Young children learning through the PACS program.
two year program of study
one hundred percent job placement rate

The Master of Science in Deaf Education (MSDE) program 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. Our program’s intensive curriculum, emphasis on immersion in practice teaching, and experienced faculty attract students nationally from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Two degree paths are available: a two-year curriculum leading to the MSDE degree and teacher certification and a one-year curriculum leading to the MSDE degree without certification.

Who should apply?

Our MSDE students are collaborative, dedicated learners with a passion for helping others. We encourage students from diverse backgrounds and all undergraduate majors to apply — no prerequisite courses are required for the MSDE program. All requirements for the master’s degree, as well as teacher certification and licensure, can be completed during the two-year program.

Deaf Education: A listening and spoken language approach

95% of children who are deaf or hard of hearing have parents who can hear and want their child to learn to listen and talk. Teachers who specialize in this educational philosophy help children develop their spoken and written language skills through current teaching strategies and auditory technologies, such as cochlear implants and digital hearing aids.

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William Hendry, portrait

“There truly is no program like the deaf education program here at Washington University. The world needs more educators and…it’s honestly one of the best decisions I’ve made so far.”

William Hendry, MSDE (2023)
teacher, Central Institute for the Deaf (St. Louis, MO)