M.S. in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

We are certified by the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED), and our graduates are eligible for professional certification through the CED. Graduates may also apply for state license as a teacher of deaf children.

Master's students have the option of a non-teachers tract (with thesis) or a teaching tract with Texas certification. View our Frequently Asked Questions for more information on the M.S. in DSDE.

Our program welcomes 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. 


  1. Complete admissions application online through the Apply Texas system. (Visit LU's graduate admissions website for more 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. 36 hours are required for graduation. Additional courses may be required for certification as per candidate specialization.
  3. View degree course requirements in LU's online catalog. 
  4. Graduates are expected to be skilled in American Sign Language and must complete a minimum of 12 weeks of supervised student teaching in deaf education.