Education of the Deaf

This program is designed for Teachers of the Deaf who already hold master’s degrees and who are interested in career enhancement or additional graduate study. Teachers of the Deaf can use the course credits toward the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED) requirement for professional and ongoing certification. The course for study for a CAGS degree is flexible. With guidance from a Deaf Studies advisor, 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/biculturalism.  Thus the emphasis of the CAGS program is on a bilingual/bicultural (ASL and English) approach.

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. Many of the program’s core courses are taught by Deaf faculty. Students are required to complete an advanced sequence of ASL as a second language and pass an ASL Proficiency assessment prior to graduation.

Students in the CAGS program will have the opportunity to interact with master’s students (EdM) in the Deaf Education program and with doctoral students (EdD) in the Literacy & Language program.  The goal of all programs in the Deaf Studies department is to promote competence in American Sign Language (ASL), the language of the Deaf, which is fundamental in gaining an in-deaf understanding of the Deaf community and its culture.

Program Fast Facts

  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the CAGS in Education of the Deaf.
  • Program Duration: One academic year. Duration for part-time students vary.
  • Start Term: Students may only begin the program during the fall semester.
  • Admissions Deadline: Complete applications must be submitted by February 1 to be considered for admission for the fall semester. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a space-available basis only.
  • Licensure: This program does not lead to licensure.
  • Prerequisites: This program requires a masters degree or an international equivalent.
  • Faculty Contact Information: Professor Bruce Bucci,, 617-353-9480
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information:, 617-353-3205
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Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.