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Program/Degree
Special Education (MA) - Deaf and Hard of Hearing 
Program Description
Online Program The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies at the University of Arizona supports an online graduate concentration to prepare teachers to teach students who are deaf and hard of hearing (DHH). The Special Education – DHH program leads to Arizona certification. Individuals can enter the master’s program (MA degree) in Special Education or, if they already have teaching certification, they can elect to complete courses to receive state certification only. Currently, students from across Arizona as well as from Alaska, California, Iowa, New Mexico, and Illinois participate in this online program. Admission into the UA Graduate College as well as the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies is required for all individuals seeking a master’s degree. The following requirements must be met to be considered for admission to the Special Education – DHH master’s degree program: a) Individuals with a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in education or related fields with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. b) Experience with children, including children with special needs and children who are D/HH. The following are preferred requirements but can be met after admission and prior to graduation: a) Intermediate sign language skills (e.g., competency of 2+ or higher on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview). b) A foundational special education course. Individuals seeking certification only should contact Dr. Rivera for application information. Advisor: Dr. Christina Rivera  
Department/Academic Unit(s)

Dept of Disability & Psychoeducational Studies -

The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies is committed to research about and teaching of students with disabilities and special abilities. The department’s research, teaching, and service address current issues in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, and deaf studies. The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies (DPS) is dedicated to advancing human and economic development through the empowerment and effective inclusion of culturally diverse individuals with disabilities and special abilities of all ages. This is accomplished by conducting research to further knowledge and understanding of abilities, disabilities, adaptations, interventions, and support systems; preparing professionals to educate and facilitate the development of individuals with disabilities and special abilities; and providing leadership at the local, state, national, and international levels. To accomplish our mission, the department offers nationally recognized undergraduate, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral-level degrees to prepare teachers, counselors, specialists, administrators, school psychologists, school counselors, and researchers and educators in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, gifted education, sign language and deaf studies, and educational interpreting.
 
College
College of Education  
Campus where offered
UA Online  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Cecilia Carlon
520-626-1248
Graduate Program Coordinator
Cecilia Carlon
520-626-1248
Director of Graduate Studies
Vanessa Perry
520-621-5552
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Annie Prisbrey
520-621-0119
 
Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
• Official transcripts to Department and a copy unofficial uploaded to the application. • 3 letters of recommendation. Applicant may use employers and professors as references. All letters must be from professional sources and should be written on letterhead. • Statement of purpose  
Standardized Tests

GRE NOT REQUIRED

 

Minimum TOEFL: 79 (IBT) 550 (PB) or
Minimum IELTS: Composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6)

Please review our English Proficiency Requirement list to verify your need to submit an English proficiency test.

 
Financial Aid

Contact your advisor or program faculty for information by visiting the department web site at http://www.coe.arizona.edu/dps

 
Admissions Deadlines
We accept applications throughout the year. Application deadlines are as follows: • Summer admission: March 15 • Fall Admission: June 15 • Spring Admission: October 15 
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 3705 for Major

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Please make sure that you indicate a Summer I start term in the Graduate College application.

Admission into the UA Graduate College as well as the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies is required for all individuals seeking a master’s degree.  The following individuals can be admitted to the special education master’s degree program with certification to teach children who are DHH.

a) Individuals with a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in education or related fields with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale;
b) Experience with children, including children with special needs and children who are D/HH;

The following are preferred requirements but can be met after admission and prior to graduation.
c) Intermediate sign language skills (Demonstrated by competency of 2+ or higher on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview or a rating of 3 or higher on the Educational Interpreter Proficiency Assessment.)
d) A course overviewing special education.

Individuals who hold a master’s degree in special education can apply for certification only as the UA Graduate College will not award a second master’s degree in special education. Admission requirements for certification only are identical to the master’s degree but transcripts, letters of recommendation and the statement of purpose/autobiographical essay are submitted directly to Dr. Shirin Antia. An online application for the status of non-degree student is submitted to the Graduate College. 

For course requirements visit: https://grad.arizona.edu/programs/programinfo/SPECMADHH 

 
Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
Student Handbook
https://www.coe.arizona.edu/dps/ma_dhh  
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Last revised 20 Nov 2019