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Deaf Education, M.S.

Since its inception in 1967 as a joint effort between McDaniel College and the Maryland School for the Deaf, McDaniel's M.S. in Deaf Education has built on its mission to prepare outstanding (and award-winning) teachers.

Degree Types
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Program Cost
$552 per credit
Total credits

Why McDaniel for Deaf Education?

Customized Schedule

Through a unique blend of immersive content courses on campus during the summer term highlighted by online courses during the academic year, you will graduate expertly trained and prepared.

Excellent Outcomes & Accreditation

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Class of 2024 Deaf Education graduates.

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 approved by the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

McDaniel College is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. McDaniel is working toward Initial Accreditation Status for its educator preparation programs with an anticipated accreditation review in Spring 2024.

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A Bilingual Experience

Through our program, you'll have a bilingual experience with the use of ASL in all courses. Your training will culminate in a bilingual internship that will hone your skills and prepare you for professional growth. 

What You Need to Know About the M.S. in Deaf Education

Admissions Requirements

  • Application for graduate study 
  • 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

Degree Requirements

A Model Program

Since 1967, the M.S. in Deaf Education at McDaniel College has prepared graduates to excel as leading educators of deaf students around the world. Stephen Farias, an English teacher at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf, shares his experience as a student in the graduate program at McDaniel.

Headshot of Yael Zelinger in front of a brick wall.

Yael Zelinger M.S. '99

For decades, Yael Zelinger M.S. ’99 has worked to make the larger Jewish community accessible and inclusive for Deaf individuals. Zelinger jump-started her professional career by earning a master’s degree in Deaf Education here on the Hill, which led to her joining the staff of Jewish Advocates for Deaf Education in Baltimore.

McDaniel College M.S. alumna Clara Jean "Jeanie" Mosley Hall '76

Spotlight Clara Jean "Jeanie" Mosley Hall M.S. ’76

Think back to when you were a child just learning to speak, read or write. Learning the nuances of one language was hard enough but imagine that you had to learn two — and serve as an interpreter for the adults in your life. That’s the situation Clara Jean “Jeanie” Mosley Hall M.S. ’76 was born into as a Child of Deaf Adults (CODA).