Ed.D. in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

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 the gap.  Our students are taking leadership roles in schools for the Deaf and are become teacher trainers in university settings.  Other career opportunities include educational interpreter, policy maker for Deaf Education, curriculum developer, researcher, or a member of the faculty in higher education, among others.  Both Deaf and hearing applicants are accepted.

Our Deaf Studies and Deaf Education doctoral (Ed.D.) program is made up of 60 credit hours of course work plus the dissertation.  We have a full-time tract that includes four full semesters, one summer, and dissertation.  A part-time tract is available depending on course offerings.  We welcome Deaf and hearing graduate students. Many of our faculty are themselves 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.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Doctoral program in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education are ranked for admission based on the following criteria:

1. Take the GRE.  Applicants must meet the admission standard according to the formula (GPA X 50) + (GRE Verbal+Quantitative) is equal or greater than 428.  The GRE is offered through the LU Career and Testing Center.  All applicants must have the Educational Testing Service submit GRE scores directly to Lamar University.

2. Provide evidence of American Sign Language (ASL) competency based on the ASL-PI.

3. Provide three letters of support.

4. Complete an interview with the Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education faculty.

5. Must have a Master’s degree in Deaf Education or related field.

6. An essay including the applicant’s philosophy of education and professional goals.  The essay will be used to identify writing ability required for successful completion of the Deaf Studies and Deaf Education Doctoral program.

7. Submit a detailed resume or curriculum vita explaining your work with the Deaf community.

For more information, please refer to the LU Graduate Admissions website.


Program Requirements

  1. Maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the Doctoral program. 
  2. A minimum of 60 credit hours are required for graduation.
  3. View degree course requirements in Lamar University's online catalog. 
  4. Graduate students are required to be fluent in American Sign Language.