The Master of Science in Deaf Education (MSDE) program is a two-year course of study that prepares students as teachers of children who are deaf or hard of hearing (birth to grade 12). The early identification of hearing loss and advanced hearing technologies have increased the national need for teachers with experience in listening and spoken language, creating opportunities for graduates across the country. 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 Washington University School of Medicine’s MSDE program is accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) 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 recognized by DESE as an approved teacher training program, leading to initial teacher certification in the area of Deaf/Hard of Hearing (Birth-Grade 12). DESE also requires applicants take and pass the Missouri Content Assessment (MCA) in Deaf & Hard of Hearing as a condition for licensure in this area. Select endorsements may also be added upon taking and passing other MCAs.
The Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences has determined that, as a result of DESE accreditation, its MSDE program curriculum meets the educational requirements to sit for the MCA in Deaf & Hard of Hearing and to pursue initial teacher certification in the area of Deaf/Hard of Hearing (Birth-Grade 12) in the State of Missouri. As of November 1, 2020, no determination has been made that its curriculum meets the educational requirements for certification in any other state.