Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching STEM in Deaf Education

Are you teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) content to students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing? Or are you considering studying Deaf Education at TWU and want to teach STEM? Enhance your degree with a Certificate in Teaching STEM in Deaf Education.

Program features

Instructors teach a group of children gathered around a large screen in TWU's Future Classroom Lab
  • Study math, computer science, and biology instructional methods and deaf education strategies to help learners who are deaf/hard of hearing become successful STEM users
  • Small classes with accessible, knowledgeable and supportive faculty
  • Combines with an MS in Education of the Deaf
  • Includes a practicum opportunity
  • 100% online course delivery (synchronous & asynchronous)
  • Meet employer expectations as a highly qualified K-12 STEM instructor with coursework and supervised practicum experiences in evidence-based practices providing STEM instruction to deaf/hard of hearing learners

Program requirements

In this certificate program you will complete 15 semester credit hours, with:

  • Nine semester credit hours (three classes) of academic coursework focused on math, computer science, and biology instructional methods
  • Three semester credit hours (one class) of academic coursework focus on instructional methods for culturally and linguistically diverse students who are deaf/hard of hearing
  • Three semester credit hours (one class) of a practicum experience teaching STEM content to deaf/hard of hearing students in diverse learning environments

You must successfully pass a practicum experience working with students who are deaf/hard of hearing at the end of the program and earn grades of A or B in all classes.

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

Admission to the Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching STEM in Deaf Education

Program Contact

Dr. Chad Smith
Coordinator, Education of the Deaf Program

Application Deadlines


Admission Requirements

  • Accepted to or currently enrolled in the TWU master’s of education of the deaf program or a certified teacher of the deaf currently teaching STEM content.
  • Sign language skills (intermediate or better).
  • This application process is only for current certified teachers of the deaf. 
  • 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.
  • Complete the Application for the STEM Certificate.

How to Apply

Begin by finding your program in TWU's Program, Majors & Degrees listings to see if your program has additional admission requirements and application deadlines prior to applying.  (This information is for all programs. The application deadline for your specific program will be listed in the Program Requirements.  Use that deadline as it applies below.  (Example: if a program only admits once a year and has a Fall deadline for 2023 of March 1, you would need to be looking to apply to the next deadline for Fall 2024.)

  1. Apply online.
    Apply to Graduate Programs according to the start semester and application portals below:
    • Spring 2024 - All programs apply via ApplyTexas EXCEPT applicants to the College of Business, Child Life, or Child Development master's programs or the Child Development and Early Education PhD program who should apply via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal.
      • Note: When applying through ApplyTexas, you will need to submit any required Documents directly to the program website.
    • Summer & Fall 2024 - All graduate programs apply via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal. Required documents will be asked for and uploaded into the application.

  2. Pay the application fee.
    The $50 fee, ($75 fee for International applicants), which applies to all new and returning applicants can be paid by:
    • Credit card - Online through the portal you applied on (either ApplyTexas or TWU's Online Graduate Application).
    • Certified check or money order by mail or electronically - payable to TWU, sent by mail to:
      TWU Admissions Processing, 301 Research Circle, Room 220; Denton, Texas 76204
      (include your full name and ID number).
    • Cash (no personal checks) - Pay at the Bursar's Office. After paying, bring the receipt to Admissions Processing (2nd floor of GRB).
    • Fee Waivers - Graduate applicants who are certified McNair Scholars are eligible for a McNair Scholar application Fee waiver. Submit the request using the Application Fee Waiver Submission Form.

  3. Submit transcripts to TWU.
    • Domestic Applicants must submit official transcripts for each college or university attended, both undergraduate and graduate. See the Information on Transcripts website for more details.
    • International Applicants are now required to provide an evaluation prepared by a NACES or AICE member evaluation service. International transcripts should not be sent directly to TWU.  See the International Admission website for more details.

For more information on graduate admissions or to contact an admissions official, visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Students who wish to apply for a Graduate Assistantship must meet the General Criteria for Appointment of Graduate Assistants.

For questions contact

Chad E. Smith, PhD
Coordinator, Education of the Deaf Program
Professor, COMS
MCL 833

Page last updated 10:23 AM, September 6, 2023