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Special Education (MA) - Deaf and Hard of Hearing 
Program Description

Deaf/Hard of Hearing

On-line Program

The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies at the University of Arizona supports an on-line graduate concentration to prepare teachers with Arizona certification to teach students who are deaf and hard of hearing (DHH). Individuals can enter a master’s program (MA degree) in Special Education and obtain certification in Education of DHH, or if they already have teaching certification and a master’s degree in a related field, they can elect to complete courses to receive state certification in Education of DHH. Currently, students from across Arizona as well as from Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming participate in this on-line program.

We follow the application deadlines for the department. Applications for Summer or Fall are due by March 15 and applications for Spring are due by September 1. In most situations student should begin the program during the Summer I term. Exceptions may be made for students with previously completed coursework in the area of DHH.

Advisor: Dr. Shirin Antia

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.

The Graduate College requires an Application for Admission submitted online, along with an application fee.

The department requires the following documents to be submitted through your online application:

·         Two Official Transcripts of all previous college work from each college or university previously attended being sent Attention: Cecilia Carlon at the College of Education at P.O. Box 210069, Tucson, AZ 85721-0069.  You are also welcome to bring official copies to Room 414 at the College of Education.

·          International students must provide a TOEFL score of minimum 79, and scores cannot be older than two years. The institutional code for the University of Arizona is 4832.

·         Three letters of recommendation from persons who have direct knowledge of your academic and/or professional performance and potential for graduate study. These letters should be recent. It is preferable to have letters of recommendation that are specific to admission to our program and your recommenders will be able to upload letters through this venue. (Look for instructions below)

·         Autobiographical essay (1-2 pages, double spaced) that describes:

o    how the applicant's professional, educational, and life experiences have influenced the desire to pursue graduate studies in the area of Behavior Support.

o    the applicant's career goals and how graduate study would contribute to their realization, and

o    the applicant's goals and objectives for graduate study

o    the autobiographical essay has the option to be uploaded (look for instructions below)

Your application will be considered once you have submitted all required documentation. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and will be automatically denied. Once your application has been submitted, you may check the status of your application at any time by logging in to this account and opening this application. Please do not call the department regarding the status of your application. You will be notified via email as soon as a decision has been reached.



College of Education  
Campus where offered
UA Online  
Admissions Contact
Cecilia Carlon
Graduate Program Coordinator
Cecilia Carlon
Director of Graduate Studies
Linda R Shaw
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Lori D'Anna
Tuition and Fees
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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

On line 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/autobiographical essay


Standardized Tests



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

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:  March 15 for summer admission

(DHH) program has an assigned start term of Summer I for all incoming students (unless informed otherwise by DHH program faculty),

International Applicants:  December 1 for summer admission

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. 

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Last revised 23 Oct 2017