Texas Tech University

Special Education - Deaf & Hard of Hearing (M.Ed.)

Program Overview

The Texas Tech Deaf Education program prepares students to take the state examination that will allow them to become certified to teach students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The certification program includes 27 hours of graduate course-work that is guided by the Council for Exceptional Children Initial and Advanced Deaf and Hard of Hearing Knowledge and Skills and the Texas State Board of Education Competency Standards for Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Degrees Offered

M.Ed. in Special Education - Deaf and Hard of Hearing Certification Preparation Program. Offered fully online.

Also offered: a stand-alone Deaf and Hard of Hearing certification (requires state exam)

Career Opportunities With This Degree

Students may teach students who are deaf or hard of hearing after passing the appropriate state certification exam.

Application Materials

All programs require that you submit an online application through the Graduate School.

College Transcripts – Send unofficial copies of all transcripts to the Texas Tech Graduate School at graduate.admissions@ttu.edu. The transcripts must be in PDF format and no larger than 2 MB. Multiple attachments per email will be accepted. Grade reports or unofficial transcripts from university web portals will not be accepted. Please redact the Social Security Number anywhere it appears on your transcript. If documents are written in a language other than English, a copy of a complete and official English translation must be provided with the original language records.

* Official transcripts will be required during your first semester if you are admitted to your desired program.

* International applicants will need to submit additional materials. Please review the Graduate School website for more information.

Required Supplemental Application Materials

Resume, Applicant Statement, 2 Professional Recommendations. Download a comprehensive list of requirements.

Application Process

Please visit the Graduate Application Process for more information on how to apply.

Semester in which the program can be started

Spring, Fall, or Summer I or II

Estimated Hours to Completion

36 credit hours for master's; 27 hours for certification only

Allowable Transfer Hours

6 credit hours maximum for master's. All transfer hours are at advisor's discretion.

Financial Aid

TTU Graduate School and COE scholarships, research assistantships, student loans (loans not available for cert only students)

Tuition & Fees

Visit the Student Business Services website to estimate your costs.


Dr. L.J. Gould