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• Bilingual teaching experience; all classes are taught in ASL

• Offers Elementary/Secondary certification for teachers of deaf students as well as, ASL Specialist and Literacy Specialist programs

• Convenient schedules include full-time, part-time or summer options only

M.S. in Deaf Education

Overview

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
 

Why McDaniel

• Get the support you need through our ASL lab, English Lab, Academic Skills Center and interpreting services

• Receive a bilingual experience in a sizable and diverse community that remains small enough to allow close learning relationships

• Expands your career and learning opportunities through internships in premier bilingual programs across the United States and Canada

• Balances full-time faculty with adjunct instructors who draw course content from best practices in the field

• Offers convenient schedules to fit your busy schedule: full-time, part-time, or summers-only options

• Become certified to teach in Maryland, which extends to many other states through reciprocity

• Highly competitive tuition

Admissions Requirements

Initial Admission

• Completed application for graduate study

• Submit the non-refundable application fee

• Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5

• Passage of the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI)

• Passage of the English Proficiency Exam (EPE)

Full Acceptance

• Complete 12 graduate credits of Deaf Ed CORE courses with a grade of 'B' or better (83%)

•  Complete a program plan with an academic advisor

•  Pass a satisfactory review of the Suitability for the Field of Deaf Education

Degree Requirements

• Minimum 3.00 G.P.A., limit one course grade of “C”

•  Satisfy the ASLPI with the required minimum exit score for your program

•  Satisfy the English Proficiency Essay with required minimum exit score

•  Successful completion of a comprehensive exam or thesis

Courses

Full Acceptance into Deaf Education
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ASL Specialist
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Literacy Specialist
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Graduation and/or Certification
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Faculty

Dr. Mark Rust, Program Coordinator, Deaf Education
mrust@mcdaniel.edu
410-857-2503 v/vp

 

 

Dr. Janet Conley, Associate Program Coordinator, Deaf Education
jconley@mcdaniel.edu
410-857-2519 v/tty

 

 

Dr. Eddy Laird, Associate Professor
elaird@mcdaniel.edu
410-857-2506

 

 

Career Opportunities for Graduates

The Deaf Ed. Program prepares graduates for the following career paths:

• Certified teacher of Elementary and Middle school deaf students (K-8)

• Certified teacher of Secondary school deaf students (6-12)

• Literacy Specialist (grades K-12)

Important Dates

Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester – August 1
Spring Semester – December 15
Summer Sessions – May 1

FAQs

1. What certification options are available upon completion of the M.S. in Deaf Education at McDaniel College?
When you successfully complete the M.S. degree, you will be qualified to work in deaf schools and mainstream programs at elementary or secondary levels:

Maryland Deaf Education teaching certification (grades K–12)
Council on Education of the Deaf (CED) Elementary or Secondary levels

2. How and when do I register for classes?
After completing the application process, new students registering for Summer or Fall should register for the following CORE courses:

    DED:511 Foundations of Deaf Education
    DED:518 Assessment and Instruction
    DED:541 First and Second Language Development
    DED:517 Reading for Deaf Children

Because no CORE courses are offered in the Spring, students applying for Spring classes are encouraged to look at prerequisite classes or make an appointment with an advisor to determine what class schedule would best suit them. Deaf Education classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.

3. Do you need to know Sign Language to participate in the program?
Yes. All classes are taught in ASL, and students must score at a certain level on the ASL Proficiency Interview before entering the McDaniel College graduate program.

4. What kind of support is offered for hearing and deaf individuals in the program?
Students are well supported through the American Sign Language Lab, the English Lab, and the Academic Skills Center, as well as through interpreting services.

5. I heard we had to pass a writing test. Is that true?
Yes, beginning in the fall of 2002, all entering students must demonstrate competency in written English by taking the English Proficiency Essay or, meet Maryland score requirements on the GRE, SAT, ACT or Praxis I.

6. What is the Summers-only program of study?
A large number of students who work full-time during the year choose the Summers-only program of study. All courses in the Deaf Education program are offered in these sessions of 6–8 weeks, which run from late June to early August.

 
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April 18, 2014, 7:30 pm
Junior Visit Day
April 21, 2014, 9:30 am
Student Solo Recital
April 21, 2014, 7:00 pm
The Ridington Lecture
April 22, 2014, 7:30 pm
Musician Brandon Stiles
April 22, 2014, 8:00 pm
Larry Hogan: What I’ve Learned
April 23, 2014, 4:30 pm
Quazy in the Quad
April 23, 2014, 5:00 pm
Graduate Open House
April 24, 2014, 5:30 pm
Student Chamber Music Ensembles
April 24, 2014, 7:00 pm
McDaniel Dance Company Recital
April 25, 2014, 7:00 pm
Animal House - Decker Auditorium
April 25, 2014, 9:00 pm
Spring Undergraduate Awards Ceremony
April 27, 2014, 12:00 am
Junior Open House
April 27, 2014, 1:00 pm
Children's Chorus of Carroll County
April 27, 2014, 2:00 pm