Jun 27, 2022  
2021-2022 Endicott College Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Endicott College Academic Catalog

Special Education, Deaf and Hard of Hearing (All Levels) (Master of Education)

Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) are in high demand worldwide. Many DHH programs for them do not focus on the combinations of needs associated with being DHH and having other special education needs. This program is unique among offerings in the state of Massachusetts because it prepares educators to understand and apply relevant research from multiple fields, and teach students who are DHH in a variety of  educational contexts. This preparation is done through coursework in: Deaf history and culture; American Sign Language and principles of language development to foster learning; diverse learners who utilize a variety of communication modalities (including those who utilize assistive and  augmentative technologies); inclusive education philosophy and practice; writing and assessing Individualized Education Plans (IEPs); and the positive impact of Deaf culture on hearing societies. Those seeking an initial license in Deaf and Hard of Hearing (All Levels), who meet the licensure program requirements, follow the Initial Licensure program of study.
Prerequisite for Initial Licensure: Passing score on the Communication and Literacy MTEL. To meet the licensure program requirements, students must successfully complete all of the required MTELs, coursework and fieldwork. Students are required to pass all required MTELs prior to enrolling in the practicum.

Admission Requirements

All candidates must apply online at: endicott.edu/admission/information-for-graduate-students/apply 

Applicants should submit the following to Graduate Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915

  • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
  • Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference);
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work;
  • Essay (750-1000 words) on the following: Please describe your educational philosophy and how you apply this philosophy in your teaching practice. Should you not be a classroom teacher currently, in what ways will your philosophy influence your practices? 
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better;
  • All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of six Endicott credits.

Additional Application Requirements M.Ed. Leading to Initial License

  • A copy of passing scores on the Communication and Literacy Test (MTEL)

International Applicants for Graduate Admission
Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.

International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

Program of Study

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will:

  • Demonstrate how to apply knowledge of child and adolescent development and the specific needs of DHH students.
  • Design high quality instruction, including authentic and meaningful student assessments.
  • Analyze student performance and growth data with a focus on individualized goals and use data to improve instruction.
  • Choose appropriate instructional practices that establish high expectations and a safe and effective classroom environment.
  • Promote student learning and growth through outreach and collaboration with families, caregivers, community members, and organizations.
  • Establish and refine an ethical, culturally proficient (inclusive of Deaf culture), skilled, and collaborative practice.

Total Degree Requirements - 48 credits