Feb 27, 2024  
2023-2024 Endicott College Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 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.

Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 48

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.