Endorsed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement program at Saint Joseph's features a curriculum that focuses on assessment and research-based strategies. The program places special emphasis on skill development and behavioral modification for students of all ages who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum.
Special Education M.S. - Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Saint Joseph's University's Master of Science in Special Education with a concentration in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education PK-12 program is designed to serve those interested in the education of deaf and hard of hearing learners.
What Is the Special Education M.S. — Deaf and Hard of Hearing?
The Special Education M.S. in deaf and hard of hearing program at Saint Joseph's University 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 M.S. 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. Work at your own pace by choosing one, two or three courses per term.
Within the Deaf Education field, there remains a significant shortage of qualified educators.
What Can I Do with a Master's Degree in Special Education (Deaf and Hard of Hearing Concentration)?
Educators with a Special Education M.S. 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
How Will Saint Joseph's University Prepare Me to Teach Students Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing?
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.
Additionally, 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.
At a Glance
Master of Science
Varies depending on state teaching credentials
Fall, Spring, Summer
Credits & Concentrations
Tuition & Fees
$100 education fee per semester (2021-2022)
Average Class Size
Average Work Experience
Most students are in the field of education or a related field. Experience ranges from new teachers to those close to retirement or ready to change careers. We welcome all levels of experience and interest.
Graduate assistantships are offered on a limited basis. Please contact the program director for availability.
*note - discounts cannot be combined.
SJU is a yellow ribbon school that accepts GI education benefits. Our Office of Veterans Services can help you access and understand the benefits available to you and will support you during your educational career at SJU.