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M.Ed. in Special Education: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Department of Middle, Secondary, Reading, and Deaf Education 
Valdosta State University
  • Admission Requirements
  • Apply and be accepted by VSU’s Graduate School
    • Take and submit test scores from either the GRE or the MAT to the Graduate School
    • Submit official transcripts from all institutions previously attended to the Graduate School 
    • Specific scores and other information are available at this link: of-education-in-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-education-5th-year-php
  • Completion of DEAF 2999 – Entry to the Profession
  • Successfully pass the GACE Basic Skills Test / Program Admission
    • Assessment or qualify for an exemption Exemption scores are:
    • SAT – 1000
    • ACT 43 (Math + English)
    • GRE before August 1, 2011 – 1030 (Verbal and Quantitative) GRE on or after August 1, 2011 – 297 (Verbal and Quantitative)
  • Possess a minimum 2.5 GPA (based on all college coursework previously completed. A “no forgiveness” policy applies.)
  • Complete a criminal background check
  • Submit proof of liability insurance
  • Purchase Live Text and complete the online training
  • Evidence of ASL fluency indicated by an Intermediate on the SLPI, or national interpreting certification prior to admission to Deaf Education program
    • Those providing documentation of fluency at the Intermediate level on the SLPI at the time of admission must complete 6 hours of undergraduate coursework (DEAF 3100 and DEAF 3150) – e.g. all graduates must complete these two courses in addition to the M.Ed. graduate courses
  • Additional Requirements
    • Student teaching to be evaluated synchronously via video conferencing technology and digital recording of teaching of D/HH students
    • Complete and sign a release form allowing VSU Program Coordinator to discuss student progress with grant personnel.
    • Students completing the program will take and successfully pass the GACE content knowledge tests in Deaf Education so they can be recommended for certification in Georgia.
    • Verification of successful completion of the appropriate endorsement content assessment:
    • The Georgia test can be accepted if the educator obtains licensure in Georgia based on the program completion and content testing
    •  The Praxis assessment required by Kansas can be accepted if the educator has a current Kansas teaching license. Kansas Praxis requirements for licensure can be found at

Contact for Kansas School for the Deaf:

Luanne Barron, Assistant Superintendent Kansas School for the Deaf
450 E. Park
Olathe, KS 66061
(913) 791-0513

Contact for Valdosta State University:

Nanci Scheetz, Program Coordinator Valdosta State University
1500 N. Patterson Street
Valdosta, GA 31698
(229) 219-1322