ms in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

ms in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education is a teacher training program that is certified by the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED). Our graduates are eligible for professional certification through CED. Graduates may also apply for state licensure as a teacher of deaf/Hard of hearing students in early childhood through 12th grade.

Master's students also have the option of a non-teacher’s track (with thesis). For further details about the program expectations, course schedule, and/or questions about certification or thesis, view the program handbook. The handbook applies to both ms cohort locations. To get quick answers, check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more information on the ms in DSDE. 

We are excited to announce we have two locations for future ms in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education cohorts! For students who reside in Austin, Lamar University has collaborated with Texas School for the Deaf to offer classes at the TSD campus. Students who choose Austin as their site will not be eligible for the OSEP grant. Only those who join the Lamar campus cohorts will be eligible for the OSEP grant. 

Both locations follow the same schedule and sequence of courses. 

Our program welcomes hearing and Deaf graduate students. Since our inception, we have supported and advocated for Deaf teachers in the classroom. Visit LU's Disability Resource Center website for information on support services. 

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete admissions application online through the Apply Texas (Visit LU's graduate admissions website for additional information.)
  2. Submit official transcripts from each college or university attended, including the accredited institution from which the applicant has earned a bachelor's degree.
  3. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.
  4. Take the GRE. Applicants must meet the admission standard according to the formula (GPA X 50) + (GRE Verbal+Quanitative) 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. 
  5. Provide evidence of American Sign Language competency based on the ASL-PI. 
  6. Provide three letters of support.
  7. Complete an interview with DSDE faculty.

Program Requirements

  1. Maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the master's program. 
  2. A minimum of 36 hours are required for graduation. Additional courses may be required for certification as per candidate specialization.
  3. View degree course requirementsin LU's online catalog. 
  4. Graduate students are required to be fluent in American Sign Language and must complete a minimum of 12 weeks of supervised student teaching in deaf education within the state of Texas.