Master's Degree in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Degree: Master of Arts, Master of Science
Major: Deaf Studies, Deaf Education 
Hours: 36

Master of Science - Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Degree Description

The Lamar University Master of Arts in Deaf Studies and Master of Science in Deaf Education are perfect if you are an educator who wants to teach deaf and hard of hearing children. The coursework allows you to develop and incorporate foundational knowledge and theories of educational thought, including various epistemological frameworks, into your teaching practice.

You will gain the ability to analyze various linguistic, social and cultural perspectives while learning how they contribute to the cognitive and academic development of students. As a leader in your field, this program will prepare you to collaborate effectively in various educational settings with other deaf and hard of hearing educational service professionals.

Why Study Deaf Education or Deaf Studies at Lamar?

The Master of Arts in Deaf Studies and Master of Science in Deaf Education at Lamar University are certified by the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED), and our graduates are eligible for professional certification through the CED. 
As a graduate, you may also apply for state license as a teacher of deaf children. Master's students have the option of a non-teachers track (with thesis) or a teaching track with Texas certification. Our program welcomes deaf graduate students. Since our inception, we have supported and advocated for deaf teachers in the classroom.

Career Paths

The deaf and hard of hearing master’s program is designed to serve the 40 to 50% of deaf and hard of hearing children who are also diagnosed with an additional disability. This program prepares you for Texas teacher certification and to acquire the competencies specifically needed to support learning and development in children with hearing loss. 

Primary Careers

Educator of the deaf, curriculum developer, educational interpreter

Career Areas

  • Education
  • Policy
  • Research
  • Curriculum
  • Leadership
  • Training

Median Salary


Types of Employers

  • School and universities
  • Curriculum publishers
  • Government agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Research institutions and companies
Dr. M. Diane Clark
Chair, Professor
Professor Zanthia SmithZanthia Smith
Associate Professor
Joseph MannJoseph Mann III