Deaf and Hard of Hearing MA Initial

Master of Arts in Deaf & Hard of Hearing

With initial certification as teacher of the d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing (pre-K-12)


The Master of Arts (M.A.) in the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is one of the first teacher education programs in the country. We provide an intensive study of the educational issues of individuals who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing from the perspectives of psychology, anthropology, linguistics, child development, pedagogy, and regular education with the aim of preparing teachers who will address the educational and literacy needs of these children. We serve and prepare individuals for work with children who possess a wide range of hearing losses in classes using diverse communication systems, as well as for work with children who have typical hearing.

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Admissions Information

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 40
  • Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall

Certification

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  • NY State Initial: Deaf/Hard of Hearing Pre-K-12

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): Rolling

* For details about rolling deadlines, visit our admission deadlines page.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • GRE General Test or MAT
  • Phone/Skype/In-person Interview

Requirements from the TC Catalog

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The Master of Arts (M.A.) with certification is a 40-credit program leading to New York State (NYS) initial certification as Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

The Master of Arts (M.A.) without certification is a 32 to 40-credit program leading to a Masters Degree in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. This program does not lead to New York State (NYS) ceritifcation as Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

The Master of Education (Ed.M.) is a 60-credit program leading to dual New York State (NYS) initial certification as Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing as well as certification in one of the following areas: Early Childhood Teacher, Elementary Education Teacher, Secondary Teacher in a particular subject area (English, Math, Science, or Social Studies) or Reading Specialist.

All programs noted above also lead to Council on the Education of the Deaf (CED) certification.

Specialization Requirements, Deaf and Hard of Hearing:

  • HBSE 4070 Psychosocial and cultural aspects of people who are Deaf or hard of hearing

  • HBSE 4071 Language and literacy for the Deaf and hard of hearing (two terms)

  • HBSE 4072 Development of language of individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing

  • HBSE 4073 Teaching Speech, Language and Communication Skills/ Audiological principles (two terms)

  • HBSE 4079 Language development and habilitation: The foundations/ Auditing Verbal Therapy

  • HBSE 4300 Practicum in assessment and evaluation of individuals with exceptionalities

  • HBSE 4707 Observation and student teaching in special education - Deaf and hard of hearing (two terms)

  • HBSE 4871 American Sign Language I

  • HBSE 4872 American Sign Language II

  • Area specialization courses in Deaf and Hard of hearing (15+ points)

Breadth Requirements:

In order to broaden the student’s background in education, three Teachers College courses outside the Teachers College major department must be completed (in this case, a course is defined as one for which at least two points are earned). These courses should be selected from the following areas:

  • Age-appropriate developmental psychology course

  • Educational foundations/or multicultural course

  • Health requirement

  • Technology requirement

New York State Education Department (NYSED) has teacher certification requirements that are needed for program completion and graduation which are listed in the Office of Teacher Education section of the catalog.

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