Doctoral Degree in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Degree Description

The Lamar University Doctor of Education in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education prepares you for leadership roles in schools for the Deaf and teacher-trainer positions in university settings. Other career opportunities include educational interpreter, policy maker for deaf education, curriculum developer, researcher or higher education faculty, among others. This program accepts both hearing and deaf applicants.

Why Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at Lamar?

The Doctor of Education in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at Lamar University offers a full-time track that takes two years, including summers and a dissertation, or a part-time track during summers only (depending on course offerings). Full-time or part-time, you'll have to complete a one-year residency.
We welcome deaf and hard of hearing graduate students, and many of our faculty are deaf. Our program has placed its graduates in colleges and universities in New Mexico, California, Maryland, Illinois, Texas and Saudi Arabia, to name a few places.

Career Paths

Internationally and domestically, there is a shortage of doctoral-trained educators of the Deaf. Lamar University's doctoral degree program in deaf studies and deaf education is taking steps to bridge that gap. Our students are taking leadership roles in schools for the Deaf and are becoming teacher trainers in university settings, among a variety of other career paths.



Primary Careers

Deaf Educator, Educational Interpreter, Policymaker, Curriculum Developer

Meet the Faculty

Dr. M. Diane Clark
Chair, Professor
Professor Zanthia SmithZanthia Smith
Associate Professor
Dr. S. Jordan Wright
Assistant Professor
Joseph MannJoseph Mann III
Instructor