Gerald Bateman, Program Director
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Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.
Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.
The MS degree in secondary education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing prepares students to meet the national need for teachers of secondary students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The program prepares teachers as effective and ethical practitioners and also as scholars and leaders in the profession.
Faculty members are international leaders in research and are highly skilled in the education of deaf people. A carefully designed system of faculty advisement is a prominent feature of the program. On-campus facilities, state-of-the-art technology, and a well-established system of educational access services combine to make this a vital program for both deaf and hearing students who desire careers as professional educators of deaf students.
Course work requires a minimum of four semesters. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 must be maintained. Before graduation, students are expected to have at least intermediate-level signing skills as determined by a Sign Language Proficiency Interview.
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|MSSE-700||History of Deaf Educational Thought and Practice||3|
|MSSE-701||Psychology and Human Development||3|
|MSSE-703||Special Education in the Social Context||3|
|MSSE-704||Teaching Deaf Learners with Special Educational Needs||3|
|MSSE-710||General Instructional Methods||3|
|MSSE-715||Issues in Mainstream Education||3|
|MSSE-725||Structures of ASL and English||3|
|MSSE-726||Language Acquisition and Learning||3|
|MSSE-727||ASL in Instructional Delivery||3|
|MSSE-785||Foundations of Educational Research||3|
|MSSE-702||Educational and Cultural Diversity||3|
|MSSE-713||Assessment Principles and Practices||3|
|MSSE-714||Curriculum Content and Methods of Instruction||3|
|MSSE-722||Educational Audiology and Spoken Language Development||3|
|MSSE-728||Literacy and the Deaf Adolescent||3|
|MSSE-760||Student Teaching I*||6|
|MSSE-761||Student Teaching II*||6|
|MSSE-794||Inquiry in Teaching (elective)||(3)|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||62|
* Students are required to complete a minimum of 250 hours of supervised student teaching, working with deaf and hard-of-hearing students at the secondary (7–12) grade level. In addition, 100 hours of field experience must be completed before the first student teaching placement.
To be considered for admission to the MS program in secondary education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
Additionally, 30 semester credit hours in a content area are required by the New York State Education Department for initial certification to teach a secondary (grades 7–12) content area. Students who do not have the required number of hours must complete the additional credits before applying for New York State certification. Secondary academic subjects include American Sign Language, English, mathematics, social studies, or science. Please note: The social studies content area includes economics and government, and at least 21 semester hours in the history and geography of the United States and the world.
NTID graduate tuition rates are less than one-half of RIT’s tuition. Approximately 70 percent of students enrolled in the MS program in secondary education receive some type of financial assistance each year. Students complete only the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial aid. In addition, federal loan programs may be available.
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