Master's Program in Deaf Education
The Deaf/Hard of Hearing (HH) master's program at Flagler College is committed to preparing qualified educators to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population of children who are deaf and hard of hearing.
During the 2015-2016 school year, Northeast Florida school districts faced numerous vacancies for teachers in Deaf/HH fields and these numbers continue to grow steadily. Because of this growing demand for teachers knowledgeable and certified in deaf/hard of hearing studies, Flagler will offer its first master's program in Deaf Education. This new program’ s application to the Southern Association of colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has been accepted and is pending approval from SACSCOC.
The Master of Arts Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Flagler College is committed to excellence within the discipline of deaf studies and education by providing quality graduate instruction in pedagogy that is culturally and linguistically accessible to empower deaf students and the deaf community.
The graduate Deaf Education program at Flagler College aims to develop high quality teachers and related service providers who work with deaf and hard of hearing students and seeks to develop competencies to the highest level for professionals who will become lifelong learners, engaged in continuous improvement of their teaching and related service knowledge and skills to positively impact their students, clients, and professional colleagues and ensure equal opportunity of learning for all students with hearing loss.
Philosophy and Practice:
Our philosophy holds that effective teaching in either residential or public school settings requires knowledge of curriculum and instruction in both regular and special education classrooms. To this end, the program focuses on bilingual/bicultural programming, auditory/oral programming, and instruction of children who are deaf or hard of hearing but also experience additional physical and learning disabilities. The master's program in education of the D/HH at Flagler College is committed to preparing qualified educators to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population of children who are deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH). Please note, this is NOT an initial certification program.
Courses will be taught through distance learning with a single summer residence required for all degree seeking students.
Students may enter the graduate program as either degree seeking students (pursuing a MA degree) or as non-degree seeking students (pursuing courses for certification, endorsements, and/or professional development).
Flagler College undergraduate students who wish to pursue the master’s degree:
Students who are enrolled in Flagler as undergraduate education of the D/HH majors are eligible to enroll in up to four courses which may apply to their master’s degree. These four courses have differentiated outcomes for graduate students and undergraduate students and are available to students who meet the prerequisites for each class and who have a 3.0 GPA. Candidates who wish to enroll as graduate students in these courses must complete graduate requirements as presented in the syllabus and earn a 3.0 or higher in each course.
These courses are:
- EDD 473/EDD 562- Instructional Methods of Teaching Content to students who are D/HH
- EDD 470/EDD 560 – Instructional Methods of Teaching Reading and Language to Students who are D/HH
- EDD 476/EDD 567 – Curricular Issues in Content and Reading in the Deaf Education Classroom
- EDD 348/EDD 548 – ASL in the Classroom Setting
Flagler College students should submit applications the fall of their senior year. Applications should include:
- A complete transcript of undergraduate work with evidence of GPA of 3.0 for the final 60 hours of coursework.
- A letter of recommendation from a current Flagler faculty member.
- A personal Statement of no more than two pages, typed in a professional 12- point font, explaining their goals in pursuing the advanced degree.
- Completion of the graduate school application which may be found online through MyFlagler.
- Application fee of $50.00.
They are notified of an admission decision prior to December and, if accepted, begin the program after receiving their baccalaureate degree from Flagler. Like freshman applicants to Flagler, they are required to have a combined score (Critical Reading plus Mathematics) of at least 1010 on a single administration of the SAT or a composite score of at least 21 on the ACT to gain entry to their original undergraduate program.
For candidates who have a bachelor’s degree in education of the D/HH or a related field:
- A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution. Applicants must submit an official transcript from the institution from which they earned their degree.
- GPA of 3.0 for the final 60 hours of coursework.
A personal statement of no more than two pages, typed in a professional 12-point font, addressing the following topics:
- The qualities the applicant feels they possess which would support their success in the Master of Arts Degree and/or the Endorsement programs.
- The goals the applicant has for their studies in the program.
- A current resume.
- Access to a working environment with children who are deaf/hard of hearing.
- Three letters of recommendation (One of these letters must be from the applicant’s current supervisor).
- An American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) score of 2.5*
- Completion of the Graduate application which may be found online at MyFlagler.
- Application fee of $50.00.
*All students applying to the master’s program are required to sit for the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview and score level 2.5 in order to be admitted to the program. Information concerning this instrument, scheduling and preparation may be found at http://www.gallaudet.edu/asl-diagnostic-and-evaluation-services/aslpi
Students who do not demonstrate acceptable proficiency are expected to enroll in additional coursework separate from the program curriculum to reach acceptable proficiency at an additional cost to the student. Information regarding the scheduling of the ASLPI may be found online through the following link.
For non-degree seeking students:
- Completion of an application form
- Official transcript
- Application fee of $50.00
- Students wishing to receive an endorsement in Teaching ASL in the Public Schools also must provide evidence of an ASLPI score of 2.5. More information may be found at MyFlagler.
Distance Education Application Restrictions
Please be informed that the state of Florida does not participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Consequently, Flagler College must adhere to regulations governing online education on a state by state basis. We do not accept applications from certain states because the regulatory burden is too great. The list of states from which we do not currently accept applications includes:
It is important that students applying to Flagler understand that the college cannot verify the physical location from which you are taking the online course. We recognize that some students may have a permanent residence in one state, but temporarily reside in another state for purposes of work or education. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the student to honestly report his/her state of residence. In addition, it is important that students from any state outside Florida, who are considering taking online courses from Flagler College, make themselves aware of relevant state regulations so that they know how their educational choices affect them. Please be aware that Flagler College is committed to making all possible good faith efforts to comply with all pertinent state and federal regulations.
Any questions, concerns, suggestions and/or complaints regarding the Master’s Program should be directed to Dr. Margaret H. Finnegan at firstname.lastname@example.org, 904. 819.6250 or VP 904. 438.3432 .
Acceptance of Academic Credit
- A maximum of 9 credits of high-quality graduate work done at a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an officially recognized degree-granting international institution may be applied toward the requirements for a master's or doctoral degree. However, credits earned to complete a previous master's degree elsewhere may not be applied to the Flagler graduate degree. All hours must be completed prior to enrolling in the Flagler master’s program.
- Approval to apply any transferred credits toward a degree program must be granted by the student's academic adviser, the program director, and the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Transfer credits must meet the following criteria:
- Must have been earned at a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an officially recognized degree-granting international institution;
- Must be of "A" or "B" grade value ("B-" grades are not acceptable; pass-fail grades are not transferable unless substantiated by the former institution as having at least "B" quality);
- Must appear on an official graduate transcript;
- Must be earned within the five years prior to the date of registration to the degree program at Flagler.
- If transferring credits from a university/college that is on quarter hours, quarter hours are converted to semester hours by multiplying the number of quarter hours by two-thirds.
The Master’s Program
The proposed master’s degree in Education of the D/HH is comprised of 10 courses for a total of 30 hours (three hours of which are devoted to the development of a research project). Students enrolling in the Master’s Program should be aware that in order to graduate with a Master’s Degree, the program requires all grades to be a B (3.0) or better. Courses are offered through the CANVAS INSTRUCTURE learning management system. A course demonstration site is available at https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-3486 . Upon enrolling in the program, students receive training in this tool.
In addition to the core, the program offers two endorsement areas:
- Teaching American Sign Language in the Public Schools
- Severe and Profound Disabilities
Teaching American Sign Language in the Public Schools: Required Courses
- Foundations in the Education of Students who are D/HH: History and Trends (3)
- The Linguistics of American Sign Language (3)
- American Sign Language Literature
- Methods of Teaching ASL
- ASL in the Classroom
Severe and Profound Disabilities: Required Courses
- Developmental Assessment of Students with Severe and Profound Disabilities
- Instructional Strategies for Teaching Students with Severe and Profound Disabilities
- Practicum in Working with Students with Severe and Profound Mental Disabilities
- Collaboration for Low Incidence Populations
Core Requirements of the MA Program: All master’s degree students are required to take the following courses:
- EDD 545 - Practicum in Working with Students who are D/HH (Summer Residence)
- EDD 557 -Spoken Language Facilitation
- EDD 555 - Auditory Development with D/HH children
- EDD5 48 - ASL in the Classroom Setting
- EDD 515 - Introduction to Research
- EDD 570 - Action Research for the Classroom Teacher
Additional requirements for MA candidates who enter the program without either certification or a degree in Education of the D/HH:
- EDD 509 - Foundations of Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: History and Trends
- EDD 560 - Instructional Methods of Teaching Reading and Language with students who are D/HH
- EDD 562 - Instructional Methods of Teaching Content to Students who are D/HH
- EDD 512 - Language and Communication Development Among Students who are Deaf/HH
- EDD 550 - Visual English Systems
- EDD 544 - American Sign Language Literature
- EDD 565 - Methods of Teaching American Sign Language
- EDD 525 - Linguistics of American Sign Language
- EDD 530 - Working with Diverse Students who are D/HH
- ESE 568 - Instructional Methods of Teaching Students with Severe and Profound Disabilities
- ESE 550 - Instructional Methods for Students with Behavioral and Learning Disabilities
- ESE 550 - Collaboration for Low Incidence Populations
- ESE 555 - Practicum in Working with Students with Severe and Profound Mental disabilities
- ESE 547 - Developmental Assessment of Students with Severe and Profound Disabilities
Coordinator of the Deaf Education program
Dr. Margarett H. Finnegan
Professor Finnegan earned her Ph.D. in Special Education from Temple University and her M.S.Ed. and B.A. in Education of the Deaf from Western Maryland College. She is a state and regional advocate for deaf and hard of hearing students, and she has been publishing and presenting on issues related to deaf education since 1979.