NTID offers a graduate program leading to the master of science degree in secondary education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. This unique program prepares students to meet the national need for teachers of secondary students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The program’s purpose includes the preparation of teachers not only as effective and ethical practitioners but also as scholars and leaders in the profession.
Faculty members in this program are international leaders in research and are highly skilled in the education of deaf people. A carefully designed system of faculty advisement is a prominent feature of this program. On-campus facilities, state-of-the-art technology, and a well-established system of educational access services combine to make this a vital program for both deaf and hearing students who desire careers as professional educators of deaf students. Graduates of this program have a 96 percent pass rate on the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations.
Admission to the program is based on the following criteria:
- Successful completion of the baccalaureate degree at an accredited college or university.
- Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.
- Submission of Test of English as a Foreign Language scores for applicants whose native language is other than English for those whose undergraduate degrees are from colleges and universities outside of the United States. Minimum scores of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (Internet-based) for international students are required.
- A basic knowledge of sign language as measured by a departmental skill assessment, or willingness to take American Sign Language I, or its equivalent, at NTID or another college prior to beginning the program.
- A level of writing proficiency appropriate to graduate study as indicated by a review of undergraduate writing-intensive courses and an expository essay (see below). In addition, applicants may be required to take the COMPASS e-Write, a standardized writing assessment.
- Evidence of professional commitment and potential for success in the program (i.e., letters of reference and an expository essay).
- An individual interview.
Additionally, 30 semester credit hours in a content area are required by the New York State Education Department for initial certification to teach a secondary (grades 7–12) content area. Students who do not have the required number of hours must complete the additional credits before applying for New York State certification. Secondary academic subjects include American Sign Language, English, mathematics, social studies, or science.
Note: A major in social studies includes economics and government, and at least 21 semester hours in the history and geography of the United States and the world.
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