Today, there is a greater understanding of the specific needs of individuals with ASD, driving a need for professionals with expertise in research and best practices related to teaching and caring for them. To meet this expanding need, Saint Joseph’s University offers a four-course Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate that prepares students to assist and empower members of this population.
What Sets Our Program Apart
Saint Joseph's University's special education in deaf and hard of hearing MS prepares educators for state certification and the ability to acquire the competencies specifically needed to support learning and development in children with hearing loss. You will receive an in-depth education in special education in your core courses and dive deep into the current deaf and hard of hearing education practices in your concentration courses.
The Special Education MS in deaf and hard of hearing is designed to meet the needs of both working professionals in the field who are looking to advance their careers or change paths and recent graduates looking to get ahead in their careers. The program is offered fully online.
Our classes are small and designed for professionals looking to create connections with their classmates and professors. Most classes are made up of only 10-20 students. Work at your own pace by choosing one, two or three courses per term.
If you hold a Level I Certification in early childhood, elementary, middle school or secondary education and wish to obtain a certification to teach in special education classrooms and programs, you may choose between two grade-level certifications, PK-8 or 7-12, both of which prepare you for Pennsylvania certification. Both classroom instruction and field placements offer you a rigorous and well-rounded curriculum addressing critical areas of special needs instruction.
Throughout the program, you will learn to use the latest technologies used to facilitate meaningful and differentiated learning experiences for your students. You'll also come to understand how to communicate effectively with deaf and hard of hearing students. You’ll be encouraged to set goals related to improving your sign language and alternative communication skills.
The special education program at Saint Joseph’s University features an experienced faculty whose expertise in urban teaching, inclusive education and assistive technology provide a unique educational experience.
What Can I Do with a Master's Degree in Special Education (Deaf and Hard of Hearing Concentration)?
Educators with a Special Education MS in Deaf and Hard of Hearing go on to work for schools, education systems, healthcare facilities and other industries. Appropriate candidates for this program include:
- State-certified general education and special education teachers seeking an additional certification
- Professionals or paraprofessionals with a bachelor’s degree who are seeking initial certification (PK-12 option) and Pennsylvania Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing PK-12 certification as a teacher of students who are deaf and hard of hearing
- Related service personnel (e.g. speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists) who wish to become teachers of students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Note: The State of Pennsylvania carries a reciprocity with many states
- Sign language interpreters who wish to become teachers of students who are deaf and hard of hearing
View required courses for this program in the academic catalog. Please contact us if you have any questions about the program curriculum.
Tuition & Fees: Affordable tuition options start at $845 per credit.* A $100 education fee is required per semester (2023-2024).
*This rate applies to all students accepted by Saint Joseph’s University after June 1, 2023. Tuition and fee rates for students accepted prior to June 1, 2023 differ. Pricing does not include room and board, health insurance or any professional, clinical or transportation fees. Visit our tuition & fees page or contact us for more information.
Financial Aid & Discount Eligibility: Financial aid and discount options may be available to you to help offset the cost of your degree. Explore your options on our financial aid page.
Graduate assistantships are offered on a limited basis. Please contact the program director for availability.
Graduate applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. New students may enroll in courses during the fall, spring or summer semesters.
- Fall: August and October
- Spring: January and March
- Summer: May
If you’re applying as an international student, you must provide proof of English Language Proficiency and Certification of Finances along with your application. Check the graduate admission page for additional requirements.
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