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Special Education MA – Deaf & Hard of Hearing Emphasis – Courses & Requirements

Online Program

Your courses are entirely online which allows you to continue working while obtaining your master's degree.

If you are not a licensed teacher, you will also need to take the Professional Teacher Education (PTEP) courses for state licensure. Please visit the School of Education's PTEP page for more information.

Course of Study

The total number of courses needed for completion of this master's degree will depend on your previous coursework and if you have your initial teacher licensure (see above). The program will do a transcript review when you apply and provide you with a plan of study, but you can review the requirements below for a general idea of which courses you might need.

For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

For an example of upcoming courses, visit the Current Program Students page.

PreRequisites / Co-Requisites

These courses are listed as prerequisites in the catalog, though you can complete them while in the program; they are not required for initial program admission.

ASLS 266 Normal Speech and Language Development (3)

ASLS 370 Basic Audiology (4)

Required Emphasis Credits (39 Hours)

EDSE 510 Foundations of Special Education (3)

EDSE 511 Learning Environments and Cultural Considerations (3)

EDSE 512 Assessment, IEP Development and Instructional Planning (3)

EDSE 550 Foundation of Deaf Education (3)

EDSE 651 Collaboration: Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)

EDSE 652 Auditory Skill Development: Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)

EDSE 653 Speech: Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)

EDSE 654 Language: Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)

EDSE 655 Literacy: Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)

EDSE 656 Curriculum and Instruction: Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)

EDSE 657 Practicum: Deaf/Hard of Hearing (6-12)

Required Research Course (3 Hours)

SRM 600 Introduction to Graduate Research (3)

Sign Language Proficiency Test

Students are required to complete a sign language proficiency test which will be administered before each student's practicum placement.

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Credits Required:
30-55 (depending on previous coursework)
Time to Completion:
2 years
$495/credit hour

Delivery Options:

Program Coordinator:

John Luckner


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