Education of Deaf / Hard of Hearing Students: Requirements to Enter the Program
Admission into the UA Graduate College as well as the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies is required for both the MA and certification option.
The following individuals can be admitted to a master’s degree program. These individuals will take the certification courses on- line, but may need to take some courses on campus depending on their backgrounds.
a) Students with a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in education or related fields with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher;
b) Experience with children, including children with special needs and children who are D/HH;
c) Intermediate sign language skills (i.e. four courses in sign language or the equivalent skill level); and
d) General education courses required to meet Arizona’s standards for pedagogical knowledge for all teachers.
Individuals who meet the requirements to enter the program, but who already have a master’s degree in education or a related field, can be admitted to the certificate program. We will admit the following individuals to the certificate program:
a) Special Education teachers with State or national certification and a master’s degree in education or a related field.
b) Elementary or Secondary general education teachers with State or national certification and a master’s degree in education or a related field.
c) Teachers currently working with D/HH children who have emergency certification may enter the certificate program if they meet the above requirements.
d) Early Childhood teachers who have a master’s degree.
Any teacher who does not hold special education certification will need to complete a course that addresses special education law and regulations. Seven courses, their related practica and a full-time internship typically are required to obtain certification.
We encourage those students who can, to pursue the master’s degree program. We feel the more comprehensive program provides graduates with better preparation and increased opportunities for career advancement.
Applicants should have completed four semesters of sign language coursework (American Sign Language is preferred) prior to entering the program OR plan to complete this requirement as a deficiency before completing the certification or MA program. Students who develop ASL competence through means other than college courses may elect to demonstrate competency by passing the final examination of the fourth semester ASL class offered at the University of Arizona. Individual arrangements can be made to complete this examination.
In addition to ASL, a survey course in special education should be completed prior to admission OR again completed as a deficiency before completing the program. Deficiency courses may be at the undergraduate or graduate level.
Graduate students must be admitted to the Graduate College to pursue either the certification or MA program. Minimum basic admission requirements for the Graduate College include the award of a bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, from a college or university that grants degrees recognized by The University of Arizona. Beyond the award of a bachelors degree, there is a minimum grade point average (GPA) expectation of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for previous university work completed. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to the MA or certification program.
Applicants for Certification only complete the Graduate College Application for Non-Degree students and those applying for the Master’s program complete the application for Degree Seeking students.
A departmental application must be completed in addition to the Graduate College application.
Materials for applying to the Graduate College and the department are available on-line. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) program has an assigned start term of Summer I for all incoming students (unless informed otherwise by DHH program faculty). Please make sure that you indicate a Summer I start term in the Graduate College application.