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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.

Program Description

Dr. Margaret Finnegan introduces the master's degree in Education of the 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.

Our philosophy and focus

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 will focus 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.

Courses will be taught through distance learning with a single summer residence required for all students.

Admissions Policies

Admissions to the Master’s Degree in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing with Endorsements comes through one of three avenues: 

  1. Students enrolled in Flagler’s undergraduate education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing program who decide to stay an extra year and complete a master’s degree in Deaf Education.
  2. Individuals who come to the master’s program with a BA in a related field and would like to complete the master’s program.
  3. Practicing Teachers who wish to seek endorsements in Education of the the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Teaching ASL in the Public Schools, or Working with Severe and Profoundly Impaired Students. Ultimately there will be additional endorsements offered to meet the changing requirements of teacher education and school districts.

For students who are enrolled at Flagler as undergraduate students, during the fall of their senior year they apply for admission to the graduate program. This requires: 

  1. GPA of 3.0 for the final 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  2. A personal statement of no more than two pages, typed in a professional 12-point font, addressing the following topics:
    1. The qualities the applicant feels they possess which would support their success in the Master of Arts Degree and/or the Endorsement programs.
    2. The goals the applicant has for their studies in the program. 
  3. A letter of recommendation from a current Flagler faculty member.
  4. Application fee of $50.00.

They are then be 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 students who are enrolled at another institution or have already graduated, the following is required: 

  1. A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution. Applicants must submit an official transcript from the institution from which they earned their degree.
  2. GPA of 3.0 for the final 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  3. Official GRE score report.
  4. A personal statement of no more than two pages, typed in a professional 12-point font, addressing the following topics:
    1. The qualities the applicant feels they possess which would support their success in the Master of Arts Degree and/or the Endorsement programs.
    2. The goals the applicant has for their studies in the program. 
  5. A current resume.
  6. Access to a working environment with children who are deaf/hard of hearing.
  7. Three letters of recommendation (One of these letters must be from the applicant’s current supervisor).
  8. Application fee of $50.00.

Students applying only for endorsements and not the full master's degree program are required to pay a $50 application fee and complete a separate application form for non-degree seeking students.

All students are required to sit for the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview and score level 2 in order to be admitted to the program.  Information concerning this instrument, scheduling and preparation may be found at  http://www.gallaudet.edu/asldes/aslpi.html. 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.

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:

Alabama

Montana

Nevada

Texas

Utah

Wisconsin

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 finnegmh@flagler.edu, 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 core of the proposed master’s degree in Education of the Deaf/HH is comprised of 12 courses for a total of 36 hours (three hours of which are devoted to the development of a thesis). 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. In addition to the core, the program offers two endorsement areas:

  • Teaching American Sign Language in the Public Schools
  • Severe and Profound Disabilities

Core Requirements of the MA Program

  • Language and Communication Development Among Students who are  Deaf/HH
  • Advanced American Sign Language OR Visual English Systems
  • Using ASL in the Classroom Setting
  • Working with Diverse Populations Who are Deaf/HH
  • Spoken Language Facilitation
  • Auditory Development with Deaf/HH Children
  • Instructional Methods of Language and Reading with Deaf/HH Children
  • Methods of Teaching Content to Deaf/HH
  • Curricular Issues in Content and Literacy in the Deaf/HH Classroom
  • Introduction to Research Seminar
  • Foundations of Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: History and Trends
  • Thesis
Elective Courses
  • Visual English Systems
  • American Sign Language Literature
  • Methods of Teaching American Sign Language
  • Instructional Strategies for Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • The Linguistics of American Sign Language
  • Instructional Strategies for Teaching Students with Severe and Profound Disabilities
  • Practicum - Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Instructional Methods for Students with Behavioral and Learning Disabilities

Coordinator of the Deaf Education program

Margarett Finnegan

Dr. Margarett H. Finnegan

904-819-6250

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.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Master's Program Application

Tuition & Fees

$500 per credit hour

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Master's Program Application

Contact

Dr. Margaret Finnegan
Coordinator of the Deaf/HH Master's Program
904-819-6250
finnegmh@flagler.edu