Secondary Education of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing MS
The master of science degree in secondary education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing is a unique program that prepares students to meet the national need for teachers of secondary students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The program prepares teachers not only as effective and ethical practitioners but also as scholars and leaders in the profession.
Faculty members in this program are international leaders in research and are highly skilled in the education of deaf people. A carefully designed system of faculty advisement is a prominent feature of the program. On-campus facilities, state-of-the-art technology, and a well-established system of educational access services combine to make this a vital program for both deaf and hearing students who desire careers as professional educators of deaf students. Graduates have a 96 percent pass rate on the New York State Teacher Certification examinations.
Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
0835-700 History of Deaf Educational Thought 4
0835-701 Psychology and Sociology of Deaf Students 4
0835-702 Deaf Students: Educational and Cultural Diversity 4
0835-703 Special Education in the Social Context 4
0835-704 Teaching Deaf Learners with Secondary Disabilities 4
0835-705 Political/Legal Environment 4
0835-706 Educational Technology and Teaching 2
0835-712 Curriculum Content and Methods of Instruction 4
0835-713 Assessment 4
0835-721 Structure of American Sign Language 4
0835-722 Audition and Spoken Language: Application in Education 4
0835-723 Language Acquisition and Variation 4
0835-724 English Language Development 4
0835-790 Foundations of Educational Research 4
0835-820 Perspectives in Teaching Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students 2
0835-860 Student Teaching I 10
0835-861 Student Teaching II 10
0835-880 Master’s Project Seminar 2
0835-890 Master’s Project 8
0835-898 Special Topics variable
0835-999 Field Experience 0
Professional Development Seminars 0
American Sign Language* 8
Proposed plan of study First Year
0835-703 Special Education in the Social Context
0835-701 Psychology and Sociology of Deaf Students
0835-706 Educational Technology and Teaching
0835-721 Structure of American Sign Language
0886-xxx ASL course
0835-700 History of Deaf Educational Thought
0835-722 Audition and Spoken Language: Application in Education
0835-712 Curriculum Content and Methods of Instruction
0835-723 Language Acquisition and Variation
0835-999 Field Experience*
0886-xxx ASL course
0835-860 Student Teaching I*
0835-820 Perspectives in Teaching Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students
0835-790 Foundations of Educational Research
0835-724 English Language Development
0835-702 Deaf Students: Educational and Cultural Diversity
0835-880 Master’s Project Seminar
0835-861 Student Teaching II*
0835-890 Master’s Project
0835-704 Teaching Deaf Learners with Secondary Disabilities
0835-705 Political/Legal Environment
Degree requirements Course work will require a minimum of six quarters. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 must be maintained. Before graduation, students are expected to have at least intermediate-level signing skills as determined by a Sign Language Proficiency Interview.
To be considered for admission to the MS program in secondary education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
4+2 education program A 4+2 program designed specifically for RIT students who hope to become teachers of deaf and hard-of-hearing students was created as a bridge between the university's four-year bachelor’s degree programs and the two-year MS program in secondary education. Upon successful completion of a bachelor’s degree in an approved program with the required credits and GPA, students are guaranteed admission to the MS program.
NTID tuition is about one-third of RIT's tuition. Approximately 60 percent of NTID’s full-time graduate students receive financial aid awards. A student’s need is determined by the analysis of the Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA). RIT has four general categories of financial aid: scholarships, grants, loans, and employment. RIT has grant funding available to address the financial need of all graduate students. Though funds are limited, RIT strives to meet as much of a student’s financial need as possible.
Students who pursue the MS program and plan to teach in the content areas of math or science upon graduation, may be eligible for a scholarship of up to $5,000 per year for two years. Up to 10 such scholarships are offered on an annual basis.
All full-time students in the MS program are offered opportunities to work as graduate assistants with members of NTID faculty and staff. These paid positions range from teaching and research assistants to program assistants and tutors. Graduate assistants are required to work five hours per week and receive a stipend of $1,000 per quarter ($3,000 per academic year). There also are numerous on-campus student employment opportunities available.