Master of Education in Deaf Education (M.Ed.)
The Deaf Education program has an outstanding history of identifying, educating, and placing highly qualified individuals in educational programs for deaf and hard of hearing children and youth in Idaho and neighboring states. These educators have been instrumental in helping intermountain states expand the delivery of quality educational services to this school-age population in all education settings. The Master of Education in Deaf Education is designed to strengthen the student's understanding, knowledge and skills in four areas — Core Professional Studies, Specialty Studies, Integrated Field Research Studies, and Electives — as they relate to the education of children and youth who are Deaf and hard of hearing. This program is in alignment with the College of Education's other graduate programs in that it includes research components (i.e. Core Professional Studies and Integrated Field Research Studies), a teacher certification component (i.e., Specialty Studies), and a supporting area (i.e. Electives) that augments a student's undergraduate training.
The student must apply to, and meet all criteria for, admission to the Graduate School. In addition, applicants for the Master of Education in Deaf Education degree must meet all college requirements for admission and retention.
Admission requirements for individuals applying to the Master of Education in Deaf Education:
- Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or its equivalent from a school in another country.
- Submit three letters of recommendation.
In that the mission of the Deaf Education program is to prepare individuals to become certified teachers of the deaf, preference is given to individuals who have an undergraduate elementary, secondary or special education major and who have American Sign Language skills. However, individuals without this background should consider applying after consulting their respective state department of education for details regarding teacher of the deaf certification/licensure.
Students completing a Master of Education in Deaf Education must complete a minimum of 33 semester credit hours. Students seeking Idaho certification in the area of their training must meet the State Board of Education requirements for certification/licensure. Students seeking certification in their area of training from another state must meet the requirements of that state.
Elective credits to total a minimum of 33 credits hours for the Master's must be taken from relevant graduate-level courses. Elective credits must be approved in advance by the student's major advisor. In certain situations a student's program of study might exceed 33 credits. The three most common situations are:
- Applicants will be evaluated as to their teaching experience with deaf/hard of hearing children: (a) those with three or more years of such teaching experience will be able to waive CSED 6609 (3 credits) but will need to take added electives; (b) those who do not meet the three years teaching experience will need to take CSED 6609 (3 credits).
- Applicants who do not meet American Sign Language proficiency will need to complete appropriate coursework; verification can be established through various sign language quality assurance examinations (e.g., RID, NAD, or EIPA[3.5 or above] certification), or transcript verification.
- Applicants who do not have appropriate coursework in communiction sciences/disorders and audiology will be advised to take appropriate courses in order to meet teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing standards as identified in state certification/licensing documents. A thorough examination of each applicant's transcript will be completed and what coursework is needed to complete the Master of Education in Deaf Education, as well as state certification/licensure requirements to become a teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing.