the elementary level and seven weeks at the secondary level (must first successfully complete a state criminal background check)
    • 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)

A full list of courses and requirements are available in the course catalog

Additional Requirements

  • If you are seeking Texas teacher certification, another 12 semester credit hours (four education courses) are required. You must apply to and be accepted by the TWU’s Educator Preparation Program to fulfill this requirement.
  • Off-campus, online students must have access to a school for children who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Sign proficiency
  • Grades of B or higher are required for all courses
  • Successful completion of a summative program assessment is required for a graduate degree. Currently, the program uses the Praxis 2: Special Education: Deaf/Hard of Hearing(5272) which is used by numerous states throughout the country.

A full list of courses and requirements are available in the course catalog.

Certification Exams

If you are interested in pursuing Texas teacher of the deaf certification, you must take the following exams (Students are strongly encouraged to prepare for and take all required exams for teacher certification over several semesters in order to avoid having to take them all within a single semester prior to student teaching):

*Required if pursing EC-6 Core Subjects, 4-8 Core Subjects, or 4-8 English Language Arts and Reading

Registering for exams? Contact Linda Kobler in Teacher Certification.

Admission Information

Admission to the M.S. in Education of the Deaf

Program Contact

Dr. Tamby Allman

Application Deadlines

Fall – July 1
Summer – April 15

Admission Requirements

  • Sign proficiency as demonstrated by coursework, certification, or acknowledgment from a state or nationally recognized source (ASLPI, SLPI, TASC, BEI, etc.). Exemptions for individuals who are native signers will be applied on an individual basis after consulting with the program.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work OR on the 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.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. To complete the program application, applicants must first create their TWU Pioneer Portal account and log in to their TWU Google Drive account using their TWU email address and Pioneer Portal password.
  3. Complete the Application to Education of the Deaf Graduate Program. The program application includes a letter of intent and the names of three individuals who will provide letters of recommendation. As the program seeks to provide each student with an individualized mentoring experience, the letter of intent should include:
    • the reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in education of the deaf,
    • a professional area of research interest or specialty, and
    • identification of two faculty members who have similar areas of interest.

For questions contact

Tamby Allman, EdD
Advisor, Education of the Deaf Program
Associate Professor, COMS
MCL 833

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