Missouri State University
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Graduate Program

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Why pursue a master’s in the education of the deaf and hard of hearing?

  • Earn your graduate degree in deaf education and receive your teaching certification in about two years
  • Gain clinical experience working in state-of-the-art on-campus laboratories and clinics
  • Develop a diverse understanding of communication issues through a comprehensive curriculum philosophy
  • Follow your passion in helping children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Cultivate your research and communication skills by partnering with active faculty
  • Enhance your learning thanks to individualized attention and smaller class sizes

If you have a desire to help people that live with auditory issues and you would like to work as an educator, this is a great path for you. The program offers an in-depth curriculum to best prepare you for a career as a deaf educator. You will acquire both oral and manual communication skills to prepare you to serve the diverse group of learners who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The education of deaf and hard of hearing master’s program is a track option within the Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Automatic tuition waiver – up to 50 percent

Every student admitted to the EDHH master’s program is automatically eligible for a tuition waiver of up to 50 percent. This grant is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, subject to availability and renewed on a yearly basis. The funds are distributed evenly among all students in a cohort; therefore, the exact size of the waivers varies according to the number of students.

Start early on your road to success

In addition to the traditional Master of Science degree, the department also offers an accelerated program in education of the deaf and hard of hearing wherein outstanding undergraduate students can begin their graduate course work during the second semester of their junior year. Students interested in continuing their education may also prepare for entry into a PhD program.

Program approval

The program concentration in the education of the deaf and hard of hearing has been approved by the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED).