Young children learning through the PACS program.
seventy-five percent scholarship tuition coverage
two year program of study
one hundred percent job placement rate

The early identification of hearing loss and advanced hearing technologies have increased the national need for teachers with experience in listening and spoken language. Our rigorous, CED-accredited MSDE curriculum draws from speech-language pathology, audiology and education to empower graduates to make a difference in the lives of deaf and hard of hearing children.

Unparalleled student teaching opportunities

Classroom experience is at the heart of the MSDE program. You’ll spend more than 500 hours helping deaf and hard of hearing children develop their listening and spoken language skills using the latest technologies and techniques. Our students enjoy extensive access to the Central Institute for the Deaf, a nationally recognized school for deaf and hard of hearing children located right here on the Washington University Medical Campus.

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.

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 student

Admissions at a glance:


Early decision deadline: December 16, 2022
Priority decision deadline: February 1, 2022
Rolling admissions deadline: June 1, 2022

Requirements include:

  • Personal statement
  • Academic transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • No GRE required

Detailed application information »