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Education of the Deaf (DED) MS


Contact: Dr. Mark M. Rust

Come connect with an energetic community of individuals pursuing teaching credentials for Deaf Education at elementary or secondary levels.

Earn a degree that means something - McDaniel is highly regarded nationally for its Deaf Education program. Since its inception in 1967 as a joint effort between McDaniel College and the Maryland School for the Deaf, McDaniel College’s Master of Science program in Deaf Education has built on its mission to prepare outstanding teachers of deaf students.

Key Features of the Deaf Education program include:

  • Philosophically, the program views Deaf students from a cultural perspective. For graduates, that translates into a genuine acceptance of and respect for the language and culture of Deaf people, as well as a driving commitment to provide students with experiences that encourage literacy development and academic achievement.
  • Requires and reinforces ASL fluency: All classes are taught in ASL
  • Offers two tracks to meet your specific educational and career goals:  Elementary Teaching and Secondary Teaching

Vision and Mission Statements

Deaf Education Vision

For teachers of Deaf and hard-of-hearing students to embrace an in-depth understanding of a bilingual philosophy; to promote literacy and access to world knowledge; to incorporate cultural and historical perspectives that value diversity; to explore current research trends in the field; and to create opportunities for the success of all children.

Deaf Education Pedagogical Mission

To prepare knowledgeable and competent teachers who challenge and empower students by creating meaningful and rewarding learning experiences; who have a lifelong enthusiasm for learning; who are reflective practitioners open to new ideas and challenges, and who search for ways to improve instruction for Deaf students.

Deaf Education Linguistic Mission

To prepare teachers who strive for excellence in both ASL and English; who provide their students with support for improvement in both languages; who develop an appreciation and respect for bilingual fluency; who create a linguistically rich learning environment; and who share the beauty of both languages.

Deaf Education Cultural Mission

To prepare teachers who value the importance of Deaf culture and integrate it into their teaching; who appreciate the unique contributions of Deaf and hearing teachers serving as role models for all students; and who develop sensitivity and respect for the individual differences among children and adults.

Graduates are prepared to teach Deaf students at either the elementary or secondary level and are employed throughout the United States, Canada, and other countries. The Deaf Education program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and is approved by the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

Currently, there are graduate candidates in the Deaf Education program from across the United States, Canada, and other foreign countries, the majority of whom are Deaf and fluent users of American Sign Language. Courses are taught by full-time faculty as well as adjunct instructors and researchers in the field who are able to incorporate their professional experience and current practices into their course content. Classes are taught in ASL by Deaf and hearing faculty. Candidates intern in bilingual programs across the United States and Canada.

The Deaf Education program accepts full-time and part-time candidates who enroll in classes during the academic year. In addition, a large number of candidates who work full time throughout the academic year choose the ‘summers only’ option. All courses are offered during the 6-8 week summer sessions that run from late June to early August.

Program Options

ELEMENTARY: Prepares classroom teachers for elementary and middle school Deaf students. Candidates are eligible for the M.S. degree in Deaf Education and Maryland State Certification in Special Education Generic/Hearing Impaired PreK-12.

SECONDARY: Prepares classroom teachers for middle and high school Deaf students. Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in English, Science, History, Mathematics, P.E., or Art and are eligible for the M.S. degree in Deaf Education and Maryland State Certification in Special Education Generic/Hearing Impaired PreK-12.

Admissions Requirements

Candidates required to submit:

  • application for graduate study with non-refundable fee
  • official undergraduate transcript conferring bachelor’s degree from accredited institution with 2.5 GPA
  • American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) minimum entrance score of 2+
  • English Proficiency Essay (EPE) minimum entrance score of 3



Maryland State Department of Education requires the following courses on your transcript in order to be certified in the State of Maryland:

  • Child/Adolescent Development
  • Introduction to Special Education
  • One Special Education Methods course
  • Elementary Methods courses
  • One Secondary Methods course
  • ASL Linguistics
  • Deaf Culture


All candidates must earn a  grade of B or better in all CORE courses, have a satisfactory review of the suitability criteria, and complete a criminal history disclosure.

Total Credit Hours: 34 credits (comp) 37 credits (thesis)

Certification Capstone

All candidates seeking State Certification must complete the following courses: