Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Education of the Deaf

This program is designed for candidates who already hold master’s degrees in Deaf Education or a related field, and who are interested in career enhancement or additional graduate study. Teachers of the Deaf can use the course credits towards the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED) requirement for professional and ongoing certification. The framework of the CAGS program is based on a bilingual/bicultural (ASL and English) approach to Deaf Education. The specific course of study for a CAGS degree is flexible. With guidance from a faculty advisor in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, the candidate will design an individualized program, which may include courses such as ASL and ASL linguistics, Deaf culture and history, Deaf literature and education, counseling, linguistics, psychology, literacy, and bilingualism.

Students in the program explore the nature of language, linguistic theory, language acquisition, the teaching of language (ASL and English), as well as instructional strategies for teaching reading, math, science, and social studies. A primary goal of all Deaf Studies programs is to promote competence in American Sign Language (ASL), which is fundamental in gaining an in-depth understanding of the Deaf community and its culture. Students are required to complete an advanced sequence of ASL as a second language and pass an ASL Proficiency assessment prior to graduation.

Faculty Contact Information: Professor Bruce Bucci, deafstdy@bu.edu, 617-353-9480
Graduate Admissions Contact Information: sedgrad@bu.edu, 617-353-3205

For program requirements and additional details, please visit the BU Bulletin.