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Special Education: Deaf & Hard of Hearing (M.Ed.)

  • Program Overview

    M.Ed. in Special Education: Deaf & Hard of Hearing (48 Credits)

    Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) are in high demand worldwide. Many programs do not focus on the combined needs of being deaf or hard of hearing and having a disability. 

    This unique program prepares educators to understand, apply relevant research from multiple fields, and ultimately teach students who are deaf and/or hard of hearing in today’s schools.

    Preparation is done through extensive coursework in Deaf history and culture, applied ASL in classroom settings, assistive and augmentative technologies, inclusive education philosophy and practice, and the positive impact of Deaf culture on hearing societies. Those seeking an initial license in Special Education Deaf and Hard of Hearing (PreK-12), who meet the licensure program requirements, follow the Initial Licensure program of study.

    Prerequisite for Initial Licensure: Passing score on the Communication and Literacy MTEL. To meet the licensure program requirements, students must successfully complete all of the required MTELs, coursework and fieldwork. Students are required to pass all required MTELs prior to enrolling in the practicum.

    Program Features Include:

    • 48-credit program
    • Personalized advisement
    • Learn to design high quality instruction, including authentic and meaningful student assessments
    • Analyze student performance and growth data and to use this data to improve instruction and practice
    • Teach all students through instructional practices that establish high expectations, a safe and effective classroom environment, and cultural proficiency.

    An Endicott College student teacher with her student
  • Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    All candidates must apply online at: 

    Applicants should submit the following to Graduate Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915

    • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
    • Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference);
    • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work;
    • Essay (750-1000 words) on the following: Please describe your educational philosophy and how you apply this philosophy in your teaching practice. Should you not be a classroom teacher currently, in what ways will your philosophy influence your practices? 
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better;
    • All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of six Endicott credits.

    Additional Application Requirements M.Ed. Leading to Initial License

    • A copy of passing scores on the Communication and Literacy Test (MTEL)

    International Applicants for Graduate Admission
    Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.

    International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the program, students will:

    • Demonstrate how to apply knowledge of child and adolescent development and the specific needs of DHH students.
    • Design high quality instruction, including authentic and meaningful student assessments.
    • Analyze student performance and growth data with a focus on individualized goals and use data to improve instruction.
    • Choose appropriate instructional practices that establish high expectations and a safe and effective classroom environment.
    • Promote student learning and growth through outreach and collaboration with families, caregivers, community members, and organizations.
    • Establish and refine an ethical, culturally proficient (inclusive of Deaf culture), skilled, and collaborative practice.

    Required Curriculum

    • DHH 500 - Communication & Language for DHH Students (Cr: 3)
    • DHH 505 - Deaf History & Culture (Cr: 3)
    • DHH 510 - Curriculum Development for DHH Students (Cr: 3)
    • DHH 515 - Speech, Hearing Science, & Technology for DHH Students (Cr: 3)
    • DHH 520 - Child Development - Hearing and Deaf Children (Cr: 3)
    • DHH 525 - Early Language Acquisition & Intervention (Cr: 3)
    • DHH 530 - Literacy Instruction and Assessment for DHH Students (Cr: 3)
    • DHH 540 - Content-Area Instruction and Assessment for DHH Students (Cr: 3)
    • DHH 550 - Curriculum and Assessment in Practice (Cr: 3)
    • DHH 560 - Practicum in Teaching Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (Cr: 3)
    • DHH 565 - Reflective Seminar (Cr: 3)
    • DHH 570 - ASL Practicum I (Cr: 3)
    • DHH 571 - ASL Practicum II (Cr: 3)
    • DHH 575 - Deaf and Hard of Hearing Learners with Additional Disabilities (Deaf Plus) (Cr: 3)
    • EDN 530 - Sheltered English Immersion (Cr: 3)
    • EDN 575 - Data Literacy (Cr: 3)
    • SPE 505 - Inclusive Education (Cr: 3)
    • SPE 575 - Family Engagement in Special Education (Cr: 3)

    Total Degree Requirements - 48 credits

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