Degree & Admission Details, MS in Education of the Deaf

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)

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 Department of Teacher Education 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):

Registering for exams? Contact Linda Kobler in Teacher Certification.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the TWU Graduate School

Approval for admission to the Graduate School is required of all graduate students.

Graduate School admission does not imply admission to candidacy for an advanced degree. Candidacy will be granted only after a period of successful graduate work and after compliance with the conditions and course of study established by the University and its departments, schools, and colleges have been met.

The total enrollment of graduate students is limited. All applications to the Graduate School are subject to whatever provisions may limit the enrollment of graduate students. Admission is granted for not more than one academic year. Students who do not attend the University for four or more terms, including the term of admission, must reapply. Graduate students who have been enrolled, may stop out for a maximum of two years including the last semester of enrollment. If another institution is attended during the two year timeframe, the student must reapply.

Graduate students are subject to the general rules and regulations of the University and are expected to maintain the high standard of social and academic life of the University as well as the professional standards of their chosen field of study. Thus, graduate students are subject to all rules and regulations set forth in the Student Handbook, the Graduate Catalog, and the policy statements of the Graduate School and the academic components. All graduate students of Texas Woman’s University are expected to know and adhere to high standards of personal conduct and of academic integrity and scholarship. Any falsification, misrepresentation, or misapplication of information or research; any violation of professional or ethical standards; or any violation of the rules and regulations of the University may result in dismissal.

*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. After you have received your TWU student ID number and set up your TWU email account, complete the Application to Education of the Deaf Graduate Program. You must be logged in to your TWU Google account to access the program application.  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 (1) the reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in education of the deaf, (2) a professional area of research interest or specialty, and (3) identification of two faculty members who have similar areas of interest.

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