Texas Tech University

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

Program Description

The Texas Tech Deaf Education program prepares currently-certified teachers 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 coursework. The Master's Program requires 36 hours of graduate coursework.

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The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program is guided by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Initial and Advanced Deaf and Hard of Hearing Knowledge and Skills and the Texas State Board for Educator Certification Standards for Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Programs Offered

M.Ed. in Special Education with a specialization in Deaf and Hard of Hearing. A Deaf and Hard of Hearing certification preparation program is also available (prepares students for state exam to become a teacher of students who are deaf/hard of hearing). Both programs offered online.

Career Opportunities With This Degree

After becoming certified to teach students who are deaf, graduates of this program may work in a public-school setting as a teacher in a deaf education classroom, as an itinerant teacher of the deaf, or as a teacher at a residential school for students who have a hearing impairment.

Application Materials

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

  • Due to ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate School has temporarily changed its admission requirements regarding test scores. The GRE may optionally be submitted by applicants for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 academic years, through the Summer 2024 application cycle. International applicants may use certain alternate exams in place of the TOEFL. Please visit the Graduate Admissions COVID-19 FAQ page for more information.

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

Estimated Hours to Completion

36 credit hours for Master's; 27 hours for deaf/hard of hearing certification only

Allowable Transfer Hours

6 credit hours maximum for Master's, 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

Use the Student Business Services Tuition Estimator to estimate your costs.


Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program Coordinator:

L.J. Gould, Ed.D.Admissions CoordinatorOffice of Graduate Admissions & Enrollmentspecialeducationinquiries.educ@ttu.edu806-834-4224

Fast Facts

  • Delivery: Online
  • Master's Hours to Completion: 36
  • Certification-Only Hours to Completion: 27
  • Now accepting applications for: Spring, Fall, Summer I
  • Master's Maximum Transfer Hours: 6