This program is one of only a handful in the country that provides intensive training in how to help children with hearing loss develop spoken language through the use of residual hearing, high-powered hearing aids and modern surgical procedures such as cochlear implants.
Certified teachers for children with hearing loss are in high demand. Every year positions across the nation go unfilled because of the lack of qualified professionals. In Texas alone, 20-30 teacher vacancies go unfilled annually. If you have an interest in children, language and communication, and a bachelor’s degree already, the Master of Deaf Education and Hearing Science could be the next step in your career. There are generous tuition scholarships available.
The UT Health San Antonio Master’s Degree in Deaf Education and Hearing Science is a graduate level course of study designed for students with a background in regular/special education or communication disorders. Students without an education background must complete pre-requisite work and observation/service hours to qualify as an applicant.
Applications can be submitted August through February 15 for the next cohort which begins in May. Applications for early admission can be submitted one year prior to graduation. To apply early, candidates must have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA; 3.0 for the regular application cycle.
The application consists of an online form, a statement of purpose, resume, and 3 professional letters of recommendation (preferable from individuals that have observed teaching). An interview is also required. Generous scholarships are available.
The two-year program consists of 36 semester credit hours of course work that includes observations, seminars, demonstrations, research opportunities, and practicum. Practicum assignments are scheduled at Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children (San Antonio), the Center for Hearing and Speech (Houston), and public schools in both areas. Coursework is primarily delivered at Sunshine Cottage and the Center for Hearing and Speech. Houston cohorts are admitted bi-annually. Two sign language courses are required as co-requisites and must be completed prior to graduation from the DEHS Program. Sign proficiency is not an objective for the co-requisites but will serve as an orientation to alternate communication modes. Students who successfully complete course requirements must pass a comprehensive examination covering the major components of the program.
The Master of Deaf Education and Hearing Science is nationally certified by the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED). Students are able to receive CED certification upon graduation. Students are also eligible for certification as a teacher of the hearing impaired in the state of Texas through examination.