Master of Arts for Teachers (M.A.T) Degree in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education
The M.A.T. is designed for students who hold an undergraduate degree in a field outside of education. Those applying to the program must be employed in a classroom with students who are D/deaf or hard of hearing or be able to spend 20 hours/week in the classroom for the duration of the program. This degree prepares teachers to work with students who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. By providing teachers with content knowledge and pedagogical skills, graduates complete the program prepared to meet the diverse needs of this unique student population. This pre-professional degree (P – 12) is designed to provide graduates with competency in American Sign Language (ASL) as measured by a Proficiency Level 2 on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI). This equips graduates with the skill set needed to communicate with students enrolled in schools for the deaf as well as those served in resource rooms in general education settings. This 13-course, 36 semester hour can be completed in four consecutive semesters (approximately 16 months) depending on the number of courses a student is able to successfully complete each semester. No campus visits are required to complete the program.
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution
Passing score or exemption on GACE I
Cumulative 2.75 minimum grade point average
Satisfactory completion of EDUC 2999
Acceptance into the VSU Graduate School
Must be employed in a classroom with students with disabilities or be able to spend 20 hours/week in a classroom for the duration of the program