M.S. in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

M.S. in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education is a teacher training program that is certified by the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED). Our graduates are eligible for professional certification through CED. Graduates may also apply for state licensure as a teacher of deaf/Hard of hearing students in early childhood through 12th grade.

Master's students also have the option of a non-teacher’s track (with thesis). View our Frequently Asked Questions for more information on the M.S. in DSDE.

Our program welcomes hearing and deaf graduate students. Since our inception, we have supported and advocated for deaf teachers in the classroom. Visit LU's Disability Resource Center website for information on support services. 

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete admissions application online through the Apply Texas (Visit LU's graduate admissions website for additional information.)
  2. Submit official transcripts from each college or university attended, including the accredited institution from which the applicant has earned a bachelor's degree.
  3. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.
  4. Take the GRE. Applicants must meet the admission standard according to the formula (GPA X 50) + (GRE Verbal+Quanitative) is equal or greater than 428. The GRE is offered through the LU Career and Testing Center. All applicants must have the Educational Testing Service submit GRE scores directly to Lamar University. 
  5. Provide evidence of American Sign Language competency based on the ASL-PI
  6. Provide three letters of support.
  7. Complete an interview with DSDE faculty.

Program Requirements

  1. Maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the master's program. 
  2. A minimum of 36 hours are required for graduation. Additional courses may be required for certification as per candidate specialization.
  3. View degree course requirementsin LU's online catalog. 
  4. Graduate students are required to be fluent in American Sign Language and must complete a minimum of 12 weeks of supervised student teaching in deaf education within the state of Texas.