Degree & Admission Details, MS in Education of the Deaf
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)
- 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.
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):
- Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES): Pre-Admissions Content Test (PACT) or Core Subjects EC-6 (291) or Core Subjects 4-8 (211) Exam (or other content areas)
- TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 (160)
- TExES Deaf/Hard of Hearing (181) exam
- Texas Assessment of Sign Communication (TASC): Required for all teachers in classrooms where signed communication is used. Must be taken in November prior to student teaching.
Registering for exams? Contact Linda Kobler in Teacher Certification.
Admission to the TWU Graduate School
When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.
Check out the links below for specific admissions information:
*Admission to the M.S. in Education of the Deaf
Dr. Tamby Allman
Fall – July 1
Summer – April 15
- 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
- Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
- 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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