Deaf Education Colleges and Schools: How To Choose

People with a desire to work with deaf children can pursue studies in deaf education. Graduates work in educational settings with students of all ages. Degrees in deaf education are offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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A select number of 4-year colleges throughout the country offer degrees in deaf education. Some programs are open to anyone interested in pursuing a degree in deaf education, while others require knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) and completion of some deaf education classes.

Deaf Education Schools

These schools offer degrees related to deaf education in a variety of settings, including private and public universities.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition 2015-2016*
Boston University Boston, MA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Graduate Certificate $48,436 (undergraduate), $48,082 (graduate)
College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada 4-year, Public Associate's $2,805 in-state, $9,450 out-of-state (undergraduate)
Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY 4-year, Public Bachelor's $8,150 in-state, $17,640 out-of-state (undergraduate)
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, Public Associate's $2,834 in-state, $9,661 out-of-state (undergraduate)
Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's $40,720 (undergraduate)
University of Tulsa Tulsa, OK 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's $39,521 (undergraduate)
Western Oregon University Monmouth, Oregon 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $9,369 in-state, $22,728 out-of-state (undergraduate), $14,295 in-state, $22,935 (graduate)

Sources: School websites and *National Center for Educational Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Students interested in deaf education may want to take the following into consideration when choosing a school:

  • Bachelor's degree programs are appropriate for individuals interested in entering this field, whereas master's degrees are geared towards those with an undergraduate in elementary education, speech pathology, or a related area. Schools with more advanced programs may have multimedia labs and other deaf education technology.
  • Students should research internship opportunities offered by deaf education programs.
  • Combined programs are available at some schools; these programs place students seeking a master's degree on a 'fast track' by offering dual degrees.
  • Some programs train students to operate in specific environments, such as hospitals and schools for the deaf.

Bachelor's Degree in Deaf Education

Bachelor's degree candidates in deaf education gain the knowledge necessary to teach deaf and hard of hearing children at all grade levels. They usually must complete student teaching requirements, as well as internships and research projects.

Master's Degree in Deaf Education

A master's degree program in deaf education is aimed at preparing students to work at a higher level with the deaf and hard of hearing. Extensive time outside of the classroom, research projects and collaboration with professionals are part of most programs.

There are a variety of schools that offer degrees in deaf education and at different levels, including associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees. Students may wish to consider internship and training opportunities when selecting a school.

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