Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education - Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education - 5th Year Program

Total Credit Hours: 36          Degree Format: Traditional

Valdosta State University students with B.S.Ed. pre-professional degree in deaf and hard-of-hearing have the option to do a fifth year master’s program to earn initial certification. Majors in special education/deaf education demonstrate content knowledge through passing the state required content assessment in deaf education. Students in this graduate program will demonstrate skills in assessment, instructional strategies, use of technology and monitoring/ modifying instruction during observed teaching episodes evaluated by a university supervisor and P-12 mentor teacher.

Program Coordinator: Dr. Jennifer Beal, email: jsbeal@valdosta.edu, phone: 229-219-1317

Department of Teacher Education

ADMISSION DEADLINES

  • Fall Semester: July 15
  • Spring Semester: November 15
  • Summer Semester: April 15

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

Official transcript from your bachelor’s degree-granting school and from any graduate coursework.

  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School
  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally- accredited institution.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 Scale. GPA will be calculated on all attempted undergraduate coursework in which a letter grade was awarded.
  • PASSING SCORE ON GEORGIA EDUCATOR ETHICS ASSESSMENT
  • DEMONSTRATED PROFICIENCY IN AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL)
    • Must provide verification of a Level 2 on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) or an Intermediate on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI)

Verification of Lawful Presence 

(For applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)
  • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
  • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
  • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
  • Check out a complete list of accepted documents and residency information here.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

IMPORTANT PROGRAM INFORMATION

  • ONLY graduates of the VSU undergraduate program of the same name are eligible. Individuals who are interested in pursuing initial certification and a master’s degree in special education should consider the Georgia ONmyLINE (GOML) Master of Arts for Teachers in Special Education – General or Adapted Curriculum programs. Visit www.valdosta.edu/distance/GOML/ for additional information.
  • This is a 5th year graduate program. It is only offered on campus and is not open to other applicants.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS 

To qualify for admission to this program, applicants must have recently completed the VSU Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) program of the same name. Please review the information below for specific information and guidelines for this program.
  • Applicants who are eligible to apply for this program will hold a B.S.Ed. from VSU and are therefore exempt from submitting TOEFL scores.
  • Certificate of Finances: The Certificate of Finance is required of any applicant requiring a student visa to enter the United States to complete his or her studies. If you will require a new visa to continue your studies at Valdosta State University, you will be required to complete this form as part of your application for admission. Applicants who do not require an I-20 student visa to continue their studies are exempt from this requirement.
 

ADMISSION CLASSIFICATIONS

  • The MEd Special education program only admits Regular Status students.
  • Probationary Status is not available for this program.
  • Irregular Admission is not available for this program.
  • Non-degree admission is not available for this graduate major.

HAVE QUESTIONS?

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.
  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5
  • Email Us: gradschool@valdosta.edu 
  • Visit Us: Converse Hall (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100

For additional program details contact the Program Coordinator: Dr. Jennifer Beal, email: jsbeal@valdosta.edu, phone: 229-219-1317.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Students must complete an application for graduation one semester prior to their expected graduation date.
  2. Students must have a  3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required for graduation. No grade below a “C” will be credited toward the degree.
  3. Students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive electronic portfolio that requires the application of the knowledge gained in a series of courses. The portfolio will be assessed by a committee of faculty, using established criteria.

RETENTION, DISMISSAL, & READMISSION POLICIES

  1. Students must successfully complete CSD 2999 (Entry to Education) prior to or during the first semester of their enrollment. A student will be restricted from continuing her or his course of study until the 2999 course is successfully completed.  This will delay her or his progression in the program and graduation date. 
  2. Students should have successfully completed one undergraduate course in each of the following fields: physical science, biology, socio-behavioral science, math, introduction to special education or introduction to students with disabilities, and a course taken in the past five years demonstrating proficiency in computer skills. Students who have not met these requirements at the undergraduate level must do so prior to graduation from this program.
  3. Earning grades below “B” in graduate courses will result in the following consequences: Students admitted Fall 2011 and thereafter will be dismissed from the Graduate School if they accumulate three or more academic deficiency points unless otherwise indicated by individual program policy. A grade of “C” (although it may be credited toward a degree) equals one deficiency point. A grade of “D,” “WF” or “F,” or “U” (none of which will be credited toward a degree) equals two deficiency points. Candidates admitted BEFORE Fall 2011 and receiving two grades below “C” (“D”, “F”, “WF”,“U”) will be dismissed from the program. One grade below a "C" results in a warning.
  4.  A maximum of  6 semester hours of academic work may be transferred from another institution into a Dewar College of Education graduate program.  Transfer credit will be evaluated after admission, by the academic department.  To be eligible, credit must be no more than seven years old aat the time of admission unless otherwise approved by the program.
  5. If dismissed from the program, the student must wait a minimum of two semesters before applying for readmission. Readmission is not guaranteed and prior academic performance in the program will be considered.

Total Credit Hours: 36          Degree Format: Traditional

Valdosta State University students with B.S.Ed. pre-professional degree in deaf and hard-of-hearing have the option to do a fifth year master’s program to earn initial certification. Majors in special education/deaf education demonstrate content knowledge through passing the state required content assessment in deaf education. Students in this graduate program will demonstrate skills in assessment, instructional strategies, use of technology and monitoring/ modifying instruction during observed teaching episodes evaluated by a university supervisor and P-12 mentor teacher.

Program Coordinator: Dr. Jennifer Beal, email: jsbeal@valdosta.edu, phone: 229-219-1317

Department of Teacher Education

ADMISSION DEADLINES

  • Fall Semester: July 15
  • Spring Semester: November 15
  • Summer Semester: April 15

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

Official transcript from your bachelor’s degree-granting school and from any graduate coursework.

  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School
  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally- accredited institution.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 Scale. GPA will be calculated on all attempted undergraduate coursework in which a letter grade was awarded.
  • PASSING SCORE ON GEORGIA EDUCATOR ETHICS ASSESSMENT
  • DEMONSTRATED PROFICIENCY IN AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL)
    • Must provide verification of a Level 2 on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) or an Intermediate on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI)

Verification of Lawful Presence 

(For applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)
  • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
  • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
  • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
  • Check out a complete list of accepted documents and residency information here.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

IMPORTANT PROGRAM INFORMATION

  • ONLY graduates of the VSU undergraduate program of the same name are eligible. Individuals who are interested in pursuing initial certification and a master’s degree in special education should consider the Georgia ONmyLINE (GOML) Master of Arts for Teachers in Special Education – General or Adapted Curriculum programs. Visit www.valdosta.edu/distance/GOML/ for additional information.
  • This is a 5th year graduate program. It is only offered on campus and is not open to other applicants.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS 

To qualify for admission to this program, applicants must have recently completed the VSU Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) program of the same name. Please review the information below for specific information and guidelines for this program.
  • Applicants who are eligible to apply for this program will hold a B.S.Ed. from VSU and are therefore exempt from submitting TOEFL scores.
  • Certificate of Finances: The Certificate of Finance is required of any applicant requiring a student visa to enter the United States to complete his or her studies. If you will require a new visa to continue your studies at Valdosta State University, you will be required to complete this form as part of your application for admission. Applicants who do not require an I-20 student visa to continue their studies are exempt from this requirement.
 

ADMISSION CLASSIFICATIONS

  • The MEd Special education program only admits Regular Status students.
  • Probationary Status is not available for this program.
  • Irregular Admission is not available for this program.
  • Non-degree admission is not available for this graduate major.

HAVE QUESTIONS?

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.
  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5
  • Email Us: gradschool@valdosta.edu 
  • Visit Us: Converse Hall (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100

For additional program details contact the Program Coordinator: Dr. Jennifer Beal, email: jsbeal@valdosta.edu, phone: 229-219-1317.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Students must complete an application for graduation one semester prior to their expected graduation date.
  2. Students must have a  3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required for graduation. No grade below a “C” will be credited toward the degree.
  3. Students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive electronic portfolio that requires the application of the knowledge gained in a series of courses. The portfolio will be assessed by a committee of faculty, using established criteria.

RETENTION, DISMISSAL, & READMISSION POLICIES

  1. Students must successfully complete CSD 2999 (Entry to Education) prior to or during the first semester of their enrollment. A student will be restricted from continuing her or his course of study until the 2999 course is successfully completed.  This will delay her or his progression in the program and graduation date. 
  2. Students should have successfully completed one undergraduate course in each of the following fields: physical science, biology, socio-behavioral science, math, introduction to special education or introduction to students with disabilities, and a course taken in the past five years demonstrating proficiency in computer skills. Students who have not met these requirements at the undergraduate level must do so prior to graduation from this program.
  3. Earning grades below “B” in graduate courses will result in the following consequences: Students admitted Fall 2011 and thereafter will be dismissed from the Graduate School if they accumulate three or more academic deficiency points unless otherwise indicated by individual program policy. A grade of “C” (although it may be credited toward a degree) equals one deficiency point. A grade of “D,” “WF” or “F,” or “U” (none of which will be credited toward a degree) equals two deficiency points. Candidates admitted BEFORE Fall 2011 and receiving two grades below “C” (“D”, “F”, “WF”,“U”) will be dismissed from the program. One grade below a "C" results in a warning.
  4.  A maximum of  6 semester hours of academic work may be transferred from another institution into a Dewar College of Education graduate program.  Transfer credit will be evaluated after admission, by the academic department.  To be eligible, credit must be no more than seven years old aat the time of admission unless otherwise approved by the program.
  5. If dismissed from the program, the student must wait a minimum of two semesters before applying for readmission. Readmission is not guaranteed and prior academic performance in the program will be considered.
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