Deaf Education in Inclusive Settings: Fontbonne Clarke Northeast Collaborative

Master of Arts in Deaf Education preparing educators to serve children who are deaf/hard of hearing in inclusive educational settings.

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This graduate program is offered in partnership with the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, which has schools in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Northampton, Mass. Students who live in or near these cities can benefit from this hybrid model featuring Fontbonne coursework and practicum field work at Clarke Schools and other locations. The Clarke schools provide education and services for children who are deaf and hard of hearing, offering students an ideal training ground for the practicum portion of the degree program.

Master of Arts in Deaf Education Program Highlights

  • 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.

Deadline to apply to the grant and to the program is typically Feb. 1 of each year. Student cohorts to begin in Summer semester. 

Coursework and Practicum

  • All coursework is presented by instructors through face-to-face instruction or via synchronous distance technology.
  • The 42-credit-hour curriculum will prepare 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 through the Clarke Schools or other Northeast programs, including the Capital Region Education Council’s Soundbridge Program in Connecticut and the Bergen County Hearing Impaired Program in New Jersey.


Student scholarships are available from Fontbonne University through the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services five-year $1.25 million grant received in April 2016. 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.

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For more information contact:

Dan Salvucci, M.E.D., Ed.M., CCC-A
Project Co-Director
Phone: (314) 889-1407

Susan Lenihan, Ph.D., CED
Professor, Director of Deaf Education
Phone: (314) 889-1461