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
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
• 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)
• 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
Demonstrate entry level ASL and English proficiency by means of the ASL Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) and the English Proficiency Essay (EPE), Child/Adolescent Development, Special Education courses, Elementary/Secondary methods, ASL Linguistics, Deaf Culture.
Full Acceptance into Deaf Education
Program plan approved by advisor, B or better in all CORE courses, satisfactory review of the suitability criteria, criminal history disclosure.
Foundations of Deaf Education
This course explores the relationship of the goals and processes of Deaf education to those of bilingual education in an historical context. Current demographic, legal, educational, political, medical, and social trends which affect deaf students’ instructional delivery and placement are reviewed. Federal, state and local legislation affecting Deaf and hard-of-hearing students will be analyzed and critiqued. Criteria for the establishment of quality educational services for Deaf students will be presented.
Reading for Deaf Students
This course focuses on the process of learning to read, with emphasis as to how this process applies to Deaf students. Assessment techniques and the materials used in teaching reading are surveyed. Relevant research is stressed.
Assessment and Instruction of Deaf Students with Special Needs
This course focuses on the study of formal and informal assessment techniques and strategies and their use in developing prescriptive education programs (including the development of behavioral objectives for IEP’s and lesson planning). These competencies are developed through practical application with Deaf students with varying abilities and disabilities including classroom management techniques and adaptations.
First and Second Language Learning
This course focuses on the theories of first and second language acquisition of both English and American Sign Language (ASL). The cognitive and language development of both hearing and Deaf students is discussed.
Writing and Information Literacy
This course would help the student to recognize, understand, locate, evaluate, and effectively use information resources (e.g., journals, web sites, etc.) that are the building blocks for research papers, theses, and research projects. In addition to learning the rules of professional writing (e.g., APA or MLA style), students will critically evaluate relevant professional sources in the field. Students will not only know how to access information, but also critically reflect on the nature of the information itself.
ESL Instruction in Content Areas
This course provides a theoretical overview and an instructional framework to support the content literacy development of deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Course content emphasizes strategies to reinforce content area reading and writing competence, with a focus on ESL (English as a Second Language) applications.
Issues and Trends in Audiology and Spoken English Development
This course provides an overview of the anatomical and physiological principles of audiology and speech development (i.e., spoken English) as the foundation for examining current trends and issues in the education of Deaf students. Emphasis is on establishing supportive collaboration between teachers and the professionals providing these related services as well as support for Deaf students and their parents.
Literacy Instruction for Deaf Students
This course incorporates principles and methods of developing literacy in two languages, ASL and English. Program development is discussed, with an emphasis on instruction and materials.
Bilingual Approaches to Teaching Deaf Students
This course provides a framework for implementing a bilingual approach to teaching deaf students, building the theoretical foundations and instructional strategies. Emphasis is on pedagogical approaches for using American Sign Language as the language of instruction with support from print English, enhancing the visual dimension of instruction, sequencing of instructional delivery, and effectively incorporating questioning and cueing techniques.
Seminar in Deaf Education
This course examines current trends and issues in the education of Deaf students. Issues of critical pedagogy and recent research will be emphasized.
This practicum involves field experience working with Deaf students of various ages and abilities in diverse educational settings. The practicum assignment is meant to complement and extend the knowledge and skills gained through course work in Deaf Education and are supervised by a Deaf Education faculty member.
Graduation and/or Certification
Introduction to Research Methodology
This course is directed toward an understanding of how research is conducted. Includes the study of quantitative and qualitative strategies and their appropriate use. Reviews appropriate statistical tools and their use in data collection and interpretation.
And one of the following:
Comprehensive Exam in Deaf Education
Thesis in Deaf Education
The presentation of a research proposal and subsequent thesis acceptable to a committee of graduate faculty select by the graduate program coordinator, faculty sponsor and student.
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)
Applications are accepted and processed throughout the year but the College recommends that students submit their applications and supporting materials well in advance of the start of the semester in which they plan to enroll.
Recommended Application Filing Dates:
Fall Semester – by or before July 15
Summer Session - by or before April 1
These filing dates are after the opening of registration for those semesters so students wishing to have the greatest choice of courses should submit their applications earlier.
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
RSM:509 Writing and Information Literacy
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.