Education of the Deaf

The Education of the Deaf program at Boston University School of Education is designed to help prepare students to become eligible for Initial Licensure in Massachusetts as Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, ALL levels. Massachusetts participates in the NASDTEC interstate reciprocity agreement with all other states and District of Columbia, but other specific state requirements may apply.

Our program is designed to give students a strong background in language, cognitive, and literacy development. Such a foundational understanding in those areas is crucial for determining the best possible approach to educating a wide variety of Deaf children. Moreover, an emphasis of the program is on understanding the culture and history of Deaf people as well as the best practices in Deaf children’s bilingual development.

Competence in American Sign Language, the language of the Deaf, is fundamental in gaining an in-depth understanding of the Deaf community. This program is based on a bilingual/bicultural (ASL and English) approach. Students in the program explore the nature of language, linguistic theory, language acquisition, and 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.

The master’s degree is required for full preparation and certification as a teacher of the Deaf. In addition to coursework, two semesters of student teaching are required. The student teaching experiences include a one-semester, part-time practicum in initial strategies and a one-semester, full-time student teaching practicum, either in a residential school or nonresidential program serving Deaf children.

Program Fast Facts

  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the EdM in Education of the Deaf.
  • Program Duration: Two academic years and one summer term. Duration for part-time study varies.
  • Start Term: This program only starts in the fall.  However, most incoming students will be required to complete prerequisite coursework in the summer immediately prior to starting the degree program
  • Licensure: Completion of the program in education of the Deaf may lead to initial licensure as a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
  • Admissions Deadline: Complete applications must be submitted by January 15 to be considered for admission for the Fall semester. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a space-available basis only.
  • Faculty Contact Information:  Professor Bruce Bucci, bbucci@bu.edu, 857-366-4188
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information: sedgrad@bu.edu, 617-353-4237

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.