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Master of Arts in Deaf Education

Prepare for success with this unique learning program

Pursue a specialized Master of Arts in Deaf Education that prepares you to serve children who are deaf/hard of hearing in inclusive educational settings.

This graduate program was developed in collaboration with the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, which has schools in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Northampton, Massachusetts; CREC/Soundbridge in Connecticut; and the Hearing Impaired Program (HIP) in Bergen County, NJ. Students who live in or near these cities can benefit from this hybrid model featuring Fontbonne coursework and field experience at each of these locations.

The Master of Arts in Deaf Education is accredited by the Council of Education of the Deaf (CED).CED conducts a nationally recognized process for the accreditation of post-secondary programs which train teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students. The CED Accreditation program is built upon the core competencies in special education set forth by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and also has standards specifically for teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students. As Fontbonne is a CED certified program, our graduates are eligible for CED individual Certification which represents the highest standard for teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students.

Program Highlights

This collaborative program enables you to learn essential teaching skills and theory through hands-on experience in a vibrant school setting as well as dedicated coursework provided by Fontbonne.

  • This program is a unique model designed to prepare a new generation of professionals.
  • Synchronous distance learning features video conferences, interactive webinars and broadcast lectures — all in real-time as they are delivered to local Fontbonne students.
  • The program stresses an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating the principles of best practice from deaf education, early childhood education, speech-language pathology and special education.
  • Classes are small and highly interactive.
  • Faculty are nationally recognized, experienced and committed to each graduate student’s success. Many of our faculty continue to work with children and families, sharing their expertise through technological advancements, evidence-based practices and innovative techniques.
  • Scholarships are available.

Deadline to apply to the program and grant funding is typically Feb. 1 of each year. 

Coursework and Field Experience

  • All coursework is presented by instructors through face-to-face instruction or via synchronous distance technology.
  • The 45-credit-hour curriculum prepares graduate students with the content and experiences they need to:
    • provide educational services to students who are learning and using listening and spoken language;
    • collaborate with professionals in inclusive educational settings;
    • monitor and facilitate the use of hearing technology;
    • instruct learners with modifications and accommodations;
    • support learners’ self advocacy and social-emotional development.
  • Students will complete more than 400 hours of field experience in or near the city in which they reside.


Student scholarships are available from Fontbonne University through two different Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services five-year $1.25 million grants. Please click here for more information. 

Other funding opportunities:

  • Alumni Discount: If you are an alumna or alumnus of Fontbonne University, you may be eligible for a 15 percent discount on graduate tuition.
  • Educator’s Discount: In appreciation of the services offered to our community by educators at all levels, Fontbonne University offers a 15 percent discount to qualified individuals enrolled in graduate coursework. Qualified educators include those who work at least half-time in a nursery school, a pre-K through 12 school system or post-secondary institution. A discount application form is available from the Fontbonne admission representative or program director with whom you are working. The form must be completed each semester or enrollment term to receive the discount.

Department News

Deaf Education in Inclusive Settings Graduate Scholarship

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree at Fontbonne University or another four year college or university and have been accepted into the program are eligible for scholarships of tuition support and funds for professional education and development programs.

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For More Information Contact:

Dan Salvucci, M.E.D., Ed.M.
Director of the Northeast Collaborative Deaf Education Program
Phone: 314-889-1407

Jenna Voss, Ph.D., CED, LSLS Cert AVEd
Asst. Professor, Director of Deaf Education
Phone: 314-719-8039


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St. Louis, MO 63105


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