Deaf Education

To All Prospective Graduate Applicants:

As per the requirements of the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED), the Department of Communicative Sciences and Deaf Studies at California State University, Fresno has implemented a 36-unit graduate online Deaf Education program effective Fall 2020 semester. All students admitted into the Deaf Education graduate program in Fall 2020 semester or thereafter, will be required to complete the 36-unit program. Moreover, it is strongly encouraged that all students admitted into the Deaf Education graduate program complete their degree along with their teaching credential through our partnership with the Kremen School of Education and Human Development.

The Master of Arts (MA) in Deaf Education Program at California State University, Fresno is accredited by CED, c/o University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, MC 7777, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78229. Dedicated to quality education for deaf and hard of hearing students, CED propagates nationally recognized standards for teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students in all educational settings, accredits university programs preparing teachers of deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and collaborates with a variety of other related organizations through several national committees and workgroups.

Graduate Requirements

Certification by Council on Education of the Deaf

For students specializing in education of the Deaf, completion of the master's degree fulfills all the academic and clinical practicum requirements for Provisional Certification by the Council on Education of the Deaf, the national organization responsible for certifying teachers of the Deaf. Professional level certification is available following three years of successful teaching under the supervision of a professionally certified educator of hearing impaired children. All students are encouraged to acquire national certification.

Special Education Specialist: Communication Handicapped Credential (Deaf and Severely Hard-of-Hearing)

When applying for the Deaf Education graduate program, students will be applying as a graduate student for the M.A. degree. In addition, accepted students will pursue the Education Specialist Deaf and Hard of Hearing Credential. Deaf Education majors may pursue the credential with or without the M.A. However, students pursuing either credential must meet all admission requirements for the graduate program. Students can not take any CSDS 200-level courses without departmental acceptance into the M.A. or credential program. CSDS 200-level course work taken by deaf-ed students for a credential will not be included on a Master's Degree program of study unless the student has been admitted into the M.A. program. Students cleared as credential candidates by the department and the School of Education and Human Development are not automatically accepted into the department's graduate program. Information regarding the two credentials is available from departmental credential advisers and the School of Education and Human Development.