Ed.D. in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Internationally and domestically, there is a shortage of doctoral-trained educators of the Deaf. Lamar University's doctoral degree program in deaf studies and deaf education is taking steps to bridge the gap. Our students are taking leadership roles in schools for the Deaf and are become teacher trainers in university settings. Other career opportunities include educational interpreter, policy maker for deaf education, curriculum developer, researcher, or a member of the faculty in higher education, among others. Both hearing and deaf applicants are accepted.

Our Deaf Studies and Deaf Education doctoral (Ed.D.) program is made up of 60 credit hours of course work plus the dissertation. We have a full-time tract: 2 years of full time including summers plus the dissertation and a part-time tract: summers (depending on course offerings). A one-year residency requirement is required for all candidates. We welcome deaf and hard of hearing graduate students and many of our faculty are themselves deaf. Our program has placed its graduates in colleges and universities in New Mexico, California, Maryland, Illinois, Texas and Saudi Arabia to name a few places.


Admission to the Doctoral Degree Program


Applicants for admission to the doctoral program in deaf studies and deaf education are ranked for admission based on the following criteria:

1. 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.

2. Provide evidence of American Sign Language competency based on the ASL-PI.

3. Provide three letters of support.

4. Complete an interview with DSDE faculty.

5. Must have a master’s degree in deaf education or related field.

6. An essay including the applicant’s philosophy of education and professional goals. The essay will be used to identify writing ability required for successful completion of the DSDE doctoral program.

7. Submit a detailed resume or curriculum vita explaining your work with the deaf community

For more information, please refer to the LU Graduate Admissions website.