Master of Science in Deaf Education

The Master of Science in Deaf Education (MSDE) program is a two-year course of study that prepares students as teachers of children from birth to grade 12 who are deaf or hard of hearing.  With origins dating back to 1914, the program is recognized internationally as one of the most prestigious of its kind.  The program’s intensive curriculum, emphasis on immersion in practice teaching, and experienced faculty attract students nationally from a wide variety of backgrounds.  

Scholarship funding covering 100% of the tuition in the first year is available for qualified students, plus a minimum of 50% in the second year.  No prerequisite courses, background in education, or sign language experience required.

Application fee waivers are available for all applicants to the MSDE program upon request.

Accreditation and certification

The program is accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED). PACS is also a Partner Member of OPTION Schools, which are listening and spoken language specialty programs for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The MSDE program is designed to prepare students for initial teacher certification by Council on Education of the Deaf (CED) and the State of Missouri with a Deaf/Hearing Impaired, Birth-Grade 12 endorsement. (Additional Missouri endorsements, such as Early Childhood and Elementary Education may be added by examination.) For individuals interested in pursuing teaching certification outside of Missouri, we encourage you to review those requirements before beginning an academic program. Our curriculum is thorough, resulting in our MSDE graduates being highly sought-after and employed in positions around the country.

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